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Sunday, June 25, 2017

AOC Sunday Report - Second Sunday after Trinity

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Happy Second Sunday after Trinity!

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We have great sermons from Bishops Jerry and Roy, as well as Revs Hap and Bryan.  Yes, Hap!  Rev Jack is on travel to York in the UK, so no sermon from him this week.  Each of the sermons covers different ground and most cases, different scripture.  The picture above is a primrose path.  Why?  Well, even though he is careful to base his sermons on Scripture, and the word primrose does not appear in the Authorized Version, Bishop Jerry managed to work it into his sermon, read it and find out how.

There are a lot of people who need your prayers.  Start with Kurt, Shamu, Jimmy, Mary, Bob and Michael and work out from there.

May each of you accept God's help and grace for an Epic Week ahead.

Godspeed,

Hap
Church of the Faithful Centurion
Descanso, California

Sermon Notes - Second Sunday after Trinity - Saint Andrew’s Anglican Orthodox Church - 25 June 2017, Anno Domini

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Second Sunday after Trinity.
The Collect.
                                                                                                   
O
 LORD, who never failest to help and govern those whom thou dost bring up in thy stedfast fear and love; Keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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nd the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision. 2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; 3 And ere

the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; 4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. 5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down. 6 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. 9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
11 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. 14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. 15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I. 17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee. 18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good
. (I Samuel 3:1-18)

             Samuel was a child who came by way of the direct miracle of God just as Adam had come to be; just as Isaac was born to Sarah long past child-bearing years; and John the Baptist by the same means; and even like unto that greatest of all miracles of birth – Jesus Christ by means of a young virgin. It is heart-breaking to read of the sorrows of Hannah and the humiliation she experienced from Peninnah (1 Sam 1:2) the fruitful wife of Hannah’s husband, Elkanah. Though to man, it was not possible for Hannah to bear a child, yet she took her burden before the Lord in grief and longing and He granted her conception (just as He grants to every mother of children common to mankind).  Of course, the gift of conception was not without obligation – and neither is the birth of any child given without obligation. Even at the instant of conception, God is forming, not that which will BECOME a boy or girl baby, but a boy or girl that He has already created though conception – it is purely and wholly a human life – make no mistake about it. In the case of Hannah, her obligation was a particular one based upon her promise to the Lord: And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. (1 Sam 1:11) Not all mothers are bound by such a particular vow, but they are definitely bound by the natural law of God to nurture the child physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We, in the Anglican Church, even provide a backup in fulfilling that role of the mother and father in the provision of Godparents who vow to do all possible to see to the child’s spiritual nurturing.

            Today’s narrative begins with a curious introduction: And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision. May I point out from the start the Word of the Lord is always precious, but the value of a precious stone is always increased by its rarity! The true and untarnished (by modern translation manipulations) is enhanced in value for our day due to its growing rarity. 11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. (Amos 8:11-12) 

            When we observe the moral ruins of our modern landscape, particularly in America, we are forced to admit that there is no open vision for the things of God, or even a high regard for His Holy Word (even in most churches). The comparative states of modern America and Israel of that day enjoy many parallels. Just as America, having escaped the bondage of Europe, came into being through the Beneficence and Providence of God through the labors of our Godly Founding Fathers, so did Israel come out of Egypt into the Promised Land after experiencing the challenges of the Wilderness Journey. Having crossed Jordan Waters into the Land of Promise, they had only God to be their Ruler, and they were most blessed among all nations of the earth.  The same was true of the Founding documents of America which appealed to God for protection and guidance. But, as disobedience to God’s Law grew out of a complacent regard for the Holiness of God, Israel was given judges to divide and interpret the laws of society. Israel began to reject God as her King and choose, rather, the fashions and customs of those ungodly nations over which God had given them the preeminence. The descent into the dark abyss is never partial, but is expedited by the powerful draw of the central maelstrom toward which they have drawn nearer and nearer. Judges, though begun in earnest intent, will always lead to the errors of man if unrestrained by the biblical constitution. The rule of the Judges led to a chaotic society in which every man did according to whatever he could get advantage in doing. There will forever be a king over a people whether of God, or of faulty men:  In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25) If God is not our King, we will presume to be our own king. When god is not our Ruler, lawlessness and a failure of honor will always result. Wake up, America!

           Now, God has a means of providing an “open vision” for Israel just as He did for America at our own founding. He will raise up a man through whom He may provide that vision – the prophet Samuel! Long before Hannah ever made her first journey with Elkanah up to Shiloh to worship, God had called Samuel from the misty dawn of Eternity Past to be a Prophet in Israel for such a time as this. God had, and used, a means whereby Hannah would be drawn to dedicate her first-born, Samuel, to the service of the Lord. It was not Hannah’s real decision, but one which God caused her to see and do. Are we, who call ourselves by the Name ‘Christian’ following that will of God as He rules in our lives, or do we judge for ourselves the things that seem right in (our) own eyes.

            Need I tell you that all men do not equally hear the Voice and summons of the Lord – even those to whom is given the authority of Holy Orders by the Church!  Eli was a priest; however, he had not raised up his own sons in the godly admonition of the Lord (a sin) and was not worthy of the same level of revelation received by the fair young child, Samuel. (see 1 Samuel 2:11-18).  Please observe the manner in which God calls Samuel – the keen ears of Samuel in hearing god’s call, and the dull ears of Eli to hear the same Voice! Read carefully the following passage:  3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; 4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. 5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down. 6 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. 9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

            Noteworthy is the fact that Samuel, even before he knew the Lord, heard that Voice calling from the dark shadows of the Temple; but the priest of the Lord who presumably knew Him, could not hear. Aren’t the works and mysteries of the Lord in His ways beyond our finding out? Another important observation in the calling of Samuel is the fact that God does not relent in calling His chosen vessel. If the Call is not comprehended at first, God will (as the Hound of Heaven) continue calling until the message is received and acted upon.  It may also be observed that the called of God continue to need counsel from others. There are no Know-It-Alls in the Kingdom of Heaven except the All-Knowing Triune God. Samuel sought confirmation continually from his elder in the Temple. I hope and pray that we, as the servants of the Lord (every Christian), will hear and respond to the Voice of the Lord in all our ways.

            There is a sharp-edged warning to parents in America, and all places, in the words of the Lord rendered against Eli for failing to: 1st) raise up his sons in the nurture and truth of God’s Law, and, secondly) for not restraining his sons for doing evil. The parents of our nation face a great judgment of God for our failure to raise our children under the Godly model. Read what God says to Samuel: 11 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. 14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. When God brings judgment, He often brings the final condemnation with it. It is interesting to note that Eli died of a broken neck following the loss of the Ark in battle to the Philistines. Beware the judgment of God when it comes, for it brings with it the suffering of the innocent along with the guilty. Israel was roundly defeated by the avenger – the Philistines because of their own sins, and particularly the sins of their priesthood. What of the sins of the modern clergy of churches who call good, evil, and evil, good? They have been complicit with the enemies of God and shall be the means by which a great and Godly nation has fallen. 

           Moral cowardice and greed are the two prongs of the modern ministry that has led America down the primrose path to moral depravity and materialism.  Such devices may lead us individually down the same path as well. It is not enough to hear and know the Voice of the Lord, we must have the courage to proclaim it – even to those who hold the sway of power over us: 15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I. 17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee. 18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.  Even the weak and wavering Eli recognize the authority and intent of god once spoken to him by Samuel, the young prophet recently called of God. Are we, fellow Christians, fearful of showing the vision of God to others, particularly those in government? Or do we allow the deleterious will of Satan to go unchecked in the name of governmental authority. There is no division or separation of church and state in the US Constitution, but there is a protection of the Church FROM state. “Congress shall make NO law respecting the establishment of religion, or PROHIBITING the FREE EXERCISE thereof.” How much plainer could this clause be? If the Congress has made NO law respecting the establishment of religion, which law is it that the US Supreme Court is ruling upon that forbids the free expression and exercise of religion at all times and at all places? 


            I believe America is entering into a judgment of God that has been preceded by innumerable warnings and amazing acts of God. Like Eli, we have not heard God’s Voice in the earthquake, the destroying winds, and the vulnerability of our tall towers to the wicked intent of the enemy.  America has lost her vision (there was no open vision in Israel). We have turned “as the dog to his vomit, and as the sow to wallowing in the mud.”  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. (2 Peter 2:22) We have even been encouraged to do so by the modern church. Israel grew weary of having God as their King and petitioned, later, to Samuel to give them a king ‘like all the other nations.” This broke Samuel’s heart, but God told Samuel to give them a king according to their desires – such a king would rob and steal all their substance including their sons and daughters. Do we not see the same in our own day? This warning of God applies to nations as well as individuals: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Gal 6:7) The window for repentance of the nation draws narrow. Shall we hear the Voice and repent in time to forego that horrible judgment that is surely coming to our fair shores? Shall we again have God as our King, or shall we prefer Mammon?

Second Sunday after Trinity

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Sermon – Reverend Jack Arnold - Time and Action
Church of the Faithful Centurion - Descanso, California
Today’s sermon brought the Collect, Epistle and Gospel together and is partly contained in the forewords above.  

Consider these words from the Collect:

… who never failest to help and govern those whom thou dost bring up in thy stedfast fear and love; Keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name

We must fully understand and acknowledge God will help and lead us, but only if we will look to Him for that help and leadership.  We need His Help, in the form of the Holy Ghost, to direct our hearts, minds and souls to look to Him for that Help in our time of need.  Thus, we continually ask God, through the offices of the Holy Ghost, to help us understand we actually need help and be open to accepting it.

Speaking of time of need; when do we need God?  Only when we are falling short of perfection.  That would be all the time.

The Epistle is a great illustration of why we need guidance from the Holy Ghost all the time.  The world is not a nice place and at times it gets depressing to be in. However, there is one person that is always there for us, regardless of how dreary and awful it gets. And that is God, and He has a way to comfort us in these times, through His Love and the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is here to help us spread that love, and to help us figure out what we need to do, to make our corner of the world a better place. But how do we get His Love?  If we want God’s love, we have to love those around us.  That is pretty easy.  It is easy to love people.  The problem is that we actually have to act on that claim of love, not just say we love them.  We have to give of our time and effort to help those around us who have problems. Loving our neighbor as ourselves is harder than it sounds.  John tell us “And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”

So how far do we have to go to fulfill our obligation to love our fellow beings?  We have a leader, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is not only the Propitiation for our sins[1], but who set the standard for our performance.  As John reminds us, “He laid down his life for us.”  So, too much work or I don’t have time are probably not valid excuses. There is no excuse for not doing as Christ did and loving our fellow beings even unto death. There is no excuse that is adequate to get us out of this job. So we must perform this task with great cheer. For you cannot have true love without cheerfulness and a giving heart. We may be serious at times, but we can still be cheerful in that we have the love of God within our hearts and we can spread that to others.  Don’t forget the little reminder from GK Chesterton:

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.

Speaking of time, many times people put off church for other “more important” things, do you?  Like the certain man who made a great supper, the Lord sets aside a time every week for us to worship with Him.  Actually, His time is pretty flexible.  The Lord’s worship can be done at times other than 1000 on Sunday morning if you really do have to work, you have weekend duty, you are on alert or something you really cannot get out of.  But, where are your priorities?  Is a football game, a fishing trip or just plain sleeping in the “reason” for your failing to show for the great supper?  When you fail to plan ahead, you plan to fail.  So always plan ahead and plan for success, that way you will never fail to show for the great supper.

The Gospel is about more than just going to church, it is about priorities.  We need to put the things that are really important in the list of things to do above the things that are not really important.  We need to think about what is important to us and to God.  Sometimes they are different.  Then, we need the Holy Ghost to get our priorities in order.

People do what is important to them.  When they feel guilty they come up with excuses, but in reality, they please themselves.

So, what we need to do is ask the Holy Ghost for help to make God’s agenda ours; thus when we please God, we please ourselves.  A win – win situation. And it will make us far happier people as a result, which is what God’s plan is for us all along. Whenever He tells us not to do something, it is to make us happy not sad. He never wants us to be sad, to the contrary, He wants us to be happy. But unlike us, He really does know what will make us happy, and that is to follow His Will. But until we get that thought into our hearts, souls and minds, we will never be truly happy. 

If we do not make time for God, how do we expect Him to make time for us?  If we will not diligently study the lessons He has left for us, how can we expect to know what He wants us to do?

Do you recall more sage words from GK Chesterton?

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.


We need to come to church and read the Bible so we can find out what God wants.  But, the idea is not to find out what He wants so we can work around it or live with it, but rather live in it.  Or rather, to live it. Once we find out what God wants for us, we need to live that reality that He has planned for us, not the one that we want for ourselves. Think about the 613 Mosaic laws and the Pharisees who made a good living telling people how to comply with them to the letter and still do just what they wanted to do.  

If we find out what God wants and decide to actually do it instead of avoid it, we are still faced with an often huge problem of where do we get the strength to accomplish this task.  The answer is circular, from God, the Holy Ghost.  He never asks us to do anything we cannot do good enough for Him if we rely on Him.  Never.  

Heaven is at the end of an uphill trail.  The easy downhill trail does not lead to the summit.

The time is now, not tomorrow.  The time has come, indeed.  How will you ACT?

It is by our actions we are known.

Be of God - Live of God - Act of God



[1] Book of Common Prayer, the Comfortable Words, Page 76

Friday, June 23, 2017

Eagle Saints - 23 June 2017

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We are told in Holy Writ that the Holy Spirit will be our guide and teacher, leading us into all truth.

When we seek, we shall find. And when we come to a fullness of the knowledge of God, we become like Him because we Love Him. We become as clay in the hands of the Great Potter.

No matter what befalls us in this life, we have a certain assurance of God’s Providential care for us, for He is always concerned about those in whom He sees the likeness of His only Begotten Son.

     We may always be sure that God is ready to catch us when we stumble:

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee;  (Deuteronomy 33:27)

The Bible often uses beautiful illustrations from nature to teach us truth. Today, we will learn what God says about the Eagle and what characteristics are common to the Eagle and the True Christian.

The symbol of the United States is the Eagle because our Founding Fathers were Godly men who desired that our national spirit would be akin to that of the Great Eagle.

You have heard it said that the Lion is the King of the Jungle. No other beast can challenge his rule. The same is true of the Eagle. It is the King of the Skies. No other creature can challenge the Eagle in its chosen environment. It is stronger, more ferocious in battle, able to fly higher, and more independent than any other bird.

1.              The Eagle mates for life. (Just as Christians are commanded to do) Eagles may live for as long as one hundred years or more. Christians may also live a long and happy life according to the Commandment.

2.              The Eagle is a loner – never flies in a flock or crowd but always alone or with its mate. We, too, are commanded to come apart and be separate from the world. We are not to “run with the crowd!”

3.              The Eagle can fly high above stormy weather. His strong wings allow him to float above all earthly troubles (just as the Holy Spirit allows us to rise above the petty problems of this life.) The Eagle soars effortlessly allowing the wind currents to lift him. So does the Christian depend upon the lifting forces of the Holy Spirit to soar effortlessly in the Christian walk?

4.              The Eagle has excellent vision. He can spot a mouse from 8,000 ft above the earth. (A Christian, likewise, should have far-sightedness in identifying sin and error.)
 
5.              The Eagle jealousy guards her young. When terrible storms arise, the mother and father eagle spread their wings around the young in their nest to protect them from harm.

6.              The Eagle is very fast. Deuteronomy 28:49 tells us that the Eagle is swift. Christians should also work with deliberate speed to redeem the time of the coming of Christ.

7.              We are told in Scripture that the Eagle can fly straight up to the heavens and into the Sun.  When danger threatens, the Eagle flies directly to the Sun and the archer is unable to see him for the sun’s brightness. When Christians encounter evil or temptation, they need only fly toward the Sun of Righteousness (Jesus Christ) and Satan can not take aim on us.
     Just recently, scientists have learned exactly why the Eagle can look directly at the Sun. The Eagle has a membrane which will cover the Eagle’s eyes when it looks toward the Sun. Almost like sunglasses.

8.              When the Eagle becomes old and miserable, it can renew its youth and strength. Look at Psalms 103:5 - Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. 

The Eagle cares fervently for its young. During the time of breeding, the Eagle parents build a nest on a high crag (always near a great rock). Job 39:

27.  Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
28.  She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
29.  From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.
30.  Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.

They build the nest of strong limbs and briars – even sharp pieces of glass and thorns. Doesn’t sound so comfortable does it? Then the Eagles bring leaves and cotton and line the nest. At last, the fur of rabbits and other creatures is brought to make the nest a paradise for the expected baby eagles. When the babies are hatched, the Eagles bring food constantly. A baby eagle needs a lot of food to nourish its growing body. When a mother cannot find prey for her young, she will feed them from her own blood. How like Christ is this natural instinct of the Eagle? We need the cleansing blood of Christ to wash away our sins, and then we need the Bread of Heaven (Word) to make us strong in our Faith.

So do young Christians need much teaching in the Word of God.
   
     When the young are able to move about and even walk, the mother does something very strange: she stirs up the nest and removes the comfortable fur and leaves so that thorns and briars remain. Deuteronomy 32:11. 

11.  As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
12.  So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
13.  He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;

         The nest is now quite uncomfortable. When we become complacent in our walk as Christians, God quite often stirs up our nest and makes us so uncomfortable that we leave our former state and embark on new missions in life. That is what happens to the young eagles. They become uncomfortable and leave the nest during the day. They walk about the top of the mountain until their strength is increased. Then the mother swoops down and knocks them from the top of the mountain. The young eagle is confused at this sudden unfriendly treatment by its mother. It falls helplessly for hundreds of feet. Finally it tries to flap its wings, but to no avail. As it falls down and down near to the surface of the valley below, the mother Eagle swoops under her baby at the last minute and catches it on her back. Exodus 19:4 -  I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.

        An Eagle always carries her young on her back between her wings. Her talons are too strong to grasp her baby. God also carries us in the safest manner on His back (like Korean O’pah). She repeats this exercise over and over until the young eagle is able to fly.

    The Eagle enjoys a great life for many decades, but there comes a time when the Eagle is old and weary. They get disgusted with life and are tired of living. Some Christians likewise. The Eagle goes through a period called the moping (or mourning) period when they are perhaps 50 years old. They quit flying. They walk down the mountain to the floor of the valley. They begin to live off of the grass, insects and rats that inhabit the valley floor. This is a phase that many Christians go through. After many weeks, the eagle’s feathers become stiff and coated with goo. Their beaks become coated with a buildup of calcium so that they are unable to get food and insects from between rocks. Their condition becomes hopeless – and they will surely die if they do not amend their attitudes. They become possible prey for land locked animals such as wolves and coyotes.
The younger eagles bring them food and shriek from the air their warnings in an attempt to encourage the older eagles to fly to safety.

     Finally, the old eagle becomes totally enraged at his deplorable condition. He gets mad – very mad. He begins to climb the mountain again. He climbs desperately back up to the large rock near which he was born. He beats his beak against the rock until the calcium deposits are gone. He then pulls out all his unsightly feathers until he becomes bald. Micah 1:16 -  Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.
Likewise the Christian, after falling from the Christian path, must become angered and disgusted at his deplorable state and resolve to amend his way through repentance and grief at his sins.

     In a few days, the Eagle begins to take on a new appearance: new feathers begin to cover his body. Finally, the Eagle looks just like a new, young Eagle. He soars into the heavens with a new lease on life. He may live another one hundred years after having renewed his strength. Christians may likewise renew their strength as the Eagle.

Look at Isaiah 40: 28:

28.  Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
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.

Do not be a pigeon Christian, fearful of every predator and danger. The pigeon travels in the company of the common flock. He eats dead organism and anything else which comes within his purview. He is fearful of the slightest danger. He lacks courage, determination, and valor.


Be an Eagle Christian and fear not. When the times are difficult, soar above the storm. When tiresome days come, renew your strength in the Lord. Glide on the wings of the Holy Spirit without labor or effort. That is the way of the Eagle and the Way of the Christian!