09 September 2016

This 'n' That

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? (Matthew 6:26)
Well, I know at least one way in which God cares for the ducks of the air...by providing cracked corn in my backyard. At one point last week, we counted 30+ ducks visiting our little backyard buffet. Yes, that is a lot of ducks. Thankfully we know they are just passing through, otherwise we could never keep up with the cracked corn feeding frenzy!

Watching God's creation—and His provision for His creation—is amazing, isn't it? Our Creator has accounted for every minute detail in the lives of every living thing. And if He does this for ducks and squirrels and mockingbirds, then surely He will also provide for His children, will He not? Indeed, He will and He does, as Christ so clearly taught in this same portion of the Sermon on the Mount:
Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:31-34)
Why, then, do we worry and fret over our temporary circumstances? No, trying to justify our sin of worry by saying "Because we are human!" is not acceptable. Though He is not required to, God has demonstrated His faithfulness to His own over and over again. If we know our Shepherd, then we must trust and follow Him.
I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me... (John 10:14)
The picture of Christ as the Good Shepherd is perhaps one of my favorites. Jesus Christ, our Savior, Lord, and God incarnate, is the same good shepherd who was prophesied in Ezekiel 34. He is the Shepherd of Psalm 23. He cares for all His creatures, but especially seeks, cares for, and guides His sheep. Do you trust Him? He will never lead you astray.

Okay, so we went from ducks to sheep to the Good Shepherd. I'm not sure those were the smoothest transitions I could have made, but it's Friday, so expectations should be low after the busyness of the week. And, because it is Friday, it means that it's finally time to unwind and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • The fire and brimstone preacher who succeeded.
  • The pope has declared Mother Theresa a saint; however, true Christians are all reckoned as saints at salvation. In light of this recent announcement by the Roman Catholic Church, it might be helpful to examine some hard truths about Mother Theresa.
  • FDA says we don't need antibacterial soap. I wholeheartedly disagree.
  • On a somewhat related note, this is kind of fascinating (if it's legitimate); however, I'd argue this offers reason why we should be working to develop new and stronger antibiotics, not reason to stop prescribing antibiotics altogether.
  • Why was this removed in the first place?
  • Can we please stop using the word "incarnational" to describe ministry, evangelism, or, well, anything other than the incarnation of Christ?
  • I'm interested in reading this work on the Socinian controversy.
  • Oh, Apple, don't you know that we don't handle change well?
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Perry Noble plans to return to ministry "in some capacity."
  • Stop being judgmental by telling me not to be judgmental. Or something like that.
  • About that broken relationship:

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