Does an egret have regret?
Can a duck lose its pluck?
What if a gull is dull, or a sparrow, shallow?
“Birds of a feather flock together”, as the saying goes.
They fly so high into the sky. How, we know not, nor why?
They could be looking for prey or a place to make a nest
But maybe they spread their wings just to feel the wind and enjoy the views.
Up there they are safe, lest an airplane into their path becomes
Or a bullet from a far away fired gun.
If I could I’d fly with the birds and leave the problems of this world below
I’d feel the wind through my hair as upon the earth I gaze
It would matter not where I would go,
Just to be free and wild and bold
Then maybe I would know if the egret has regrets, or if a duck could lose its pluck.
Interviewer to Gregory Peck: “Considering the accomplishments of your legendary career, what do you want to be remembered for the most?”
Gregory Peck to Interviwer: “Being a good husband and father.”
For all the day will come
When we no longer breathe the air.
A day I do not walk the earth
And have left an empty chair.
What was must one day step aside
For what will come to be.
I walk and wonder in this world
About what will speak of me.
Birds singing above me in the trees
Sing from birds who sang before.
Creatures love the young they raise
Because once they were adored.
The sun rejoices for the moon
By lighting up the sky.
The moon reflects upon the sun
Yet we never wonder why.
The things I fixed and what I’ve made
Will all fall away.
Yet the words I’ve written on the heart
Will forever stay.
The love my family has from me
Will show in my daughter's daughter’s smile.
God’s love shown through my life
Will last more than just a while.
The good seeds that we plant in life
Will almost always grow.
Yet the fruit which falls from those trees
We almost always never know.
Our light will shine through hearts we’ve loved
Like a fire spreading fast.
When our lives are held in God’s hand,
Our love forever lasts.
I want to remain readers today of Luke 7: 36 - 50; the story of a woman who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.
The Bible states; that while he was eating, she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. She honoured him.This action however did not please his host Simon, because the lady was know as a sinful woman.
Luke 7: 39 "When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
Luke 7: 44 "Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
At this point I want to share something that changed my life. Lord Jesus Christ did not condemn her, He ignored the physical appearance, He did not judge her, He ignored the condemned faces of men around Him and did not condemn her. The King of Glory looked at her heart and saw a repentant lady. He commended her for receiving him warmly and told her to wipe her tears, her sins are forgiven. Before the eyes of men, her act was judgmental, before the eyes of God who sees the heart, it was service.
Today's message is about a sinful woman willingly to repent, a very powerful message of redemption, a signal that no matter how low one has fallen, its never too late to turn back.
Sociologist claim nothing happens without a cause. Before judging another or condemn another, find out what makes the person tick. Does condemnation correct the worst attitude?
SYMPATHIZE WITH THE SINNER, as Christians we are instruments of change, Christians are stewards, the character of Jesus attracted her to Jesus. The lady who was caught in the act of adultery, when asked, Jesus replied in John 8: 6 : “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” . He who was without sin (Jesus Christ) loved sinners and did not condemn them, God of second chance. We are children of love, loved by a loved God. We are born of love, show love to others.
The radio reception was fading in and out. I was hearing a discussion that was so passionate and interesting I had to pull over to the shoulder in a clear reception area. One of the guests was sharing about the reasons for a rise in depression, drug abuse and suicide in America. She mentioned that we no longer teach our children the words of the founders, or the Declaration of Independence, we have replaced reason and rational inquiry with emotional and political correctness. We are no longer teaching that we are blessed with self-evident truths, that we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights. We are no longer teaching that as created beings we are made in our creators’ image and have value and meaning and purpose. I felt a sense of grief for our nation and a verse of scripture came to mind.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His inheritance!” Psalm 33:12
My heart raced as I remembered how I had come to faith in Christ because of a study I had begun of the words and actions revealing the hearts and minds of our founders. I knew that a rational and reasonable examination of the history of our founding as “one nation under God” is effective in bringing about a conviction of truth.
I had concluded that Christianity had survived thousands of years because of the testimony and martyrdom of its faithful followers. I had reasoned that the apostles being the frail men they were had been friended and changed by Jesus Christ. They lived with Him, traveled and spoke with Him, they were taught by Him and ministered with Him. They had given their lives over to Jesus. They found Him so remarkable, so life-changing, so life-giving and uplifting to the point that they were willing to die for speaking the truth of who He is.
Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. And we believe and know that you are The Messiah, The Son of THE LIVING GOD.” John 6:68-69
We, believers, are the spiritual descendants of the apostles, saints and martyrs, pilgrims and statesmen who have declared that “we have no king but King Jesus!” The fruits of liberty and freedom we enjoy in this country are unequaled anywhere in the world.
"For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?" Deuteronomy 4:7
Christian principles formed the foundation of our Declaration of Independence our Constitution our Government and Judicial system, we have been blessed with so much that we now take for granted.
As these principles are attacked daily by the enemies of life and liberty we must be vigilant in teaching and restoring the understanding and the true source of these principles.
There is no greater battle than the one being waged right now for the hearts and minds of our youth. The public school system has removed the teaching of these valuable foundational principles and all mention of their true source. This blessed nation is at stake.
In the early days of our founding, the Puritans formed schools with the purpose of teaching Scripture to every child. The study of the Bible was essential for developing a worldview that understood principles of self-government and just laws, which upheld the value of life, liberty, and property.
These were the schools that helped develop leaders such as Patrick Henry who spoke the words “Give me liberty or give me death”
A famous beneficiary of a principled Christian education, author of the 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language and Founding Father of American scholarship, Noah Webster, wrote:
“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed. . . . No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”
Founder, Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence, in his publication titled A Defense of the Use of the Bible as a Schoolbook, wrote:
“Before I state my arguments in favor of teaching children to read by means of the Bible, I shall assume the … following propositions: First, that Christianity is the only true and perfect religion, and that in proportion as mankind adopt its principles and obeys its precepts, they will be wise and happy; Second, that a better knowledge of this religion is to be acquired by reading the Bible than in any other way; Finally, that the Bible contains more knowledge necessary to man in his present state than any other book in the world. . . .”1
Often considered the father of the American Revolution, Samuel Adams wrote in 1790:
“Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity and universal philanthropy, and, in subordination to these great principles, the love of their country; of instructing them in the art of self-government, without which they never can act a wise part in the government of societies, great or small; in short, of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system . . . .” Letter to John Adams, October 4, 1790
The Principle Approach Model for Learning and Teaching American Christian History
From the Foundation of American Christian Education - F.A.C.E.
The generations of our founding had applied their learning to the task of building a nation founded on Christian principles. Their capacity to apply a Christian worldview and moral reason to all areas of life helped establish a nation of Law and Liberty that would allow and encourage all people to pursue God and His Word
My study began with the Foundation for American Christian History. Since that eye-opening study, I have become aware of other organizations that share the same desire of teaching and restoring a true understanding of the basic Christian principles of our founding while developing a worldview that is able to discern the times in which we live. They are listed below.
The Pilgrim Institute
The Summit Ministries / Understanding the Times Curriculum
The Public Square / American Policy Roundtable / Mission To America
The Exodus Mandate
1 Benjamin Rush, Essays, Literary, Moral and Philosophical (Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas and William Bradford, 1806) pp. 93-94.
I won't mention the European country ("X") or provide names, as you'll see why. The embarrassment
for me started the day after a speaking engagement that I had helped to arrange at X's version of
West Point. Angela, my U.S. military office's community relations advisor and a local national, hit me
with precision-guided salvos the next morning, as soon as she saw me walk nonchalantly past her office door.
But Captain, the Prince thought that you were mad at him!
Angela, what do you mean? I didn't even interact with the cadet--him! After all, I was just
an escort for the American officer. So, when Captain Jones gave his speech to the
eager-to-learn-English cadets, Jones and I were guided to a reception room for he
and the Prince to meet, have some coffee and pastry and converse. Being an escort, it wasn't
about me, so I just stood in a corner, glad that I was witnessing the rapport between
a future King and--oh no!
Oh, yes. The Academy commander just called to relay that the prince thought that you were aloof
with him or something, and he couldn't figure out why you didn't want to talk with him.
Well, how in the world am I going to live this down? You know that, every month, we send
a junior military officer to talk about his or her experience. Now it will be "Captain Stuck-up" and his
guest speaker--unless I get an audience with his future highness to deliver my own speech,
a mea culpa. You will just have to be the escort yourself, from now on!
I often look back on this international snafu with a chuckle, sometimes with regret. It has served
as a reminder that minding one's station should be coupled with an open eye to serve
and gain rapport. I do recall how the now-King looked at me with an inquiring glance from the corner
of an eye.
If I'd only had my antennas up. I can share this with my grandchildren before they reach the, "Oh come on!" stage.
Innocence doesn't read social demands into things.
Paul said, "We all err in many ways." We need to be ready to excuse others--perhaps even ourselves.
I've done the latter to myself many a time. This ability keeps us from being harsh, while still leaving
it open to politely expect better from ourselves and others. Room to rebound.
I wonder what would happen if I wrote an open letter to the King. Would an anonymous letter make
it past his correspondence gatekeepers? I'd like to just say, "Hey remember when ... ? I just hope
you and the Queen are doing well." No, I'll leave it alone.
Who knows. Maybe the King remembers that position can intimidate or unintentionally inhibit. One thing I do know.
From what what I've seen on TV and other media, he is kind to those around him.