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“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong, and a man of knowledge increases power.” (Pro 24:3-5)

Readers,

Would you really like to learn the ways of the Lord?

Did you know that God said His ways are not our ways? He also said that His thoughts are not our thoughts.

Did you know that there is a way to walk with God where the blessings of the Lord can enrich your total life? The Psalmist said that God raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of His people.” (Cf. Ps113:7,8)

In my nearly 45 years as a gospel minister, the Lord has helped me greatly to be able to teach many of His life-changing truths. If you are serious about your walk with the Lord, and if you are willing to search the Scriptures with an open and honest heart and mind, there is a good chance that I help you.

I have 500+ Bible studies available on the web. This may sound a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t have be. Simply look at the title of a study to see if it is something that would interest you.

Here are the sites where you can preview the studies:

  1. Archives from my online journal: http://buddymartin.net/blog/archives/
  2. Book of Acts: http://www.christianchallenge.org/hebraic-foundations/Acts/index.shtml
  3. Hebraic foundations of Christianity: http://www.christianchallenge.org/hebraic-foundations/index.html

 

Are You an Eagle or a Chicken 

Perhaps you are struggling over your walk with the Lord. Many years ago I said to my wife, ‘Honey, I feel like I’m caught in a net and I don’t know what it is.’ 

Over time it dawned on me that I was like the little eagle egg that had been misplaced with the chickens. I’ve shared this story before but I never tire of sharing it. It has much to say about a believer’s walk with the Lord. See if there is something in this story that speaks to your heart.

 

The Story of the Little Eagle’s Heart

Somehow an eagle’s egg became mixed with a number of chicken eggs that had been set aside to be hatched. The little eaglet hatched right along with a brood of chicks. The eagle looked a bit different, but for all she knew she was just another chicken.

But something deep in the eaglet’s heart was restless. She had this tugging in her heart that could not be explained. The eaglet kept stretching her wings. It made the other chicks look at her as an odd ball. But since chickens do very limited flying, the eaglet simply had to accept things as they were.

It wasn’t just the stretching of her wings. For some strange reason she didn’t like the food that the chickens were eating.

Now that was a real problem. All the other chickens continuously looked at the ground for bugs or corn or whatever they could find. But this growing young eagle couldn’t keep her eyes off the sky.

So it happened. As was her habit, one day while looking up at the sky, behold the young eaglet saw these majestic birds soaring on the air currents. She couldn’t explain her feelings. Tears filled her eyes. Her heart-strings were being tugged at.

What kind of chickens were they? None of the chickens she knew could fly. In fact the farmer kept their wings clipped so that they could not fly. And it was getting close to the time for the young eagle’s wings to be clipped.

That’s when it happened. One of the majestic birds spotted the young eagle and flew down to check things out.  The great eagle said, ‘What are you doing in that chicken pen?’ The young eagle said, ‘This is where all the chickens that I know, live.’ The great bird said, ‘You are not a chicken. You are an eagle.’

Something went off inside the young eagle’s heart. It was like an eruption of all her pent-up emotions. ‘Is it possible that I am not a chicken?!’

She began flapping her wings as hard as she could. Her feet lifted off the ground but not enough for flying. The majestic eagle said, ‘You are doing it wrong. Come here. Climb on my back. I’ll show you how its done.’

Boy was she nervous. On the majestic eagle’s back she climbed. He spread out his mighty pinions and with a lifting of his wings, off they soared, higher, and higher. The wind flushed through her feathers. How wonderful it felt.

‘Don’t be afraid. It’s your turn. You were designed to fly.’ The majestic eagle did a backward flip and off into nothing went the young eagle. ‘I’m falling! I’m falling!’

‘No you aren’t. Just spread out your wings! You’ll see.’

She spread out her wings and fly she did. She soared and soared and soared. The young eaglet could not believe it. She could not get enough flying. On top of things, she had also found a great family of eagles to be with. They were just like her.

 

OK, so now you know the story of the eaglet who thought she was a chicken.

No, she never went back to the chicken pen. After all, she was an eagle and eagles are birds of majesty. They are designed to soar in the heavenly places.

There is only one more suggestion that I can make. If you will pray the prayer of David, this in itself will be a good starting place. Listen:

“Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.” (Psa 119:18) – The Hebrew term for Law speaks of the Lord’s instructions. 

Think about these things.

In Christ always,

Buddy

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2 thoughts on “500+

  1. Sadness filled my heart when I read this…Satan is a deceiver and evidently you need to take inventory of your heart.
    Many pastors who left UPC did so taking all the churches money as though it was just theirs. Many men left because wives decided to be the head of the house and go against holy dress…. causing marriage issues.
    My heart hurts for you, I would rather go overboard on my holiness then be standing in front of the throne and missed heaven because I was too proud to be holy because of peoples opinions. Wake up… I’ve seen it happen and pastors now who left the church and try to do their own ministry, or even group together, then see the sin filled drinking, loose children committing adultery and thinking it is ok.
    Men who once preached holiness then changed are not someone I would want as a pastor. If anyone is a pastor he should never preach anything he doesn’t totally understand or believe.Pastors who change with the wind will face God and be accountable for their immoral ways…. lies, stealing from God’s house, immoral conduct etc.
    I want my children to have a moral life and not one which is inconsistent such as is the case of those who left their first love.

    • Sue,

      I’m sorry that sadness fills your heart. You seem to have an angry spirit. I pray you discover the true life that belongs to each child of God.

      May the Lord be gracious to you, and may He forgive you for your judgemental attitude,

      In Christ always,

      Buddy

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