Lee’s One Word Monday – 9/26/16

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Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) Chick and Egg ©USFWS

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“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) Chick and Egg ©USFWS

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Lee’s Seven Word Sunday – 9/25/16

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Sandwich Tern ©Jürgen Reich

IF ANY PROVIDE NOT FOR HIS OWN

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“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
(1 Timothy 5:8 KJV)

Sandwich Tern ©Jürgen Reich

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Sunday Inspiration – Passeriformes Review III

Painted Bunting Subspecies (Passerina ciris ciris) ©WikiC

Painted Bunting Subspecies (Passerina ciris ciris) ©WikiC

Today we finish the Review of the Passeriformes Order of birds. These are the perching and songbird that are spread around the world for us to enjoy. You can check on the other two reviews with the links at the end of this article. This is the last of the 131 Families currently in this order.

And the lords of the Philistines passed in review by hundreds and by thousands, but David and his men passed in review at the rear with Achish. (1 Samuel 29:2 NKJV)

This verse in I Samuel 29:2 mentions the “lords of the Philistines passed in review by hundreds and by thousands,” That verse has nothing to do with our birds, but we have passed before your eyes for months a review of these beautifully created birds from our Lord. With over 6,000 in the Passerinformes order, they have gone by week after week adding up to hundreds and thousands. I trust you have learned to appreciate the variety and splendor of many of them. Yet, there were some, like the “common, plain” birds that are still there to be enjoyed.

House Sparrow by Ray

House Sparrow by Ray

Just as none of us are “plain” or “common”, God loves us all.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.” (Luke 12:6 NKJV)

Here is the last part of the families in this Order. They continue in the Taxonomic order.

Leiothrichidae – Laughingthrushes
Sylviidae – Sylviid Babblers
Zosteropidae – White-eyes
Arcanatoridae – Dapple-throat and allies
Promeropidae – Sugarbirds
Irenidae – Fairy-bluebirds
Regulidae – Goldcrests, Kinglets
Elachuridae – Elachuras
Hyliotidae – Hyliotas
Troglodytidae – Wrens
Polioptilidae – Gnatcatchers
Sittidae – Nuthatches
Tichodromidae – Wallcreeper
Certhiidae – Treecreepers
Mimidae – Mockingbirds, Thrashers
Sturnidae – Starlings, Rhabdornis
Buphagidae – Oxpeckers
Turdidae – Thrushes
Muscicapidae – Chats, Old World Flycatchers (320)
Cinclidae – Dippers
Chloropseidae – Leafbirds
Dicaeidae – Flowerpeckers
Nectariniidae – Sunbirds
Passeridae – Old World Sparrows, Snowfinches
Ploceidae – Weavers, Widowbirds
Estrildidae – Waxbills, Munias and allies
Viduidae – Indigobirds, Whydahs
Peucedramidae – Olive Warbler
Prunellidae – Accentors
Motacillidae – Wagtails, Pipits
Urocynchramidae – Przevalski’s Finch
Fringillidae – Finches
Parulidae – New World Warblers
Incertae-Sedis2 – Family Uncertain-Wrenthrush and Chat
Icteridae – Oropendolas, Orioles and Blackbirds
Coerebidae – Bananaquit
Emberizidae – Buntings, New World Sparrows and allies
Thraupidae – Tanagers and allies
Calcariidae – Longspurs, Snow Buntings
Cardinalidae – Cardinals, Grosbeaks and allies

Sumatran Laughingthrush (Garrulax bicolor) by Dan at Wing of Asia Zoo Miami

Sumatran Laughingthrush (Garrulax bicolor) by Dan at Wing of Asia Zoo Miami

A list of the Sunday Inspirations about these families. Mr. Joe Cool, as I call him, is one of my favorite Laughingthrushes.

Laughingthrush – Leiothrichidae Family ~ “Ten Thousand Joys” ~ Choir – Lisa Brock – Jessie Padgett (Faith Baptist)

Sylviid Babblers ~ “I Stand Amazed” ~ Faith Baptist Choir

White Eyes ~ “Come, Look To Jesus” ~ Played by Jill Foster at Faith Baptist (during Communion)

Seven Small Families ~ “All Hail The Power” – Faith Baptist Orchestra

Wrens ~ “He is Everything To Me” – Men’s Ensemble – Faith Baptist

Nuthatches and Creepers ~ “How Deep Is Your Love?” – Played by Jill Foster (Faith Baptist)

Mockingbirds and Thrashers ~ “I Am Loved” ~ Faith Baptist Orchestra

Starlings, Mynas and Rhabdornis ~ “Once Upon A Tree” ~ Choir – and – “Sing To Jesus” ~ Angel Long & Jessie Padgett

Oxpeckers and Thrushes ~ “I Heard The Bells With Peace On Earth” – with Jessie Padgett, Angel Long and the FX Girls

Chats and Old World Flycatchers I ~ “Wise Men Still Seek Him” – Trio and Choir

Chats and Old World Flycatchers II ~ “The Birthday of a King” ~ by Dr. Richard Gregory, now in Glory

Chats and Old World Flycatchers III ~ O Come, O Come Emmanuel”  by Meagan Fee on Violin and Jill Foster accompanying

Dippers, Leafbirds and Flowerpeckers ~ Faith Medley” – Faith Baptist Choir

Sunbirds and Spiderhunters ~ “The Fountain” Harp — 9-year-old Alisa Sadikova – Video

Old World Sparrows ~ “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” – Don Marsh Orchestra

Weavers and Allies ~ “Jesus What A Might Name” – Pastor Jerry w/Choir and Orchestra

Waxwings and Allies I ~ “My Jesus I Love Thee” – by Meagan Fee (didn’t work 1st time-fixed)

Waxwings and Allies II ~ “My Jesus I Love Thee” – by Meagan Fee at Faith Baptist

Some Small Families ~ “Little Prayers” – by the ©The Hyssongs

Wagtails and Pipits ~ “Glorious Love” – Choir, Orchestra, Solo by Pastor Jerry

Finches I ~ “Mercies Anew” ~ by Lisa Brock, accompanied by Jill Foster

Finches II ~ “My Faith Has Found A Resting Place” ~ ©Artisans in Brass (Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs-Album) Used with permission

Finches III ~ “Shout To The North and the South” ~ by Faith Baptist Church Choir

Finches IV ~ “Once Upon A Tree” ~ by Faith Baptist Church Choir

New World Warblers – I ~ “How Can I Keep From Singing?” ~ Pastor Jerry Smith, Reagan, Caleb and Jessie

New World Warblers – II ~ “Heavenly Sunlight” ~ by Artisans in Brass

Three Small Families ~ “I’ll Be a Friend to Jesus” ~ Faith Baptist Quartet

Icteridae Family I ~ I’ll Stand Up and Say So” – by the ©The Hyssongs

Icteridae Family II ~ “It Is Well With My Soul” ~ by Sean Fielder

Icteridae Family III ~ “Stay Close To Me” ~ ©Hyssongs

Emberizidae’s – Buntings ~ “Triumphantly The Church Will Rise” ~ Faith Baptist Men’s Quintet

Emberizidae – Part II ~ “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” ~ by Kathy Lisby at Faith Baptist

Emberizidae Family Allies I ~ “Be Thou My Vision” ~ by Ladies and Girls Choir on Mother’s Day

Emberizidae Family Allies II ~ “Worthy The Lamb” – Faith Baptist Choir and Orchestra

Thraupidae – Tanagers and Allies I – “My Jesus I Love Thee” ~ Faith Baptist Orchestra

Thraupidae – Tanagers and Allies II – “My Faith Still Holds” ~ Faith Baptist Orchestra

Thraupidae – Tanagers and Allies III – “Jesus Paid It All” – Men’s Father’s Day Choir and “While The Ages Roll” –  Men’s Quartet

Thraupidae – Tanagers and Allies IV – “El Shaddai” ~ by Nell Reese

Thraupidae – Dacnis, Honeycreepers, Conebills ~ “Amazing Grace” and “I Love You, Written in Red” – – Orchestra & Choir (Faith Baptist Church)

Thraupidae – Flowerpiercers, Sierra Finches, Plus ~ “Your Grace is Sufficient” ~ Special by Courtney Love – Flute

Inca, Warbling and Various Finches ~ “Quiet Rest” and “Sweet Hour of Prayer” ~  by Kathy Lisby – Nell Reese acc. on piano.

Thraupidae Tanagers and Allies  VIII ~ “And Can It Be” – Sung by Angel Long and acc. Sean Fielder*

Thraupidae Tanagers and Allies Finale ~ “Hallelujah For The Cross” ~ by Jessie Padgett

Calcariidae – Longspurs and Snow Buntings ~ “House on A Rock” ~ by the Summer Kid’s Choir

Cardinalidae Family of Cardinals Plus ~ “Written in Red” – Orchestra & Choir

Cardinalidae Wrap-up ~ “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” ~ Choir and Orchestra

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“And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain,” (2 Chronicles 13:12a KJV)

“Ship Ahoy ~ by Dr. Richard Gregory

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Sunday Inspiration – Passeriformes Review I

Sunday Inspiration – Passeriformes Review II

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Lee’s Six Word Saturday – 9/24/16

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Noah taking the Dove Back on board. the Ark

THEN HE PUT FORTH HIS HAND

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“But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.” (Genesis 8:9 KJV)

Noah taking the Dove Back on board the Ark Encounter by Lee

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Birdwatching On Board the Ark Encounter – The Doves

Noah taking the Dove Back on board. the Ark

Noah taking the Dove Back on board. the Ark

On Monday, September 12, 2016 we visited the Ark Encounter in Kentucky. One of my goals was to find as many birds as I could on the Ark. Dan and I were on vacation for almost two weeks and the highlight of our trip was a visit to the Ark. When you first see the size of the, it is overwhelming. The picture below is almost deceiving. The Ark spans ” 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high.” (From the website)

Dan and I sitting way out front.

Dan and I sitting way out front.

“And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” (Genesis 6:19-22 KJV)

The first bird I observed was a carved bird in a workshop on board the Ark. It appears to be a dove, maybe.

Bird being carved in Workshop

Bird being carved in Workshop

The Workshop with the Dove

The Workshop with the Dove

Then we saw a dove resting before its next venture out of the Ark.

Dove resting on board the Ark

Dove resting on board the Ark

“And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.” (Genesis 8:11-12 KJV)

The next dove we saw was on a mural depicting various events in Genesis.

Mural Showing the Dove on the Ark

Mural Showing the Dove on the Ark

Mural on the Ark

Mural on the Ark

Stay tuned as the other birds are revealed. We know from Scripture that there were seven pairs of every “kind” of birds/fowls on board the ark. I have more to show you.

“And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 7:1-3 KJV)

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The Ark Encounter

Just some of the latest articles here about the Ark:

Birds of the Bible – Foundation – The Ark

Birds of the Bible – Loading the Ark

Birds of the Bible – Leaving the Ark

Avian Kinds on the Ark – Introduction

Avian Kinds on the Ark – What Is A Kind?

Avian Kinds on the Ark – Birds Embarking

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Lee’s Five Word Friday – 9/23/16

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Little Grassbird (Megalurus gramineus) Adult Feeding Juvenile ©WikiC

THAT YE MIGHT BE FILLED

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“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19 KJV)

Little Grassbird (Megalurus gramineus) Adult Feeding Juvenile©WikiC

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Fossil Inventory: Surprises For Some – Re-post

FOSSIL INVENTORY: SURPRISES FOR SOME by Creation Moments

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.” (Genesis 1:24)

Interesting Things from Smiley CentralEveryone will remember those school textbook diagrams showing the ever-upward progression of living organisms, including man. We recall the horse series, found in textbooks and the museum displays showing the evolution of the horse – the first stage as a small mammal and, after several transitions, the modern horse. The claim that fossils in the rock layers show a progression from simple life in the lowest layers to the most complex life at the top accompanies these diagrams.

Horse series diagram promoting evolution from I.C.R.

Horse series diagram promoting evolution from I.C.R.

Recently, the journal Science, reported that paleobiologists who study these fossils reevaluated all the fossil-bearing rocks that have been found in the last 180 years. What was their reaction to the meaning of the fossil record after their new inventory? “We may have been misled for twenty years,” said one scientist. Another commented, “For the first time, a large group of people is saying paleobiology has been making a mistake.” Why are they reacting this way? They have had to conclude, on the basis of the fossil evidence, that there never was an ever-upward progression of complexity of life forms as they had expected. The species that are represented in the fossil record show no evidence of the classic evolutionary development traditionally found in school textbooks.

In short, the fossil record supports the biblical claim that all the kinds of animals appeared about the same time.

Prayer:
I thank You, Lord, for the great diversity and beauty You have created in the living world. Amen.

Notes:
Creation, 9-11: 2001, p. 7, “Fossil re-count limits diversity.” Visual: Horse series diagram promoting evolution. Courtesy of the Institute for Creation Research. (Permission Creation Moments ©2016


Lee’s Addition:
It is good to see that some of the evolution scientist, paleobiologists) are opening their eyes to the true evidence.

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Lee’s Two Word Tuesday – 9/20/16

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The Door of the Ark at Ark Encounter by Lee

THE DOOR

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“A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.” (Genesis 6:16 KJV)

The Door of the Ark at Ark Encounter by Lee

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Lee’s One Word Monday – 9/19/16

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Mockingbird at Gatorland 9-17-16 by Lee

FRUIT

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“And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety.” (Leviticus 25:19 KJV)

Mockingbird at Gatorland 9-17-16 by Lee

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Sunday Inspiration – Passeriformes Review II

Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus) by Nikhil Devasar

Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus) by Nikhil Devasar

Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold. (Job 36:24)

This is the second part of our review of the Passeriformes – Songbird families, which were all presented weekly. The slide show will show one or two photos from each family. These are in taxonomic order. Part I of the Review covered the New Zealand Wrens to Mottled Berry Hunters. This week we will review the Ioras to the Babblers.

Also, the links to these families will be listed and the article associated with them. There will be one more review (III). There are 131 families. All total, there are over 6,000 birds in these families and thankfully, most of them we were able to show. Some photos are protected by copyright and it was not possible to find a photo. Yet, there were more show than we would ever be able to see individually, in person.

Aegithinidae – Ioras
Campephagidae – Cuckooshrikes
Mohouidae – Whiteheads
Neosittidae – Sittellas
Eulacestomidae – Ploughbill
Oreoicidae – Australo-Papuan Bellbirds
Pachycephalidae – Whistlers and allies
Laniidae – Shrikes
Vireonidae – Vireos, Greenlets
Oriolidae – Figbirds, Orioles
Dicruridae – Drongos
Rhipiduridae – Fantails
Monarchidae – Monarchs
Corvidae – Crows, Jays
Corcoracidae – Australian Mudnesters
Melampittidae – Melampittas
Ifritidae – Ifrita
Paradisaeidae – Birds-of-paradise
Petroicidae – Australasian Robins
Picathartidae – Rockfowl
Chaetopidae – Rockjumpers
Eupetidae – Rail-babbler
Bombycillidae – Waxwings
Ptiliogonatidae – Silky-flycatchers
Hypocoliidae – Hypocolius
Dulidae – Palmchat
Mohoidae – Oos
Hylocitreidae – Hylocitrea
Stenostiridae – Fairy Flycatchers
Paridae – Tits, Chickadees
Remizidae – Penduline Tits
Nicatoridae – Nicators
Panuridae – Bearded Reedling
Alaudidae – Larks
Pycnonotidae – Bulbuls
Hirundinidae – Swallows, Martins
Pnoepygidae – Wren-babblers
Macrosphenidae – Crombecs, African Warblers
Cettiidae – Cettia Bush Warblers and allies
Scotocercidae – Streaked Scrub Warbler
Erythrocercidae – Yellow Flycatchers
Incertae-Sedis1 – Family Uncertain-Warbler, Hylia
Aegithalidae – Bushtits
Phylloscopidae – Leaf Warblers and allies
Acrocephalidae – Reed Warblers and allies
Locustellidae – Grassbirds and allies
Donacobiidae – Black-capped Donacobius
Bernieridae – Malagasy Warblers
Cisticolidae – Cisticolas and allies
Timaliidae – Babblers
Pellorneidae – Fulvettas, Ground Babblers

Chestnut-backed Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus montanus) ©WikiC

Chestnut-backed Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus montanus) ©WikiC

Here are the Sunday Inspiration articles that were written about these families.

Cuckooshrikes ~ “There’s Something About That Name” ©The Hyssongs

Whistlers and Avian Friends ~ “”The Love of God” ~ Dr. Richard Gregory

Shrikes and Vireos ~ “El Shaddai” – by Nell Reese

Figbirds, Orioles and Drongos ~ “He Touched Me” -~ ©The Hyssongs

Fantails ~ “So Send I You” – Men’s Quartet – Faith Baptist

Monarchs ~ “He’s Looking on You” ~ by Dr. Richard Gregory

Crows and Jays ~ “Peace Medley” ~ by Faith Baptist Choir

Independence Day ~ “Military Medley” ~ Faith Baptist Orchestra

From Mud to Beauty ~ “I Heard The Voice of Jesus” ~ By Sean Fielder

Australian Robin and Friends ~ “Hiding in the Shadow of the Rock” ~ © Dr. Richard Gregory

Deep Love of Jesus ~ “Oh The Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus” ~ Megan Fee and Jill Foster

Tits, Chickadees and Penduline Tits ~ “Just a Little Talk With Jesus Makes It Right” ~ Vegter Quartet (together for Vi’s 90th Birthday)

Larks ~ “His Eye Is On The Sparrow ” – by Kathy Lisby, Faith Baptist Church

Bulbuls ~ “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” ~ played by Megan Fee and Jill Foster

Swallows and Martins ~ “If I Don’t Have Love” ~ by Jessie Padgett – Special at Faith Baptist

Wren-babblers – Crombecs and Bush Warblers – “Bow The Knee” ~ Sheila Vegter and Jacob (her son who is playing the piano and singing)

Little Beauties From The Lord ~ “Beautiful Saviour (Fairest Lord Jesus)”) ~ by Kid’s Choir at Faith Baptist

Reed Warblers ~ “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” ~ by Miss Anna Pletcher (12 years old) on piano

Grassbirds and Allies ~ “The Church’s One Foundation” – Megan Fee, Cody Hancock & Dakota Hancock ~ at Faith Baptist

Worthy The Lamb ~ “Worthy The Lamb” ~ Choir at Faith Baptist Church

Cisticolas and Singing ~ “How Can I Keep From Singing?” ~  by the Trio + 1 (Pastor Jerry, Reagan Osborne, Caleb & Jessie Padgett) Faith Baptist

Fulvettas, Ground Babblers ~ “Everything’s Fine” ~ ©Hyssongs

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I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. (Psa 77:11)

“Were You There, When They Crucified My Lord” – Communion Music – Organ & Piano

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Lee’s Seven Word Sunday – 9/18/16

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Ibises and Wood Storkin the shade

OUT OF DARKNESS INTO

HIS MARVELLOUS LIGHT

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“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” (1 Peter 2:9 KJV)

Ibises and Wood Storks – Some coming out into the sun at Lake Morton by Lee

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