“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” (Matthew 28:6 NKJV)
Like many of you, we watched our Easter Services via YouTube, or you may have watched by however your church chose to keep your members encouraged through watching/meeting for this Easter. This “Social Distancing,” is keeping us from our normal services, handshakes, and hugs from our friends. I miss my many friends.
Our pastor had a great message for today, and thought I would share it with you. Faith Baptist Church of Winter Haven has a YouTube site with all the services and additions we are not able to attend in person. I am thankful for these and want to share two of them here. This first one is the Easter Service today with our pastor.
This next one is the “Pastor Jerry’s Musings” He is one of our associate pastors. Enjoy!
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) with youngsters by Raymond Barlow
I would like to share a very interesting post from, “Read the Best Books First,” called, The Teachable Moment. Hannah Hancock is a member of our church and writes a blog. But this article, The Teachable Moment is very well worth reading. She, and her husband, Cody, are in the process of adopting some children. What people may say, is what makes this article so relevant to all of us.
“The Teachable Moment
My husband and I are adopting. I don’t talk about it much here on the blog because that’s not what this particular blog is about. I enjoy reading other adoption blogs, and I’ve found a lot of helpful information by reading them and been encouraged by them too, but that’s just not what I’m about in this space.
But today, I’m “seizing the teachable moment” as some would say because I’m not very good at doing it in the actual moment.
A few weeks ago, a very sweet lady approached my husband and me to ask how the adoption was going or if we’d had any news and what the process was going to look like. This has become pretty standard fare, and most of the time, I think I’m used to it. And despite the fact that I’ve had people asking me why we don’t just have”… continue reading The Teachable Moment
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. (1 John 1:1-4 KJV)
I would like to share with you our Christmas Cantata presented on December 13, 2015 at Faith Baptist Church in Winter Haven, Florida. They all did fantastic and thought you would enjoy it also.
It was entitled, “Lord of Glory” Christmas Cantata
May the Lord bless you as you share Christmas with family and friends. Dan and I would both like to wish you a great Christmas day full of blessings from the Lord.
Clamorous Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus stentoreus) by Nikhil
“Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the reeds flourish without water? (Job 8:11 NKJV)
This week we introduce you to just one family, the Acrocephalidae Family of Reed Warblers, Marsh- and Tree-warblers, and Acrocephalid warblers. The Lord has created this family of birds to blend in rather well with their surroundings. Another act of love and concern from the Creator.
The species in this family are usually rather large “warblers”. Most are rather plain olivaceous brown above with much yellow to beige below. They are usually found in open woodland, reedbeds or tall grass. The family occurs mostly in southern to western Eurasia and surroundings, but also ranging far into Pacific, with some species in Africa.
Nesillas – Brush Warblers; found in Comoros and Madagascar. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical moist shrubland.
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) by Robert Scanlon
Acrocephalus warblers are small, insectivorous passerine birds. Formerly in the Old World warbler assemblage, they are now separated as the namesake of the marsh and tree warbler family Acrocephalidae. They are sometimes called marsh warblers or reed warblers. These are rather drab brownish warblers usually associated with marshes or other wetlands. Some are streaked, others plain. Many species are migratory. Many species have a flat head profile, which gives rise to the group’s scientific name;
(Calamonastides gracilirostris) Papyrus Yellow Warbler is a species of tree warbler; formerly placed in the “Old World warblers”. It is monotypic in its genus. It is found in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Its natural habitat is swamps. It is threatened by habitat loss. Compared with the dull browns and greys typical of swamp-dwelling warblers, this warbler is brightly coloured. It shows an underbelly of rich yellow and olive-brown upper parts. Its song consists of melodious liquid warbling:
Read that sentence again. It is very short. But, It is a sentence filled with intense emotion and pain. I hope you never forget where you were on September 11th, 2001. I was in chapel at Bob Jones University when an announcement was made informing us all of what was happening. I still remember seeing a girl clutching her cell phone and crying. It was as if she was desperately trying to reach someone just so that she could hear their voice.
It has been 14 years since our country was attacked. Today we must pause and remember what happened on 9/11. There are certain events in the history of America that every American must remember. 9/11 is one of those events. Countless events have long been forgotten. 9/11 must never be forgotten. Today, I want to give you four reasons why we must remember 9/11.
The truth must not be re-written. On 9/11, our country was attacked. Islamic extremists murdered thousands of people. These attackers were not Christian. They were not Catholic. They were not Mormon. They were not Jehovah’s Witnesses. They were not atheists. They were Muslim. They believed they were obeying Allah by murdering thousands of people. They believed their actions were a holy act of worship. We must remember 9/11 so that the truth is not changed. It is possible that others will attempt to re-write the story of 9/11. They may twist or alter the truth. We must remember so that the truth will survive.
The truth must be re-told. The only reason I know about the attack on Pearl Harbor is because someone told me. I was not there. I was not alive in 1941. But, I have been taught. I have seen the pictures. I have read the stories. We must remember 9/11 so that we can tell the generations to come. My children need to learn about 9/11. They need to hear the stories. They need to see pictures and watch the videos. It is important for future generations to know what happened on 9/11.
We must honor those who died. Nearly 3,000 people died on 9/11. Most were civilians – just like me. Many were firefighters, policemen, and other emergency responders who were trying to help. If we forget, we will fail to honor them. We must remember that thousands of men, women, and children were murdered. Their lives matter. Every life matters. We must honor their memory by remembering what happened.
Our turn may come. Remembering 9/11 will help us prepare for the future. You may find yourself on a hijacked airplane one day. If that’s me, I hope I will have the courage (like the men on Flight 93) to stand up to the hijackers. Perhaps one day, the terrorist attack will come to your neighborhood. If so, I hope you will jump into action to help the injured and the hurting. Thousands of Americans responded on 9/11 and on the days immediately following. They disregarded their own personal safety to run to the aid of others. There may come a day when it is our turn. When that day comes, we must remember 9/11. We must respond. We must help.
Today is 9/11. Always remember. Never forget.
“Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; Your elders, and they will tell you: (Deuteronomy 32:7 NKJV)
And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. (Matthew 8:20 KJV)
We have another mixture of birds from our Creator found in several families, but most are Leaf Warblers from Phylloscopidae family. There are 77 in that family, but the families before them, taxonomically, have just a few species in them.
Streaked Scrub Warbler – Scotocercidae has only one bird – the Streaked Scrub Warbler (Scotocerca inquieta). It is found in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan,and Yemen. (Wikipedia)
Yellow Flycatchers – Erythrocercidae has 3 members; Little Yellow Flycatcher (Erythrocercus holochlorus), Chestnut-capped Flycatcher (Erythrocercus mccallii) and the Livingstone’s Flycatcher (Erythrocercus livingstonei). All three of these creations are found in Africa.
This next group of birds are assigned to an Incertae Sedis family. That simply means they don’t which family to assign to them. They are the Grauer’s Warbler (Graueria vittata), Green Hylia (Hylia prasina) and Tit Hylia (Pholidornis rushiae). They get moved in and out of families, but the IOC Version 5.3 has them unassigned. They are all in Africa and are “basically” Old World Warblers.
Black-throated Bushtit (Aegithalos concinnus) by Nikhil Devasar
The Aegithalidae – Bushtits family has 13 members and are a family of small, drab passerine birds with moderately long tails. The family contains three genera, all but one of which are found in Eurasia. Bushtits are active birds, moving almost constantly while they forage for insects in shrubs and trees. During non-breeding season, birds live in flocks of up to 50 individuals. Several bushtit species display cooperative breeding behavior, also called helpers at the nest.
And our last family of avian wonders from the Lord is the Phylloscopidae – Leaf warblers and allies Family. This family of 77 species contains various Warblers and Chiffchaff. They were formerly included in the Old World warbler family but are now considered to belong to the Phylloscopidae, a family created in 2006. The genus is closely related to Seicercus and some species have been moved between the two genera in recent classification attempts. Leaf warblers are active, constantly moving, often flicking their wings as they glean the foliage for insects along the branches of trees and bushes. They forage at various levels within forests, from the top canopy to the understorey. Most of the species are markedly territorial both in their summer and winter quarters.
Most are greenish or brownish above and off-white or yellowish below. Compared to some other “warblers”, their songs are very simple.
Well, that’s our group of birds for this week. Trust you will enjoy seeing them as you listen to the music below. You have two options this week. You can listen or you can watch the Kid’s Choir as they sing. Figured little warblers needed young people singing as you view them.
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:14 KJV)
Beautiful Savior (Fairest Lord Jesus) ~ by Kid’s Choir Faith Baptist