Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.   Heb 11:1


 Hollywood Faith Christian Center

      HFCC | Message from the Pastor

   We have a nice grass backyard at our house.  It is all fenced in for our dogs to run around and check out all the smells that seem abundant to them.  Often, especially in the morning, they take a very long time checking each and every smell, cataloging each mentally of all the critters that may have passed by in the night hours.  However, when the dogs have come back in; come a number of birds picking through the grass for seeds, bugs, and assorted other goodies to eat.
   Now this collection of birds run the gamut from small to large.  Some with long beaks like an Ibis, for digging out the bugs and worms that are deeply embedded in the soil under the grass.  While other smaller birds such as Blue jays or Starlings seem to pick along at whatever is easy to get to and quickly fly away.  But there are what seem like legions of small sparrows or wrens that go through the grass with great tenacity.  They seem to be persistent and thorough, almost doing a grid search to leave no seed or bug undiscovered.  There may be 10 or 12 at a time fanning out to not miss a single inch.  Even when the dogs are in the yard and chase away all avian intruders, these, the smallest of birds, wait until they cleared out to begin the search again.  Nothing seems to deter them from their task.
   "O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You, in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.  So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.  Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You."  (Psalm 63:1-3)  I would imagine that when these little birds are filled and satisfied, they fly to the nearest fence post or tree limb and sing and tell God thank you for feeding us this morning.  Thank you for keeping us away from hawks or cats...thank you for protecting us for our short fleeting life that maybe no-one ever notices but You God!
   But this bird microcosm of our backyard is much like us.  Some swoop into church and 'cheery pick,' so to speak, what God has to offer. Taking what is easy to grasp and accepting that which is pleasing only, and flying away when, either having had enough, or are offended and fly away for good.  Yet there are others that cannot be driven away by the wiles of the enemy.  No "barking dog" or loud noise will cause them to leave.  They pursue God with great energy and seek even the smallest crumb or seed, knowing that our God provides all their needs.  These persistent small birds also know that even the smallest seed can germinate into something great.  "For who has despised the day of small things?" (Zechariah 4:10)
   When these small birds have tasted the fruit of the backyard lawn they keep coming back for more.  Whatever is there seems to suit them quite well.  Every morning they come back, knowing that their God will not disappoint and they will find exactly that which they seek.  "Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!  Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints!  There is no want to those who fear Him!"  (Psalm 34:8-9)
   "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?"  (Matthew 6:26)  God keeps the little birds because they sing His praises and offer up thanksgiving.  In these days we need to be seeking hard after God allowing no trick of the enemy to drive us away...and like those little birds keep coming back and back again for rich food that only God can provide!  And don't forget to sing His praises!
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