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Christian Living vigilance

Birds of a Not So Feather

My wife and I love to watch the birds that come to our feeders. The playful chickadees and finches are our favorites. But the Brown-headed cowbirds, that eat far more than their share, are not.

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These iridescent black birds with heads that look dipped in chocolate are also naughty in other ways. As brood parasites, they lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species. The host bird is often duped into incubating, feeding and nurturing a baby chick that isn’t even one of its own.

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The Devil (and his followers) like to play tricks like this too. As Paul warned the Corinthians, “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”– 2 Corinthians 11:14 (NIV)

There are plenty of religious, and irreligious “brood parasites” in our world today. These brown-headed (no, it’s not chocolate) bird brains love to infiltrate the “nests” of kinder species, where they lay their ungodly ideas. Like the host bird, we can be easily duped into nurturing these notions like they actually belong in our lives.

Spiritual “cowbirds” are also on the internet. I call them “blog” parasites. They visit the social media accounts of sincere believers, hoping to lay bogus eggs in their comment feeds. And taking the bait, which is what they want, means turning a part of your “nest” over to them.

Don’t fall for it!

There are places in the Bible where Satan is unmasked as an “accuser” (Revelation 12:10; Job 1:9-11; Zechariah 3:1), and as a “roaring lion seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

It should be no surprise that his disciples follow suit.

“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” — 1 Peter 5:9 (NIV)

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Christian Living renewal

Lint Trap

Our dryer was on its last leg. Clothes were taking three cycles to get dry, and the tired old thing was leaving puddles of water on the floor. One day, while it was running, it smelled like something electrical burning.

Time for a new dryer.

We found a nice model, at a local big box store, brought it home and sat the old one out by the curb.

I was all set to install the new dryer, when my friend (an appliance repair man) cautioned, “It sounds like your exhaust vent is clogged.” Why didn’t I talk to him first?!

In short order I was up on our roof with a leaf blower to test the “Maytag Man’s” hypothesis. I took the cap off the exhaust vent and blasted air downward. My wife sat below with a plastic bag over the opening. Nothing. It didn’t move an inch.

A simple test with a weight tied to a rope revealed the clog was about 10 feet down the pipe. But how could I clear the obstruction? Two pieces of 8′ baseboard taped together did the trick. A gentle push from my end deposited a huge ball of gray sludge at the bottom. A final leaf blower test revealed the vent was clear!

Our new dryer works like a champ!


Please allow me to speak frankly about my own clogged up life. Perhaps you can identify?

Lately, I’ve been increasingly obsessed with engaging with others on social media. Occasionally liking and commenting on other’s posts has turned into an every-waking-moment marathon. And on the days I post I’m like a casino gambler who refuses to leave their favorite slot machine. Adult diaper, anyone?

Friends, in my off-line life I’m taking three cycles to get things dry. Melancholy puddles form under me every time I stop scrolling. In short, I’m melting. The “exhaust vent” of my psyche is clogged with digital sludge.

Kind reader, I sincerely enjoy engaging with you and other fine Christian bloggers here on WP.  Thank you for reading and commenting on my thoughts. It’s been a blessing for me to read and comment on yours.

But I must take a step back.

I’ll continue to post, but with commenting turned off–for the time being. Rest assured, I’ll still read and enjoy your offerings, but may not like and comment with the frequency I did in the past.

Thank you for your understanding and prayers, as I unclog my life.

🙏❤️ prayers and love. David


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Christian Living Faith

God Believes in You

I once heard of a small business who chooses its employee of the month 30 days in advance. And for *Mrs. Clarice, the owner, it’s purposefully random. She draws the name out of a hat at the first weekly team meeting of the month, and no employee gets chosen twice until everyone has a turn.

“But what if the person whose name you draw doesn’t deserve to be employee of the month?” asked a puzzled television news reporter. “Every single one of them has always lived up to the honor,” said Clarice with a wink. “I have faith in my people.”

God does that. He puts faith in His people and entrusts them with things —BIG things. Like when He told Abram, “To your descendants I will give this land.” – Genesis 12:7 (NIV)

He also restores and recalibrates people to their REAL life mission. Think Moses or Paul. You probably know all the Bible stories, so I won’t write a Sunday School lesson, but I do have a question:

With what has God entrusted you?


Here’s a brief story of my time as heaven’s employee of the month.

The evening before I assumed a key leadership position in my church, I fell asleep worried if I was up to the task. Later, I had a vivid dream.

As I walked through a crowded congregation, Brother Bob–a pastor from my youth–came up to me carrying a large ring of keys. As he pressed them into my hand he said, “Here you go. Now, take care of things.”

Of course, I spent most of my devotional time the next morning thinking about the dream! It really felt like God was sending me a message. But what?

Bro. Bob handed me KEYS. That must mean something!

I immediately thought of Peter’s confession of Christ in Matthew 16. Jesus told him, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 16:19 (NIV)

Now I understood! Bro. Bob–a much loved mentor from my youth–represented God. And by handing me the keys, He was saying, “I am empowering you to do this job. I have faith in you.”

I served in that church leadership position for two years. At times it was certainly a stretch (for me personally), but I never forgot about the proverbial keys in my pocket.

With God’s help, I lived up to the honor.

Now back to the question:

With what has God entrusted you?

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 1:6 (NIV)


*Mrs. Clarice, her company and the inquisitive reporter came out of my overactive imagination. But isn’t it a neat idea?! 😊


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Second photo credit unknown.