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Have you ever found a baby bird that had fallen from it’s nest and tried to nurse it to a healthy life? It’s possible but not easy.

Once the baby bird has lost it’s way, often times the mother bird abandons it to the elements, leaves it unprotected from predators, and suffers it to starve for provision.

It reminds me of a proverb in the Bible. Proverbs is a collection of sayings from King Solomon who had asked God for wisdom which is displayed in these eternal truths.

As I skimmed through Proverbs 27, I came across verse 8 that says….

“Like a bird that strays from it’s nest is a man who strays from his home.”

Often times, people find themselves feeling like they have fallen out of the nest. They are lost, exposed, and hurting with similar feelings to the baby bird fallen to the ground.

As I did a quick study of some of the reasons birds stray from their nest, it struck me that it’s similar of how people stray from home (a life with Christ).

Weather – Storms and unexpected wind currents often times will knock a young bird right out of it’s home in the same way the storms of this life can do to us. A move, job loss, family member passing, addiction and other challenges leave us feeling lost and beaten.

Inexperience – Juvenile birds making their first migration without the lead of a mature bird often times undershoot or overshoot their destinations. Sometimes, we too head boldly on a path without instruction, mentorship, or God’s map to find where He was leading us all along.

Wanderers – Some types of birds have been known to simply be wanderers and undertake destinations that are not within their normal environments. In the same way, we sometimes look for places that are not ours but it just seems the “grass is greener on the other side”. These situations can show up as marital affairs, shortcuts that lead to failure in the work place, or going against God’s ways to obtain something we want in the moment.

Whatever the reason, falling out of the “nest” leaves us feeling just as hungry, lonely, and abandoned as the infant robin alone on the ground. However, the good news is God does not abandon us there like a mama bird does to her young. He is just a whisper away willing to offer you forgiveness, direction and provision when you lean back into Him to find mercy and grace abounds!

In Matthew 23: 37, Jesus refers to himself as a mother hen who longs to gather her chicks (you and me) under her wings (for protection, love, and care) but that often times, we are unwilling.

Will you choose to not “stray” but “stay” with the Lord? Trust me, it’s much better in the nest.

Pastor Tom Hypes
theshepherdsfellowship.org

(If you have a topic you would like Pastor Tom to blog about, feel free to drop all ideas to tom@theshepherdsfellowship.org)

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Spiritually hurting? Please read this….

In this study, I felt led to speak into a reality we all hit at one point or another. In some cases, we are experiencing it today as we try to find our way through.

Even though we know the truth of God and the Bible…
Even thought we have had undeniable experiences with Him….
Even though we have a rich history of Him moving in our life…

Right now? We struggle. We hurt. We are not sure how to move on. We feel disconnected and battered.

If you are in this boat or know what’s it’s like as you have been there before, I pray you come out as we let the Spirit minister to that area through the Word and His touch.

It might be hard but it’s worth hearing His whispers. I know. Elijah knows.

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Many people ask, “How can I know what God’s will is?”

Many people have taken “leaps of faith” just to have things fall short.

Many people are using the wrong gauge to find where God is leading them.

In this study, we look deeper at how to not only chase after God’s dreams for your life but how to best find confirmation that you and God are on the same page.

Enjoy the Christmas narrative and the testimony of the shepherds in a little bit of a different vantage point that will help you have a more firm foundation in your walk with God.

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It comes down to one key truth that allows us to escape from the drudge of the world and the struggles of the muck and mire. How do you get it? How do you keep it? How do you enjoy freedom in your life?

These are the questions we will be studying as we look at the final chapter of 1 John and the testimony of a man who the world lost just last year, Brennan Manning.

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As Christians, we believe in the spiritual but at the same time, that truth is hard for some to understand. This problem is compounded when we are afraid or unwilling to educate ourselves in the Word of the spiritual realm around us.

In this study, we dive into spiritual warfare, which impacts our world daily. It is a longer study but after an hour investment, you will have deeper understanding of the interplay as well as feel more comfortable with this part of our existence.

Some of the key topics we cover in this study:

– The players within the spiritual realm (God, angels, Satan, demons, and us)
– How do we prepare for spiritual warfare which is in our lives either way
– What does spiritual warfare look like in the Bible
– What about the freaky stuff (demons, ghosts, and the like)
– What about the day to day spiritual warfare (temptation, guilt and the like)
– Why all this shouldn’t freak me out
– Opening our eyes to the victory!

This is also an overview that may introduce a topic you want to know more about. If so, feel free to learn more through your studies in the Word, get books to go deeper, or touch base with us and we will help you any way we can.

Blessings!

” For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6: 12

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