In this sermon, our founding pastor, relates what Jesus has to say about birds and uses the behavior of Canadian geese to show how we should care for one another.  Here are some excerpts:

Biblical Example of How Birds Behave

“…In our text Jesus says, “Look at the birds in the sky…” He was obviously reminding us that by examining the habits of the birds, we can learn valuable lessons about living the life of faith. Our text is set in the context of our Lord’s admonition to us not to worry. He says that if we invest in the things He wants us to invest in, we will have nothing to worry about. The example He uses of creatures that do not worry are the birds. He said, “Watch the birds; they don’t sow or reap or store food away in barns; but God takes care of them.” Then He added, “Don’t you realize that God thinks far more about you than about those birds?”

Canadian Geese

“When I was a schoolboy in Canada, I developed a great interest in the habits of the Canada goose — how God has given them the instinct to fly south at just the right time in the Fall, and then to return north in the Spring. On their journey they do some very interesting things; and I would like to mention four things about these geese as they fly —things that can teach us valuable lessons about Christian living…”

  1. When those geese start to fly, you will never see them flying solo or in small groups: they are always in a great formation — a formation
  2. If you watch those geese, each wing flap creates a draft. When each bird flaps its wings, it creates a draft for the next one, and he is able to flap his wings more easily!..”

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Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

 

June 20, 1993

Matthew 6:26

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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