Flapping on the Same Old Bird

A preacher, known for his candor, was speaking to twenty-five hundred ministers. He declared,

“I don’t belong to the right wing or the left wing.

They’re both flapping on the same old bird.”1

“[Prompted] by faith, Noah, being forewarned by God concerning events of which as yet there was no visible sign, took heed and diligently and reverently constructed and prepared an ark for the deliverance of his own family.

By this [his faith which relied on God], he passed judgment and sentence on the world’s unbelief, and became heir and possessor of righteousness (that relation of being right into which God puts the person who has faith)” (Hebrews 11:7).

“If we would show decision for truth, we must not only do so by our tone and manner, but by our daily actions.

A man’s life is always more forcible than his speech; when men take stock of him, they reckon his deeds as pounds and his words as pence. If his life and his doctrine disagree, the mass of lookers-on accept his practice and reject his preaching. We must show our decision for the truth by the sacrifices we are ready to make” (C. H. Spurgeon).2


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  1. Vance Havner: Just a Preacher, Selected Messages by Vance Havner, Moody Press, Chicago, IL, Copyright 1981 by The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, p. 112.
  2. Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, by Walter B. Knight, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, p. 73.