One Big Pet Peeve – Pun Intended!

I do not support the agenda of PETA. I do not believe it’s morally wrong to eat meat. I believe animal sacrifice was actually a God-ordained command under the Bible’s previously given, but now replaced, laws. I do not believe that an animal’s life is of equal value to a person’s. I do not believe a pet is its owner’s child, nor do I believe that the owner is the pet’s parent. But I still have one big pet-peeve that irks me when it comes to people and pets and responsibility – that’s people who drop off animals, whether young or old, at other people’s houses because they are too irresponsible to take care of them.

I’m the former owner of one cat. I say former because now I have two cats.

The first cat is approximately 13 years old. We have her because someone picked her up as a kitten on the side of the road and brought her to worship services one night. Considering her age, the rest of the story should be somewhat obvious.

The new cat is approximately 2 to 3 months old. We have him because someone dropped him off along the road in front of our house. Considering his age (and the last sentence of the first paragraph), the attitude that led to his arrival should be somewhat obvious. Continue reading

#animals, #cruelty-to-animals, #pet-peeves, #pets, #responsibility

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6-9-2015 Are You Double-Tongued?

Many people praise God and curse mankind with the same tongue. “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:9-10 NKJV). It is only because God, not Evolution, created us that humans should be treated with a dignity above animals. People who say, “Pets are humans, too” have elevated animals to having the image of God, and that is idolatry! They have “exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever” (Romans 1:25 NKJV). Because baptism washes away sins (Acts 22:16), it is not for animals!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#animals, #baptism, #curse, #dignity, #evolution, #pets, #praise

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(#55) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:10-Pets R People?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 12:10: “A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”

“A righteous man” listens to God’s Wisdom, and appreciates the world as the product of God’s mighty work: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) and “God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:25). Let us note, however, that God made humans to “have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28). Though a “righteous man” will “regard” his animal, he will also know the difference between a human and an animal! Animals are NOT human, too!

The best “the wicked” can offer (their “tender mercies”) “are cruel.” The cliché is true, that those who are cruel to animals as children are cruel to animals as adults, and cruel to humans, too. Those who disregard God’s care for animals will disrespect God’s care for humans, and vice versa. As one of God’s creatures, “natural brute beasts [are] made to be caught and destroyed” (2 Peter 2:12), but human beings are NOT!

God provided for animals to reproduce “according to its kind” (Genesis 1:25); when humanity was saved from a corrupted world in Noah’s ark, God included animals (Genesis 8:15-19); when God gave Israelites a “sabbath day,” He included the animals (Exodus 20:8-11); and the animals who were used to raise food were allowed to eat of that food (Deuteronomy 25:4)! God’s care for the animals He created will be reflected in a “righteous man” who is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-30). By-the-way, not muzzling the oxen but allowing them to be fed from their labors is applied to the support of Gospel Preachers (1 Corinthians 9:3-11). After quoting Deuteronomy 25:4, Paul asked, “Is it oxen God is concerned about? Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?” Some brethren take better care of their animals and pets than they do of their Gospel Preacher! Such is not only disgraceful but damnable, as well! Care for animals was never intended to be greater than consideration for humans, especially Gospel Preachers, but was intended by God’s command to put “regard” into consideration for humans, hopefully to show them how to “regard” their fellow man!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#animals, #beasts, #bible-study, #cruel, #human-beings, #obedience, #pets, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #righteous, #wicked

Pet Blessing

In a local church i east central Illinois the FUMC (First United Methodist Church) will conduct its first ever “blessing of the pets. This will occur at a local park, and all pets need to be restrained.

Convoluted!

Not surprised, however. When man-made corrupted religion promotes itself to the community such things are done. While the Lord loves all His creation, for whose benefit is this being done? Is your pet important to you? Do you want the Lord to bless your pet? Then go to the Lord in prayer and He will do exactly that. To have a service like this cheapens the nature of the word “service” in such a religious context.

#blessing, #pets, #service

paraiba_mission – Thank You, Patrick

pet cockatiel

by Joseph McKinney Jr.

February 28, 2011 was a tragic day for the McKinney family: Patrick, our friend and companion of four years, died. He was our pet cockatiel. A cockatiel can live up to twenty-five years, but Patrick’s life was cut short when he got stepped on.

On the day, intense grief cut short my breath, like a stone weighed on my sternum, blocking the air. The kids were devastated, and I couldn`t talk to anybody without my eyes tearing up.

I was embarrassed – I had to cancel the visits and Bible study I had lined up that day. I had comforted that very week three people, one who lost a father, and two who lost mothers, and here I was all torn up over a stupid bird. I was ashamed.

But then again, he wasn`t just a stupid bird. Patrick woke up every morning whistling the Brazilian national anthem.

In his own way, he ruled the house, using his cage only for meals or to sleep. He was a bird free to come and go as he pleased – you`d think he would want to escape, not Patrick – he loved us too much, especially the kids; he had to be around them all the time. When he heard them wake in the morning, he would sound off loud ear-piercing whistles (his way of screaming for attention) until one of them came to give him a good morning. When the kids were at school he would be as quiet as a mouse, but when he recognized the sound of the car bringing them home – he would start screaming again until he got the attention he wanted.

We thought Patrick was indestructible – we lost count of how many time he got stepped on, sat on, or run over, but the dangers didn`t scare him: he was the happiest when he was among the feet of a group of playing children. Almost daily he would engage in a strange ritual: singing to Lucas’ feet.

His favorite place in the world – sitting on someone`s shoulder. For him it was like being king of the mountain, a position he fought for, pecking hard anyone who tried to displace him.
When Edda scolded him for chewing up ferns, he knew he was in trouble, looking just like kid, hanging his head and trying to hide behind something.

He was part of our family, filling our house with song, but now it is silent. A sense of the purposeless fragility of life slapped me in the face; Lydia buried herself inside her self; Samuel cried constantly for two or three days and is writing Patrick`s name all over his notebooks; Lucas kept saying over and over, “I want to have Patrick back.”

Is it presumptuous to look for purpose in the life and death of a bird? Is Patrick teaching my kids a valuable life lesson on how to deal with loss and longing? Or could God have had a even deeper mission for our little bird? Twelve days after Patrick, Samuel said, “Dad, I want to be baptized.” I was driving and a flood of emotion rushed over me. I avoided a wreck and, after a moment, managed a calm question, “Samuel, why do you want to be baptized?”

“Well, I`ve thought about it for a long time, but didn`t feel I was ready. But when Patrick died, it made me think that I need to get ready.”

I told him that we would study to prepare for this decision, the most important of his life. A huge smile, one I hadn`t seen for days, lit up his face. On Sunday, in front of the whole congregation, we announced that Samuel was studying to be baptized and asked the brothers and sisters to pray and encourage him. And they have given him just that. A group of young people came over to the house to visit him and share experiences of the Christian life.

Then Daniel (14 yr old), who has just started coming to the Sunday meeting, saw the youth group planning to visit Samuel. Though being very shy, he gathered the courage to ask for a visit too, showing interest in studying also.

My son at age 11 is beginning his journey on the way of eternity, another is being influenced to consider life matters, where will it spread to and for how long? Only our Father, who can use even a little bird to bring about His plans, knows. “Two sparrows cost only a penny, but not even one of them can die without your Father’s knowing it.” Matthew 10:29

Thank you, Patrick, for filling our house with song during your short life. Thank you, Lord, for using Patrick to fill our Heavenly Home with people You and we love.

Please remember Samuel and his decision in your prayers.

#eternity, #missions, #pets

Pets?

It is common place that we have pets today: cats, dogs, birds, fish, and even snakes. But what about Bible times? There are accounts of people having live stock, but it seems that owning animals then was more a matter of livelihood. Can anyone think of an account of someone owning a pet in Bible times? Is the reason for no (or little) mention of pets that people either didn’t have the luxury of being able to feed a pet or perhaps that they were too busy working to care for one? Just curious.

#pets

Created in God’s image – JAM

In a day when families are losing their homes and struggling to survive, many pet owners spare no expense saying farewell to their beloved animals. Chiquita Isom of Colorado Springs, lost her German Shepherd named Silla last year. So a few days later, Pat Boone, robed in black with a shawl decorated with a pattern of dogs and cats, conducted a funeral service for the dead dog, complete with scripture, poems and eulogy. Pet owners typically pay from $2000 to $3000 for a pet funeral. I mean no disrespect to pet owners, I am one myself; but pets are not people. God made man in His image with an immortal spirit given by God. But when a pet dies, he’s like Rover, dead all over. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#dog, #just-a-minute, #pets

I Love Dogs

We have a menagerie at home. Cats, kittens, dogs, a rabbit, fish, water frogs and guinea pigs. Yet, my favorite will always be dogs. They are so loving, caring and attentive. The companionship you get from a dog is priceless. Someday, however, I also want a Tomato Frog. They are very cool. 🙂

#dogs, #frogs, #pets

Daily Nudge: pet type — and news

Dog or cat? I’m not going to wade into that controversy except to ask what type of pet you like best. Or maybe goldfish, or hamsters? Some people keep snakes — I knew a family once that did, and promptly made fewer visits to their home. Then there are the really exotic pets, lions and tigers and bears (sounds like a movie we all know). So what’s your pet type? Why?

Thought we’d do a lighter Nudge today — no arguing, please. 🙂

Twenty-four families of the Bellvue church in Nashville lost their homes. The destruction there was massive.

Later today we should have some info on establishing a fund for the Bowdens in Nashville, for those who don’t do PayPal. It’s been approved, we have only to set some final details.

#nudge, #pets, #tennessee-flooding

For the MK’s pets

Millions are going to Haiti, and that is good. On BrotherhoodNews.com we’ve been publishing possibilities for churches and individuals to donate to the extreme need that exists.

Now comes a need not so extreme, but as a long-term missionary, I understand it and want to recommend it to you. Our old college friends, Lowell and Robin White, are moving to work in Honduras. They have kids. One of their kids wants to take his pets, but needed support hasn’t come in for the family, so they start cutting all the non-essentials. Like the pets.

They’ll move in February. So Jacob, with his parents’ permission, has started his website, “Help Me Keep My Pets.” It’ll cost $800 to ship three pets to Honduras. That may sound like a lot, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s a pittance to help a missionary kid and family adjust well on the field.

I know the sacrifices missionary kids are required to make for their parents’ work.

Don’t make this MK have to make yet another one. On the link above, there’s a PayPal link. Please contribute $5 or $10 or whatever your heart is touched to give.

They’re packing already. What you do today will determine whether they make arrangements tomorrow to take the pets with them or give them away.

#missions, #mks, #pets