In the Alleghenies Mountains a hunter mistakenly shot a large eagle. Usually
they soar far above the hunter’s range, but not this time. When the hunter
examined the bird, he discovered an interesting thing. One of the claws of the
big bird held firmly a strong steel trap and a five-foot chain attached! The trap
and the chain were not heavy enough to impede the eagle’s flight, but it did
weary it, and brought it down within shot range of the rifle.

Esther Sapp observed, “So, too, Christians can be entrapped and brought
low spiritually by encumbrances and sin that make them incapable of rising to
the heights they might otherwise attain.”

(Come Ye Apart. Kansas City:
WordAction Publishing Company, March-May, 2000, p. 86.)

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Rev. Derl Keefer pastored in the Church of the Nazarene for over 30 years. He currently serves as the Adult Development Ministries Coordinator for the Sunday School Ministries department at the Church of the Nazarene Global Ministry Center. He received his B.A. in Religion from Southern Nazarene University and his M. Div from Nazarene Theological Seminary. His other books include Let's Get Committed, Wedding Sermons and Marriage Ceremonies, and Open Doors.

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