Saturday, 11 January 2014

Paper LATE - Genesis

The flood waters may not have reached the house, but they are sure as hell playing havoc with the Internet. Plan B has been to use the office access but due to a late return yesterday that was bolted and barred so no Post - the GOOD NEWS - here's the Post!
The shores of Poole Harbour are always great for a diverse selection of birds, so a whole day was spent there with a good deal of success while missing what could be considered almost certainties. The view point at Evening Hill gives a chance to view the stretch of water between the mainland and Brownsea Island and the managed Lagoon at the other side. A small group of
AVOCET
were feeding veraciously but at such distance they were little more
than dots. No matter, closer views would be afforded later in the day.
These were an addition to the Dorset List unlike the lone
SPOONBILL*
that added to the Year*
OYSTERCATCHER+,
BAR-TAILED GODWIT+,
SANDERLING+ and
GREY PLOVER
(mostly in good numbers) were all new for the County along the
foreshore leading to the Sandbanks/Shell Bay Chain Ferry, while on
the other side
SHELDUCK was +
and BLACK-NECKED GREBE*
at Gerry's Point and soon after the arrival of another birder I managed
to re-locate the now 'long staying' Surf Scoter*.
The search for a Yellow-browed Warbler at Knoll Beach
drew a blank but a couple of male
BULLFINCH
provided a bit of compensation.
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER*
was seen at the south car park at Studland and rather than paying
the fee at the Banks Arms park I simply waited for the
RING-NECKED PARAKEET*
to come to me.
The sight from the hide at Middlebere was one to behold, an estimated
500 Avocets with among them
BLACK-TAILED GODWIT+ and
SPOTTED REDSHANK*
not in this (summer) plumage I hasten to add.
Things were going rather well, but at Ovens Hill none of the 'certain'
Dartford Warblers showed sight or sound and neither did Stonechat.
However, there was to be another c3 bonus, a big one personally, as
LESSER REDPOLL*
has not been seen by me in Dorset for a few years now.
A 'fly-over' 
RAVEN* 
was also seen here, along with c2 more on my way back.
However, as the gloom was setting in there was just one other port of call, Poole Park for the 'first winter' male
GREATER SCAUP*
Blessed with fine weather throughout the day, it was just to good to last and on arrival the heavens opened up. I didn't even venture out of the car let alone attempt a photograph but feel this young Duck is worthy of a re-visit at some time.
                         UK           Dorset
01/01                 73                0
02/01                 91                0
03/01                 97                0
04/01               102                0
05/01               108                7
06/01               124              51
07/01               124              78
08/01               134              94
Entry            Pageviews
United Kingdom
                 973
United States
                 649
Germany
                   62
Estonia
                   51
Russia
                   43
France
                   22
Brazil
                   18
Canada
                   18
India
                   10
China
                     9

3 comments:

  1. UNLESS THE FATHER DRAWS HIM

    John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.

    What is the meaning of John 6:44?

    1. Does it mean only a few, who have been selected by the Father, will be saved? No, it does not.
    2. Does it mean that men only respond to the gospel because of irresistible grace? No, it does not.

    WHO ARE THOSE THAT THE FATHER DRAWS?

    John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught of God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.

    The Father draws all who hear and learn. The Father does not force anyone to hear or learn. Men have free-will. God does not impute faith into a few so they will believe and be saved. Faith does not come by injection.

    HOW DO MEN HEAR AND LEARN?

    Romans 10:13-14 for "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved." 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?

    Men need to hear the gospel before they can learn and believe. The Father draws men by the gospel.

    Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

    Faith comes from hearing the gospel. Faith does not come because the Father selected a chosen few, before the world began, to be saved. All who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior are the chosen and that includes whoever accepts God's terms for pardon. Faith does not come because of irresistible grace.

    God the Father draws men to Jesus with the gospel.

    Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek,

    IT IS THE GOSPEL THAT DRAWS MEN TO JESUS!

    IRRESISTIBLE GRACE IS NOT THE METHOD THAT THE FATHER USES TO DRAW MEN TO JESUS.

    Romans 10:21 But as for Israel He says, "All the day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and obstinate people."

    Israel as a nation reject the gospel. How would that be possible if irresistible grace were in play? Israel turned away from God.

    Matthew 23:37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.

    Jerusalem was unwilling to be drawn to Jesus by believing the gospel. They had a choice.

    John 5:39-40 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; 40 and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.

    The Jews had the opportunity to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, but they were unwilling. There was no irresistible grace in play. The Father draws all who are willing to believe the gospel.

    John 6:40 This is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."

    IF YOU ARE READING THIS BLOG YOU ARE ONE OF THE "EVERYONE" WHO HAS A CHANCE TO BE BELIEVE THE GOSPEL AND BE SAVED.

    MEN REJECT GOD.

    GOD DOES NOT REJECT MEN DUE TO NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.

    THE FATHER DRAWS MEN TO JESUS THROUGH THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL. MEN ARE NOT DRAWN TO JESUS BECAUSE THEY WERE PRESELECTED FOR SALVATION!


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  2. Dear Sir
    Your unsolicited sermon was neither requested nor appreciated by one who neither believes in or qualifies for your Fairy Story. Having undergone an elective vasectomy after my family was conceived, your God makes it quite clear (Deuteronomy 23:1) that I, and millions of others, will not be welcome at his table. “He that is injured in the ‘stones’ or hath his ‘private member’ cut off shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord”. Let this be the last of it and THANK GOD FOR DARWIN!

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