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Russia Sends Warships, Obama Blinks.

And here comes Russia

Well, it would seem that starting a war is not so much fun if the other side is actually going to show up. Obama was hoping for a news cycle-worthy flash bombing of Syria like he did in Libya, that is until Russia decided to send a few ships over to see how much appetite Obama truly has for war games. As it turns out, not so much…stay tuned as the American president goes looking for his courage.

From Yahoo News: Russia will “over the next few days” be sending an anti-submarine ship and a missile cruiser to the Mediterranean as the West prepares for possible strikes against Syria, the Interfax news agency said on Thursday.


“…come on, Barry, take a swing. The world is watching. I dare you.”

“The well-known situation shaping up in the eastern Mediterranean called for certain corrections to the make-up of the naval forces,” a source in the Russian General Staff told Interfax.

“A large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet will join them (the existing naval forces) over the next few days.

“Later it will be joined by the Moskva, a rocket cruiser of the Black Sea Fleet which is now wrapping up its tasks in the northern Atlantic and will soon begin a Transatlantic voyage towards the Strait of Gibraltar.”

In addition, a rocket cruiser of the Pacific Fleet, the Varyag, will join the Russian naval forces in the Mediterranean this autumn by replacing a large anti-submarine ship.

However, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency cited a high-ranking representative of the naval command who said the changes to the country’s forces in the region were not linked to the current tensions over Syria and called them “a planned rotation.” source – Yahoo News.

by NTEB News Desk

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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” —Isaiah 55:8-9

When God the Holy Spirit reveals the heart of God to the human spirit, it is the most exhilarating experience in this age and the age to come. It is the ultimate pleasure in created order. But that pleasure is not just for eternity; it’s for this age as well. He gives us tokens of that pleasure now. He wants to motivate us, empower us, and protect us by letting us experience those pleasures as a down payment for what’s coming. That strong pleasure turns to strong motivation. When the enemy comes to accuse God in my presence, I latch on to what I know to be true. I remind him, “It is written, ‘His heart rejoices, His tongue is glad.’ Even in my weakness, He is filled with joy when He looks at me.” The enemy tries to tell me I’m a hopeless hypocrite, that Christianity is not working for me, and that I am uniquely messed up compared to everybody else. These are the same old lies he tells everybody. I respond with what is written in the Word about His rejoicing heart and His glad tongue. I speak these words of God against the attack of the enemy and fill my heart and mind with truth.


Father, when Satan tries to intimidate me with his lies and accusations, help me to remember Your love and to hear Your voice speaking words of love and truth. Give me courage to confront the enemy with Your love for me and to send him packing.

God is the author of real pleasure. It springs
from His very personality.


It begins with the heart…

By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:10-11

You have a calling, you have a purpose, you have something that God is asking you to do. Sometimes those callings, those purposes change over time so that when an old purpose or an old calling ends, we are sometimes left empty handed, a little blind.

Though each of us has a calling, things are different in the kingdom of God than they are in the kingdom of the world. We always want to begin, when we talk about calling, to ask, “What does God want me to do? Does God want me to do this? Does God want me to go there? What does he want me to do, vocationally? What does he want me to build?”

Those are good questions, but your calling does not actually begin with what God wants you to do. Rather, your calling begins with who God wants you to be. God cares more about your character than he does your accomplishments. God cares more about you being a good, courageous, just, friendly, loving, hopeful, joy-filled person, than he does about you creating a successful business, or even an outreach to the poor, or anything like that.

In the kingdom of God, our Father begins with the heart of each individual and plants within in it a unique calling in this world.

Prayer: Dear Lord, how reassuring it is to know that, by acquiring the characteristics that you have encouraged me to obtain, I will find my calling. Even when an old calling ends, by living the life you’ve designed for me, I will find my way to your next calling upon my life. Amen.

Reflection: Do you believe you’ve discovered God’s calling upon your life? If yes, describe that calling. If not, what part of your life or behavior is holding you back?


the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
James 1:17

Recommended Reading
Psalm 46 )

If you’re worried about anything at all today, let me introduce you to the subject of the immutability of God. What do we mean when we say something is “immutable“? It means it’s not capable of mutating. In other words, it is not possible for it to change. If something is immutable, it is unchanging and unchangeable. What could that be? Nothing that is part of this world. Everything in the universe is subject to change. Certainly you and I are changing. Our children are changing. Our society is changing. And even the most durable elements of our natural world and in our universe are changing.

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But Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever; the Alpha and Omega. The Lord says,  “I am who I am”  (Exodus 3:19). Malachi 3:6 says, “I  am  the LORD, I do not change.” In Christ we have a rock of stability. We have a Friend whose word will never go out of style. We have a Savior who is as dependable now as He was two thousand years ago.

In times of instability, focus on God’s immutability.

Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not; as Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Thomas O. Chisholm

Ezekiel 18-20

By David Jeremiah.

Please Don’t Fake the Anointing!.


Many Christians today can’t distinguish between the sweat of the flesh and the dew of heaven.

Gideon is one of my favorite Bible characters because I relate to his struggle with inferiority. God pulled this runt of a guy out of a hole in the ground and called him to deliver Israel. Gideon’s classic “Who, me?” response reminds me of conversations I’ve had with the Lord. None of us feels qualified to do God’s work, but we know from Gideon’s example that reluctant wimps can be transformed into valiant warriors.

I’ve heard people criticize Gideon because he laid out a fleece of wool on the ground and asked the Lord—not once but twice—to confirm His promise (see Judges 6:36-40). But the Bible doesn’t say God was mad at Gideon for wanting assurance. In fact, God answered Gideon both times with moisture from heaven. The dew was a sign of God’s favor and blessing.

You know how the story ends. Gideon’s impressive army of 22,000 is downsized to a ragtag band of 300, and they carry only trumpets, clay pots and torches into battle. Through their supernatural victory over Midian, God made it clear that His anointing has nothing to do with human ability.

How many of us have learned Gideon’s lesson? Do you trust the Holy Spirit to work in you, or do you lean on the flesh? Do you have the precious dew of His miraculous anointing on your life, or have you manufactured a cheap form of human moisture to do the job?

Many Christians today can’t distinguish between the sweat of the flesh and the dew of heaven, but there is a big difference. As I have prayed for more anointing in my life, I’ve realized that we often mistake fake anointing for the real thing. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

The anointing isn’t in numbers. We place so much importance on church size today, yet God doesn’t seem impressed by crowds. I have nothing against megachurches as long as they preach the gospel—and many of them do a better job of it than small churches. But we’re headed for disaster if we think seating capacity alone reflects God’s approval.

The anointing isn’t in eloquence. Some people have an uncanny way with words (including non-Christian motivational speakers), but persuasive skill isn’t the same as spiritual anointing. The dew of heaven is holy. It brings conviction and repentance—not self-awareness and an ego boost. And true preaching does not exalt the preacher—it crucifies him and focuses all attention on the Son of God.

The anointing isn’t in looks. In today’s cool evangelical scene, rock star pastors are expected to be sexy, and everyone in the praise team needs trendy clothes. There’s nothing wrong with dressing to reach your audience, but I hope we don’t think the Holy Spirit is impressed with hipness. The dowdy grandmother wearing orthopedic shoes might have a word from the Lord for the congregation—but will we allow her on the stage?

The anointing isn’t in technology. I love to use digital graphics when preaching. But some of the most anointed meetings I’ve been in were in Third World countries where we didn’t even have reliable electricity, much less computers and projectors. When genuine anointing falls on a preacher, he or she can talk for two hours without having to entertain.

The anointing isn’t in emotionalism. In many churches today, lack of anointing creates a vacuum that is filled by screaming, swooning and other forms of religious theater. It doesn’t matter what is preached—it is “anointed” as long as the preacher punctuates it with enough volume and the people shout back. (One preacher I know had everyone hollering while she quoted lines from a Beyoncé song!) Remember: Backslidden Israel shouted so loud that the earth quaked, but by the end of the day the Philistines had plundered them (see 1 Sam. 4:5-11).

The anointing isn’t in contrived manifestations. I love it when the Holy Spirit does miracles. But when people fake the supernatural in order to get an audience response (or a big offering), I run for the door. If we had the fear of God we would never pretend to have the anointing by jerking, slurring words, stretching the facts in a testimony or sprinkling glitter on ourselves.

Charles Spurgeon referred to the Holy Spirit’s anointing as “unction,” and he said of it: “Unction is a thing which you cannot manufacture, and its counterfeits are worse than worthless.” Let’s turn away from every false anointing and ask the God who answered Gideon to soak us with His heavenly power.



J. Lee Grady is contributing editor of Charisma. You can follow him on Twitter at leegrady.

CORRECTION: Last week some subscribers to this newsletter received a promotional e-mail advertising a curriculum by Bill Johnson. Because of an error in design, the article seemed to imply that Lee Grady wrote the promotional article. Actually it was written by Larry Sparks. Charisma regrets the error.

God Is Calling for a New Sound of Worship.

(Meson | Stock Free Images)

If we truly want the power of God’s presence in our worship, we must break out of all religious ruts and be willing to sing a new song.

In the church’s modern sophistication, we have processed something out of our worship that God wants to restore. It reminds me of the way we process bread. We take out all the good stuff, grind and bleach what’s left, then replace some of the nutrients. The same thing has happened in the church.

The ex-worship leader of the universe, Satan, slipped into the church and said: “I’ll take those raucous horns. They can’t be holy. They’re the traditional instruments of warfare. You don’t need those disturbing your services.

“And I’ll definitely take those noisy drums off your hands, and give me those cymbals–you don’t need them.

“Oh, I’ve got to have the guitars–they sound so good, they’ve got to be sinful, right? Yeah, this is what I want you to sing. It sounds nice and religious and lethargic, uh, I mean worshipful. Now whatever you do, don’t put any passion or emotion in your worship and praise music because you know those are bad.”

A snore is heard in the background.

For centuries, God’s people have been passing by the devil’s bistros and bars that are just jamming with the most powerful sounds imaginable, and though we are attracted to the music, we resist it because we’ve been taught that it’s the devil’s music. Satan understands the power of music, but the church has been so ignorant through the centuries that it has freely given away what God intended to be its exclusive domain. God is saying to us, “Get with it!” He wants us to worship Him like David did 5,000 years ago.

David was ahead of his time. He delved so deeply into the depths of worship that he crossed the barrier of time into new covenant intimacy with God–intimacy that transcended the law! We need today what David had back then, but our problem is that we are afraid of new things.

We like the old, even if God isn’t speaking that language anymore. When someone dares to introduce something fresh that the Holy Spirit is doing, strong opposition will present itself–especially from those who experienced a previous move of the Holy Spirit.

David introduced something that was born of the Spirit and moved simultaneously with another wineskin. The incredible expansion of David’s kingdom can be attributed to nothing but his commitment to praise and worship. David was a “praise animal.” He knew how to do it right.

Jesus, the prophetic “son of David,” was the same way. He was a worshiper; He understood the power and importance of praise to His Father. That’s why He told the Samaritan woman at the well: “The Father is not looking for apostles. He is not looking for prophets and evangelists either. God is a spirit, and He is looking for real worshipers who will worship Him in spirit and in truth” (see John 4:23).

If the church today will grab hold of this truth, we too will see God’s kingdom expand phenomenally. Something mighty is taking place in the earth today, and praise and worship are at the center of it. I can stand in our worship facility in Pittsburgh and join in praise and worship with other believers around the world and affect nations! The shock wave of our praise is unaffected by distance, different time zones, or different languages, cultures and political systems. Praise is a spiritual force to be reckoned with, and the church is just now catching on to this truth.

A House of Worship

The central focal point in Old Testament worship was the ark of the covenant, on which the cherubim overshadowed the mercy seat. It was universally considered to be the most significant piece of furniture in the tabernacle.

David organized the Levites to minister regularly before the ark of the covenant according to each day’s requirements, but there was something odd about the whole arrangement. It was radically dif ferent from the worship offered at the tabernacle of Moses.

In David’s day, the ark of the covenant rested in the place David had prepared for it, on the little hill formerly called Mount Zion, now called “the city of David.” The holy ark was simply covered with a tent–it was not blocked out or concealed from view. The tent was only extensive enough to protect the ark from natural elements such as rain, heavy dew and the sun’s rays. The tabernacle of Moses had three layers of shielding separating the shekinah presence of God from the common people.

When the ark of the covenant was in Moses’ tabernacle, it was completely concealed in the holy of holies. Only one person was permitted to enter that room once a year. David’s tabernacle also had an area called the holy of holies, and in every other respect, besides the mostly open tent design, David followed the patterns established in the tabernacle of Moses (see 1 Chr. 16:39-40)–with one incredible difference.

David was not a priest in the line of Aaron, nor was he a Levite. Yet 2 Samuel 7:18 says he sat in the presence of God in front of the ark in the holy of holies. Keep in mind that under the law, only the high priest was allowed to enter the most holy place with the ark of the covenant to offer sacrifices once a year. What we see here is that David represents a greater priesthood, a type of shadow of the coming Messiah, which is confirmed in Hebrews:

“For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning the priesthood.

“And is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life” (Heb. 7:12-16, NKJV).

David was unknowingly demonstrating that a greater priesthood was coming, a priesthood rooted in relationship, not mere ritual or ancestral lineage. We have become a kingdom of priests and kings in Christ before God.

David was a type of shadow for the better priesthood to come. God was building a house–the house of David–whose Seed, Jesus Christ, would tear down the dividing walls so every man and woman could sit and gaze at the beauty of the Lord’s presence.

Something happens when you behold God’s shekinah glory and the beauty of His presence. You discover what the writer of Psalm 73 learned, “When I thought how to understand [why the wicked prosper], it was too painful for me–until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end” (Ps. 73:16-17, emphasis added). When we go into the tabernacle with shouts of joy as a sacrifice, we are able to get God’s perspective on things.

David fostered an intimate, loving, confident relationship with the living God–a relationship never seen in the earth up to that point in human history. Some leaders were allowed to commune with God, but never on such an intimate and loving level. David’s precedent-setting relationship with God would be unequaled until the arrival of Jesus Christ. The power of his praise and worship is still being restored to the church today!

A New Song

Although our Savior is the same yesterday, today and forever, our understanding of God and the worship we offer to Him is changing. Though it won’t be perfected in our time, we are sure to express worship with greater depth and maturity the more we walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit.

David’s tabernacle ushered in a new sound, a new sacrifice and a new song. These things are like the precious treasures Jesus described to the disciples in the Gospel of Matthew after sharing several parables on the kingdom of heaven: “Then He said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old'” (Matt. 13:52).

We combine old things with new things because people are uncomfortable with new things. Most of us don’t embrace change; we usually sit in disapproving shock.

Martin Luther faced the same obstacles in his day. When this great church leader was looking for a way to capture the mind of his generation, after much prayer he was led to “borrow” a popular bar song of the day and fit it with a new set of lyrics based on some powerful biblical truths. Today we recognize this classic hymn as “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”!

Luther piggybacked substantive, theologically sound words with the popular melodies of a Top 40 beer-guzzling song–and it worked. Luther was able to grab the hearts and minds of his generation with a revolutionary product of the age. The same thing happened in the ministry of the Wesley brothers during the Great Awakening when many popular hymns were created by using melodies common in pubs and taverns across England and the United States.

In our day, stuffy church folks from coast to coast often criticize modern musical styles, such as rap, hip-hop and alternative music. They think the church will be just fine singing the sacred classics, such as “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”

Rap and hip-hop aren’t my thing either, but it is the music of this generation. If it was possible for a new sound to emerge in God’s kingdom in David’s day, in the days of Martin Luther and in the Wesleys’ day, isn’t it possible for God to do something new now?

First Chronicles says something unusual about the content, scale and format of worship in David’s day. “So when David was old…he gathered together all the leaders of Israel, with the priest and the Levites. Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and above; and the number of individual males was thirty-eight thousand. Of these…four thousand praised the Lord with musical instruments, ‘which I made,’ said David, ‘for giving praise'” (1 Chr. 23: 1-5).

The Hebrew word translated as “made” in this passage first appears in Genesis 1:7, which says, “Thus God made [asah] the firmament” (Gen. 1:7). This word is often translated, “to create, to make, to fashion.” Why am I making such a big deal over such a little word?

David personally made or crafted instruments for this temple band. Ask yourself how often you’ve heard of people creating new musical instruments; quite a few have appeared in the last few decades, and most of them were linked to modern technologies.

God gave David new music that couldn’t be produced with existing musical instruments and methods. The only solution for this psalmist was to create new instruments and methods to match the new music in his soul!

King David began to hear new sounds during his time of praise and worship before the ark of the covenant. This consummate worshiper also wrote, prophesied and preached to the congregation of the Lord out of the psalmic mode. This man of the future was hearing and seeing things in the heavenlies while living in an earthly dimension.

He must have asked himself, “How do I reproduce the sound that I heard in the heavens?” When he had the answer, He told his sons: “I want you to build this temple exactly according to the pattern God put in my mind. But the sound I heard can’t be produced the old way, and the old instruments can’t carry this thing by themselves.

God gave me some ideas, and I just made up some new instruments myself! Give these instruments I made to your holy jazz band and turn them loose to do something completely different.”

God birthed a new sound and a new song in David in the years before Solomon built the temple. David entered the glory of God and emerged with something that you and I still need to receive and manifest in our day!

Religious people need to understand that when God said in Isaiah 43:19, “‘Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?'” He wasn’t talking about a one-time event. He was describing His eternal mode of continually doing new things in the earth for His own glory.

All the new stuff doesn’t go to the world first. It goes to God’s people first, but too often we reject it because it is different. Yet God wants to get His “new thing” to the earth so badly, He will use whatever channel is open to Him.

My Bible says, “Every good…and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

We need to pray that God will show us how to recover that which has been distorted by the devil–and that He will show us how to advance about nine steps ahead of the disorder so we can “pied piper” a brand-new sound to lead a brand-new generation to the Savior!

David awakened his world with such a phenomenal depth and scope of praise and worship that it literally, physically extended the borders of the kingdom of God! If we focus on the Lord and the things He has given us, and if we begin to offer Him the fruit of our lips, notice what happens:

1. God releases forgiveness, healing and love (see Hosea 14:4).

2. God establishes us and causes us to become fruitful (see Hosea 14:5).

3. God sends out His shoots, and people are drawn to Christ (see Hosea 14:6-7).

People are hungry for God, and God is waiting for us to begin singing a new song tailor-made for our generation. Even as we beg for more intimacy with Him, His Spirit is pleading with us: “Try something new. Try singing a new song that I will use to draw the nations.”

We need to humble ourselves before His tabernacle, a tabernacle not made with hands, and pray together in unity: “Lord, make us living instruments of worship and praise, created to sing new songs and creative, ever-changing melodies at Your slightest cue, and to sing majestic hymns to Your glory with awesome, unique sounds emanating from redeemed vessels of praise!”



Joseph L. Garlington is pastor of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh and president of Reconciliation! Ministries International. He is a featured worship leader on Maranatha! Music and Integrity Music.

Morality in Media Urging Hilton to Follow Example, Shut Down Hotel Porn.

Hilton Hotel
Will Hilton follow the example set by The Nordic Choice and Omni Hotels and Resorts, who have stopped selling pornography? (Bernt Rostad/Flickr/Creative Commons)

Morality in Media praises Scandinavian hotel chain The Nordic Choice, which announced the end of pornography in their 171 locations to stem child sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Petter Stordalen, owner of The Nordic Choice hotel chain, decided to act after working with Unicef’s campaign to help child victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation.

“The porn industry contributes to trafficking, so I see it as a natural part of having a social responsibility to send out a clear signal that Nordic Hotels doesn’t support or condone this,” Stordalen explains.

MIM Executive Director Dawn Hawkins says all U.S. hotel chains should follow suit.

“We urge Hilton to look at the reasons The Nordic Choice, and other chains such as Omni Hotels and Resorts, have stopped selling pornography,” Hawkins says. “Do they really want to be in the business of contributing to trafficking and sexual exploitation?”

Hilton Hotels made MIM’s Dirty Dozen List as one of the top facilitators of pornography in America. Other leading hotel chains in the U.S. and worldwide, such as Omni Hotels and Resorts, Drury Hotels and Ritz Carlton, keep pornography out of their hotels and thrive. MIM continues to call on supporters to contact Hilton and urge them to stop selling pornography.



US Envoy to Visit North Korea Over Imprisoned American Missionary.

Robert King
Robert King, special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, will travel to Pyongyang this week to seek the release of Kenneth Bae, an imprisoned U.S. Christian missionary. (United States Mission Geneva/Flickr/Creative Commons)

The United States will send its North Korean human rights envoy to Pyongyang this week to seek the release of an imprisoned U.S. Christian missionary, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Robert King, special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, will travel to Pyongyang on Friday at the invitation of the government on a “humanitarian mission focused on securing the release of U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae,” the department said in a statement.

King will ask North Korea to “pardon Mr. Bae and grant him special amnesty on humanitarian grounds so that he can be reunited with his family and seek medical treatment,” it added.

Bae was sentenced in April to 15 years of hard labor after North Korea’s Supreme Court convicted him of state subversion. The court said Bae, 45, used his tourism business to form groups to overthrow the government.

Bae was detained in November as he led a tour group through the northern region of the country. His sentencing came amid acrimonious relations between Pyongyang and Washington over the reclusive state’s nuclear program.

Bae’s sister, Terri Chung, told Reuters on Aug. 10 that her brother had been held at a prison for foreigners and put to work plowing and planting fields.

He was transferred to a state hospital because he suffered from a range of health problems, including an enlarged heart and chronic diabetes, as well as back and leg pain, she said.



Reporting by Paul Eckert; Editing by Stacey Joyce

© 2013 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved.

Ministry Banned From Handing Out Food to Homeless.


Love Wins Ministries
Love Wins Ministries was threatened with arrest for handing out food to the homeless. (CBN News)

In North Carolina, a church group was threatened with arrest for handing out food to the homeless.

Love Wins Ministries serves breakfast to the homeless at a downtown park in Raleigh on weekends. But on Saturday they were told if they served the food, they would be arrested.

“We asked the officers for permission to disperse the biscuits to the over 70 people who had lined up, waiting to eat. They said no. I had to face those who were waiting and tell them that I could not feed them, or I would be arrested,” Rev. Hugh Hollowell wrote on the group’s website.

The police were enforcing a city ordinance that bans the distribution of food in any of the city’s parks.

Love Wins had permission to set up on the sidewalk as long as they didn’t block it and cleaned up after themselves. Now they will need to get a permit that costs $800 a day.

The city ordinance will be discussed Wednesday in town hall.



Is Bald Eagle Crashing Into ORU Prophetic?.

Bald Eagle
Roger Wallace of World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, Mo., holds a bald eagle at the ORU special ceremony last week. (ORU Alive)

Sometimes, practice doesn’t exactly make perfect—especially when you’re an eagle.

A bald eagle, brought in for a special spirit-day chapel service at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., last week, crashed into a window at the on-campus Christ Chapel and fell to the floor. The bird is unharmed.

The bald eagle and a golden eagle were brought to participate in the service to help launch the school year at ORU. The bald eagle was supposed to fly directly to its trainer on stage, but took a bit of a detour.

“It had practiced five or six times,” said ORU spokeswoman Carissa Bratschun. “When the time came, we’re not sure what happened. It flew around the room and then hit a window.

“It was a bit shocking to see, but we’re thankful the eagle is OK.”

Shortly after the eagle crashed into the window, its trainer coaxed the bird onto his arm and the presentation went on as planned.

Video of the incident hit YouTube and has garnered more than 110,000 views since last week.



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