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Minister tells congregation to watch out for the 'little foxes'

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On Sunday, June 22, Rev. Margaret Minnicks, associate minister from New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia preached at Greater Nazarene Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia for their scholarship day. Rev. Minnicks chose to preach from the writing of the wisest man in the Bible to keep with the themes of knowledge, wisdom and learning.

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As an introduction, Rev. Minnicks explained to the congregation that their Bibles might say Song of Solomon or Song of Songs. That's because Solomon wrote 1,005 songs but this is the only one that made it into the Bible. It is considered the best of the songs. Song of Songs is about relationships; relationships between God and man and relationships between man and woman.

Many preachers do not peach from the Song of Songs because it is in poetic forms with deeper meanings than regular negatives. However, as an English teacher and Bible teacher, Rev. Minnicks chose to preach "The Little Foxes" based on Song of Song of Songs 2:15 where Solomon gives the advice: "Catch the little foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are in blossom."

Rev. Minnicks listed the characteristics of a fox before explaining that the little foxes in this particular verses are used as a metaphor for what creeps in when we are unaware to spoil relationships. While we are being distracted with other things the little foxes sneaks in and take a little at a time until there is nothing left.

Rev. Minnicks asked the congregation to imagine a garden with rows of cabbage or other vegetable they have planted. If they neglect to tend to that garden, the little foxes will take that opportunity to gnaw at the vegetables little by little and destroy the tender vines. Then one day when a person walks to the his garden, he sees nothing but the space where the vegetables had been.

Then the Bible teacher gave a list of sins that can be described as little foxes. The list included lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, and idolatry. All these can be considered little foxes because we think we can get away with doing it once, then we become comfortable with doing it again and again until we have severed our relationship with God and with others.

In conclusion, Rev. Minnicks asked the congregation a pivotal question based on this sermon: "Are there any little foxes in your garden destroying your tender vines? Then she gave them the same advice that Solomon advised so many years ago, "Catch the little foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are in blossom."