You can not really tell the real nature of a dog when he is sleeping. Over the years I have walked up to many yard fences or knocked on many a door and I have learned to look very carefully to see if there is a dog there. There may be and he may be sleeping very peacefully but you go in the yard and halfway to the front door the dog awakens and that sleeping dog becomes a roaring, snarling lion and it is getting harder for me to run like a speeding train or leap over yard fences. The size and appearance can also be deceiving because I know several innocent looking little dogs and they and will bite the dog out of you. I also know some very big dogs that are gentle as lambs. Thinking about dogs reminds me of something in the Bible. It is not the outward appearance or the size of a person that determines who or what they are; it is what is on the inside. They may seem nice and peaceful from a distance but get close to them and you will really find out who they are. When we receive Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior we get a new nature, (Gal 5:22-24). If we will yield and submit to the control of that new nature we will become more Christ like, (Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 4:30-32). See you in Church next Sunday.