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Friday, April 20, 2018

Developing The Spirit of Excellence in Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I don't know how you feel about the subject of excellence, but God loves excellence because He, Himself, is excellent. Why do I think that? Because the Word of God says so! We read in Psalm 8:1, "O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!" We are told that God's name is excellent. Do you know what that means? The Hebrew word implies powerful, magnificent, glorious, great, honorable, and more… There is no other name like it.

God's love is excellent. Psalms 36:7 says, "How excellent is Your loving kindness, O God!" God’s words are excellent. God tells us that His Word - the things that He says - are excellent. Proverbs 8:6-7 says, "Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips." God is saying that you can count on His excellent words! Wouldn't it be great for people to count your words excellent!

Many times in the Christian world we see a spirit of leftovers—not excellence. Some people sparingly give a little time to serve others in the church...when it’s convenient and doesn't take from their personal enjoyment. A commitment to serving others consistently in church is far more rare in most than it should be. When it comes to giving, for most, and I do mean most, it’s about getting rid of junk—outdated stuff and things that have little or no value. People give leftover older clothes that they don't want any more—clothes that are closer to out-of-style and shabby than excellent. We see run down churches in disrepair with old, beaten up furniture for its furnishings. We see churches with people at their doorstep needing benevolence and help, but the churches are without the resources, manpower, or finances to do much or anything about it. Does that sound like excellence to you?

Did you know that God always taught His people to give firstfruits and tithes? The tithe was the first ten percent of all income that was to be given to the storehouse or temple, or what today we would call the local church. The tithe was, and still is, an acknowledgement that the Lord is Lord and owner of all we have in our lives. It is an acknowledgement that all that we have is from God and belongs to God. It is the witness that we are yielded to His Lordship—not the Lordship of money. It's our agreement that we are to be excellent stewards or managers of the 90 percent He allows us to steward or manage.

Let me take this to an even higher level. The firstfruits were not just the first ten percent. It was the very best or most excellent offering of their crop or cattle, or whatever their source of livelihood was. It was not leftovers! You could not bring a blemished offering to the Lord. It was the giving of excellence to the most excellent God. Do you know what the result of that was? The people were blessed, the priests were taken care of so they could focus on service to God, and there was plenty in the temple to minister to those needing benevolence. It affected the hearts of the people in an excellent way. It really affected their hearts in that it transformed them into cheerful givers. They became loosed from thinking everything they had was theirs. It caused them to be loosed from covetousness and the love of money. It resulted in their freedom of heart, their dependency upon God, and their increased faith knowing they had been obedient to God. It resulted in God's blessing raining down on His people. When God’s people were focused in this way, what was available wasn't scraps and leftovers. It was about excellence in their heart attitude regarding the giving of their resources.

1 Chronicles 22:5 says this about the house of the Lord: “And David said...'the house that is to be built for the Lord must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it.' So David prepared abundantly before his death.” So many religious people find “religious” reasons to attack building a great church. Solomon’s temple was God’s doing and the greatest built to God by man in history. It was excellent and take note; during this time, it was the greatest time of peace and prosperity in history for God’s people. It became the center of their community, increased the people’s love for God, and everyone was taken care of.

James 1:18 says, "He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created." God is saying we are His firstfruits which means we are the best or most excellent of all He's ever made.

It's important to know that. If we are His best or His excellence in this earth (and we are), then wouldn't it be good to have that attitude and model it for the world to see? Christianity is not some barely get along and share your leftovers and scraps with those around you mentality. If that is your mentality, then that's how you'll become!
Look around you. Look up. See all that God has created. It is excellent! Does God want the spirit of excellence developed in you? Daniel 5:14 (NKJV) says, "I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you."

Like Daniel, we are to stand for excellence in every way we possibly can. Look in the mirror before you start your day. Do you look like you just got out of bed and pulled a shirt out of the hamper or do you look excellent? Did you prepare yourself in the Word of God and prayer to carry love, hope and faith into this world to represent the Lord , or are you grouchy and the whole world is about to find that out? Are you ready to stand for excellence in your manner of conduct, in your attitude of giving, in the giving of your love and service to others, and in how you represent your excellent Heavenly Father and your Lord Jesus Christ in this earth? Will your work habits be excellent? Will your words be uplifting and excellent? Will you hold up that standard so that when God calls us His firstfruits, those around us can see it! You are His firstfruits and you were meant to be excellent like Him. Put it on. Keep it on. And give it out! And as you do, watch over time how it develops God's excellence in you!

Daniel 6:3 (NKJV) "Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Courageous Hero: Irena Sendler - an Inspirational Story

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by Pastor Tim Burt

On the eve of Israel's celebration of their 70 year of Independence, I thought it would be fitting to repost this wonderfully inspiring story! 

A Courageous Hero:
Irena Sendler
Feb 15, 1910 to
May 12, 2008
Warsaw, Poland


Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

Irenea Sendler was 98 years old when she died in 2008. She was a woman of magnificent courage, she saved the lives of more than 2,500 Jews, most of them children. She has been called the female Oskar Schindler, but she saved twice as many lives as Schindler, the German industrialist who sheltered 1,200 of his Jewish workers. Schindler, received international attention in the 1993 movie "Schindler's List."  Sendler was hardly known to the world until four Kansas schoolgirls wrote a play about her about a dozen years ago.

She studied at Warsaw University and was a social worker in Warsaw when the German occupation of Poland began in 1939. In 1940, after the Nazis herded Jews into the ghetto and built a wall separating it from the rest of the city, disease, especially typhoid, ran rampant. She was especially influenced by her father, a doctor who defied anti-Semites by treating sick Jews during outbreaks of typhoid fever. He died of the disease when Sendler was 9.

She believed that one person can make a difference and lived out what she believed. "I was taught that if you see a person drowning," she said, "you must jump into the water to save them, whether you can swim or not."
Although she was less than 5 feet tall, she walked into the Warsaw ghetto daily facing death if she was caught.  Social workers were not allowed inside the ghetto, but Sendler, imagining "the horror of life behind the walls," obtained fake identification and passed herself off as a nurse, allowed to bring in food, clothes and medicine.

During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing & Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids. Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises. During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming. Later, another politician, Barack Obama, won for his work as a community organizer for ACORN.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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