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Monday, May 25, 2009

A Day of Honor

Today I have posted the blog of my good friend Jon Larson. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Pastor Tim

A Day of Honor by Jon Larson

I am no soldier.
I have not served our country.
I have not made that type of sacrifice for a cause.

I am a creature of comfort
I too easily serve my own flesh.
I live in the luxury of their blood.

And as I sit here tonight and breathe in the sweet smell of spring, I am humbled by what they have done for me. At peace in my own yard, in perfect weather. I purpose to not take what we have for granted. This is an awesome country. We are free. We are prosperous. We have unlimited potential.

I put into remembrance the price that was paid for me to live a life so grand. 675,000 of them. Many more have continued to be haunted by their experiences. The eloquent words spoken by President Lincoln to a mother who lost her five sons in battle, speaks volumes for the gratitude of such service.

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours very sincerely and respectfully,
Abraham Lincoln.

The only thing I can add is this:

Thank you.

May God bless all those that have paid such a price for the freedom that we enjoy today.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Need a Place to Hide?

Fresh Manna 2009© by Renee Burt

Whenever I was afraid when I was a little girl, I would hide under the bed. It was my secret place where I felt safe and protected…that is, until my mom would send my older brother and sister to fish me out from under there. I remember one time when each one of them got on one side of the bed and tried to reach under and grab hold of me. I was the master scootcher, and I would fight for my right to stay in my secret place. I wasn’t going to let anyone make me come out of there, until I was good and ready to face my world again. But then I would hear my mama’s voice…not demanding, but kindly and gently coaxing me out. And somehow in my heart, I knew that because mama was there, everything would be all right.

I still feel that old “little girl feeling” some days. Life can be scary, people can hurt you, circumstances can feel overwhelming…and so the temptation is to hide, to retreat into yourself. But there’s no comfort in hiding within yourself…stuffing your emotions, thinking thoughts that take you nowhere, trying to avoid facing “reality.” And yet, there’s an overpowering need to hide. That’s why God provided a place for us to retreat to…to get refreshed…to feel safe within His arms of love…a place where we can stay until His voice coaxes us to come out again and face our world again. Not in our strength, but in His strength, peace and love that He wants to fill us up with, as we hide in that secret place with Him. I’m not ashamed to say I feel the need to go there today. So if you run into me today, and I seem a little “out there,” don’t mind me…and please don’t try to drag me out of there. Better yet, why not join me?

Psalm 91:1-2, 14-15 NKJV, MSG ~ He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you—under them you’re perfectly safe; “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me..

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Be Dread Free!

Fresh Manna 2009© by Renee Burt

Every once in awhile, I have a situation to handle, or a conversation that needs to be had, or a task to be done that I DREAD! And the more I think about it, the greater that dread becomes until I feel anxious, overwhelmed, or left with a sick feeling. But here’s the deal about dread. It’s having anxious, troubled, sick feelings about something that hasn’t even happened…or that may not EVER happen! It’s worrying about something that’s going to happen in the future and imagining all its worst possibilities or outcomes. And if you allow it to invade your thoughts, it’s like an insidious smoke that seeps into all the corners of your mind, until it chokes out your peace, your confidence, and your joy.

So what do you do when you feel that sense of dread? Remember that most times what we dread comes to nothing! The situation isn’t usually as hard to handle as our mind imagined. The conversation doesn’t usually go anything like our mind conjured up. And the task to be done usually isn’t what we so dreaded it would be. And we wind up realizing there was nothing to dread! So have you felt overwhelmed with some dreadful thoughts that have been like an insidious smoke in your mind? Today’s Word is a smoke detector to help you see it…but now it’s up to you to stop thinking those dreadful thoughts. Turn those thoughts instead into a prayer…and He’ll help you be dread-free!

Psalm 53:5 NIV ~ There they were, overwhelmed with dread, where there was nothing to dread!

Philippians 4:6 NLT ~ Don’t worry about [or dread] anything; instead, pray about everything.

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Friday, May 08, 2009

Get Off the Lazy River!

Fresh Manna 2009© by Renee Burt

I’ll never forget the first time I went to Wet N Wild water park. They had a “Lazy River,” which is a huge circular shaped waterway that gets you nowhere…you just ride around lethargically in circles. My sister and I grabbed our inner tubes, laid back and just let the current take us for a ride. The key was to not fight the current and just let it carry you along…until you wanted to exit the Lazy River and get back on solid ground! There were only a few exit points, and to get to one, you not only had to fight the current that wanted to zip you right past the exit…but you also had to fight your way through the sea of people floating along with you. It was hard work to buck the current and buck the crowd!

It reminds me of the state of “current” affairs in the world. We grab the news off the internet or on the TV, and we just lay back and let it take us on a ride that gets us nowhere. Listen to it often enough and it’ll make your mind feel like it’s going in circles, with no end in sight! And if you get “lazy” and listen more to the world’s sad news than we listen to the good news of God’s Word? We can get caught up in the current flow of thinking, and can find it difficult to fight that current negative thinking that wants to carry us down the river into discouragement, hopelessness, and confusion. We need to shake off lethargy, fight the current world’s way of thinking and get our feet back on the solid ground of God’s Word! And if we do? We’ll have what it takes to stop singing the sorry song the world is singing, and instead sing a song of praise that God is for us, He’s in us, and He’s with us…no matter what’s going on in the world today!

Psalm 40:2-3 NLT ~ He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.

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Saturday, May 02, 2009

Please Bless My Mess Lord!

Fresh Manna 2009© by Pastor Tim Burt

Psalms 18:50 “Great deliverance gives He to his king; and shows mercy to His anointed, to David, and to his descendants forevermore”

Have you ever made a mess of things? Are you laughing at the question thinking, “Only about a zillion times.” I think we all have. What do we do in times where we’ve blown it and made a mess? I can tell you what I do. I ask God to “bless my mess.”

I am confident of many things. One is of my deep imperfection because of the sin that has touched my life and the world around me. Oh I am fully aware, thankful, and confident in the precious blood of Jesus that has washed my sins away. I am also fully aware that God has given me His Holy Spirit which empowers me to say no to the devil and temptation. I instead think about the Lord’s love and work to bring it to others. His Holy Spirit helps me understand God’s will and draw strength for every area of my life from the promises of God that His Word says are my inheritance through Christ Jesus.

Eph 1:11-14 says, We have received an inheritance from God, for He chose us from the beginning, and all things happen just as He decided long ago. God's purpose was that we who were the first to trust in Christ should praise our glorious God. And now you also have heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, He identified you as His own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom He promised long ago. The Spirit is God's guarantee that He will give us everything He promised and that He has purchased us to be His own people. This is just one more reason for us to praise our glorious God.”

So, on one hand I live in a world corrupted and defiled by sin. On the other hand I have been forgiven and washed clean and empowered by God’s Holy Spirit and the promises of Him that are my inheritance. This means I am ready each day to go out and be a light and a winner for Him.

Now as I go out in the world, I have to deal with people that can be mean and cold and that even do evil things. I have to deal with people that lie and cheat and steal to better their own position. I have to work with and try and trust that people are going to do what they say they are as I employ their services. I have to drive along side of angry people filled with rage on the road. Because I do, even though I am washed, forgiven, and filled with God’s Spirit; they sometimes affect my behavior. I act like them. I sometimes say things I regret. I am saying that I occasionally blow it. Sometimes just by making a stupid mistake. Do I like to admit this? Of course not, but it’s true.

Each time I try to pick myself back up, apologize to the Lord and anyone else I should apologize to, and move forward. This is something I hope we all do.

I can honestly say that in the places that I blow it, they are never out of malicious or sinful intent. I have changed my life in that way. I don’t purposely or casually sin. It’s more by mistake or getting caught up in the moment. In times like that, any of us we can make a mess.

I told you of the things I am confident in God. Another thing I am confident in is that God knows my humanity. He knows my weaknesses, my ignorance, and how I think though things. He knows me! He knows I will make mistakes. What child doesn’t? What person doesn’t? I am confident in God’s mercy. Why? Because that is my Heavenly Father’s character. He is a good Father and He is merciful to those that are trying to live for Him. He is merciful to everyone even when they aren’t living for Him and Jesus is the proof of that statement.

Psalm 103:17-18 says, “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear (reverence) Him, and His righteousness unto children's children; to such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them.”

Because I know of His mercy and because I know of His promises – today’s Fresh Manna verse being one of them - “Great deliverance gives He to His king; and shows mercy to His anointed, to David, and to his descendants forevermore. Because of this promise, I know that delivering us from our messes is something He will help us with. If you are a parent, you know you would try to help your children out of any mess they got themselves into if you could. Well God can. This verse says His deliverance is great and it’s to “His anointed” (that’s every believer of Christ) - “to his descendants forevermore” - again that’s me. On that basis, I ask God to “bless my mess.” In other words, I ask Him to get me out of trouble. I do my part. I repent to Him where necessary. I repent and apologize to others where necessary. I make amends where they are needed. Then I trust God to work in the hearts of those that need help forgiving me.

Messes are never fun. But I praise God that I know of His love and His willingness to “bless my mess.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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