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Monday, August 17, 2009

Is Your Mouth Moving Too Fast?

Fresh Manna by Renee Burt

This past week, I accidentally broke a glass when I was unloading the dishwasher. I was moving too fast, and I knocked it just right to cause it to not only break…but to jam the jagged edge down deeply into my thumb. Thankfully, none of the glass got imbedded, but the cut was so deep, I really should have had it stitched up. Instead, I wrapped it up tightly in so much gauze, it looked like the missing finger of some mummy…which was bothersome, to say the least! But even more bothersome was the fact that it became the focus of my attention…it was all about how to do things without anything bumping into the wound and reopening it. I quickly found out it was a wound that was hard to heal.

And that’s really how it can be with our words. We might intentionally or accidentally say something to someone that cuts them deeply when we’re moving our mouths too fast! And the danger of that? Those words can create a wound in that other person’s heart that can become hard to heal. They can become the focus of their thoughts as they replay them over and over again in their mind, making it hard for their heart to heal…because those words have wounded their self-esteem, or their confidence, or their trust, or their security, or their assurance that they’re loved and accepted. So, although I wasn’t happy about my mummified thumb this week, I was happy to be reminded of this verse…and the need to slow down not just in the kitchen, so I don’t wound myself…but to slow down when I speak, so my words don’t wound someone else!

Proverbs 15:4 MSG ~ Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Let’s Behave!

Fresh Manna 2009© by By Renee Burt

I’ll never forget when my kids were little, and I would take them all to the grocery store. I would discuss beforehand how they should behave while we were in the store. But after just a few minutes, someone would forget what we’d talk about and do something that would embarrass me. I would find Stephanie sucking the salt off of the bulk peanuts, or I’d find Jeff hiding in the crack between the produce shelves, or Peter would push his childsize cart repeatedly into someone’s heels, or Matt would throw a tantrum. It wouldn’t have been so bad, but someone would always shoot me a dirty look that without words said, “What kind of mom are you anyway?” Well, I knew I was a good mom…but my kids’ behavior certainly made a few people question that from time to time. Hmmm…that made me think, does MY behavior ever make people question the character and integrity of my heavenly Father? I would certainly hope not…but just in case, I think I’ll mediate on today’s verse a little bit more! Want to join me?

Ephesians 4:1 AMP ~ I THEREFORE…appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God's service.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hope You Aren’t A Vain Jangler

Fresh Manna 2009© by Pastor Tim Burt

1 Tim. 1:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;

Today’s Fresh Manna verse has a phrase that is not used in our day to day conversations and that sounds unusual and funny - “vain jangling.” Have you used that phrase lately? It may sound funny but it’s actually an indicator of a sad event – the backsliding of a Christian.

One of the most important lessons that every Christian should learn as they grow in their walk with the Lord is how backsliding happens. I am sure that the majority of people have heard the frog in the kettle illustration at least once if not numerous times. It goes like this. If you put a frog in a boiling kettle of water, it will try to jump out. It knows it’s in danger. If you put a frog into a kettle of room water at room temperature and then turn the water up slowly till it boils, it will stay in the kettle unaware of what is happening to it until it has slowly boiled to death.

That is a good illustration of what happens to Christians. If a Christian is tempted with blatant sin that is contrary to what they know God’s Word says, it’s easily recognizable and they would most likely resist it. But that isn’t how it usually happens.

The first mistake Christians make is that they think they are strong enough in will power and intelligence to manage temptation and sin. What they don’t realize is that sin is more than the sin itself. Sin is accompanied by spiritual power often compared to in the Word of God as “darkness.” We see this in Eph. 5:8-9 “For though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” This verse is saying that before a person comes to Jesus, their heart if filled with darkness. That darkness is the power of Satan to blind one’s heart to the truth. You see this in 2 Cor. 4:4 “Satan, the god of this evil world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News that is shining upon them.”

When a Christian participates in what they know according to the Bible is sin, then they are opening the door to darkness in their life. It is more than just looking at pornography. It’s more than just having sex outside of marriage. It’s more than just a little gossip, or lie, or unforgiveness. It’s opening the door to the god of this world to begin to blind and darken the heart. Christians will NEVER have the power to manage or accommodate sin. Sin produces a darkness in your heart. God gives you the “light”—the ability to recognize sin and avoid it and recognize what is of God and draw near to it. God gives you the grace and mercy to resist temptation or to ask forgiveness if you blow it. His love always wants to draw you back to Him, but sin played with is the power of darkness at work that turns you into the frog in the kettle. It’s the dimmer switch that turns the lights out so slowly you don’t notice it until you have lost your ability to see clearly.

It’s at this point that a Christian can no longer see God’s Word clearly and begins to muddle it with worldly and self philosophies that become “vain jangling” meaning random babble. It turns a Christian from a person that knew the greatest truth in the world; that Jesus Christ is the Son of God—who died for each and every person’s sins, offering eternal life and a life of purpose and blessing on earth—and instead becomes the person that is full of nothing more than random babble; a fool filled with foolish thoughts that is on a path to destruction.

None—not one of us—is able to manage sin. If you know you have been engaged in sinful activity but you don’t feel guilty about it, it means your heart has become hard. If you do feel the guilt, God does not want to condemn you. In either case, you have to get on your knees, talk to the Lord about it, ask Him to forgive you, receive that forgiveness, resist that sin going forward, and don’t be the frog in the kettle. Don’t be a vain jangler. Don’t be deceived. Instead, follow the instruction of Eph. 5:7-8, 15-18 “Don't participate in the sinful things these people do. For though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it…So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Don't act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you."

Don’t slide back from God. Move toward Him and His love! You were created to speak the wisdom of God, not vain jangling. So do it!

In His love,
Pastor Tim

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

A Powerful Poem

"Execution of the innocent"© by Jeff Burt

This is a poem my son wrote about abortion. To me it is powerful. It is not meant to condemn anyone. It is meant to open eyes and awareness of the life within.

Can you feel my shallow breathing as another life begins?
Can you sense the wondrous miracle that's taken place within?
Can you feel the perfect love within my just-created soul?
Can you sense my utter helplessness, my life in your control?

Can you feel my lost confusion as my world is opened up?
Can you tell me what I've done deserving such a bitter cup?
Can you feel the tortured panic in the beating of my heart?
Can you feel my horrid anguish as my body's torn apart?

Can you hear my silent screaming as they scrape me from your womb?
Can you feel me writhe in pain as you become my living tomb?
Can you feel my body spasm as I take my final breath?
Can you justify my murder? Can you justify my death?

Copyright ©2001 Jeff Burt

I published this poem to bring the perspective of the unborn child. I hope it spoke to your heart.

After recieving some beautiful feedback from this today, I decided I need to edit and add these thoughts.

For anyone who has ever had an abortion, it may have been one of the hardest moments you've ever had work through in your life. This wasn't meant to condemn you. If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you know He forgives you for what did. If you don't know Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you have a place to bring this guilt and condemnation. You can lay it at His feet and ask forgiveness. He will forgive you and receieve you as His own. If you don't know how, click here: Learn About Jesus You can also click here: Additional Help After An Abortion for support.

In His love,
Pastor Tim

This comment was send to me by Julie Larson

The poem is very powerful. I cried. The harsh realities of abortion are too often sugar-coated, so I appreciate and thank you for sharing it. Having made this choice myself and experienced this before my life with the Lord, reading it does bring painful memories back to the surface, but I didn’t feel condemned. I know I've been forgiven by God—and I know I'll be reunited with that baby in heaven. For those of us that have to live with the repercussions of choosing abortion, there is no better place than to know that God forgives. Whether abortion or anything else, we all have to deal with guilt from our past or it will eat us up. When I'm reminded of things in my past (…which is pretty regularly), I deliberately and purposefully focus on God's love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness instead of what I’ve done. I can’t undo it anyway, so it’s fruitless to dwell on that. HE'S the one who told me that I’m a new person when I decided to live my life for Him, so that ALWAYS gives me hope and draws me closer to Him. To KNOW that you're forgiven of the terrible things you've done is not an easy place to get to for many of us, and I DO realize that many women live with guilt, pain, and regrets for a lifetime because of abortion. It does not have to be that way and we have the right as a child of the living God to be free from our past TODAY! God’s love is powerful and life-changing!

From another reader:
Greetings Pastor Burt,
While I have been privileged to read your many Manna writings in the past, this one truly came home.

My wife and I have 3 adopted children and she voluntaries at 1st Choice in Las Vegas -a very busy anti abortion setup while a friend and myself help support some of the programs.

It is interesting when we mess with what God has created how we are affected in ways we did not think of, some are:
1. 45million more people in the United States alone lost to abortion.
2. If those people were alive we would:
1. Have a need for 15million more homes ( the same quantity now empty)
2. There would be no deflation in home values as the homes would all are in demand.
3. The factories would be busy as the 45million people means about 13% more production needed.
4. There would be no need for the government to assist (with our money) as the economy would be good.
5. There would be more income for the government due to more people therefore no need for a tax increase.
6. I am sure a lot of other areas would be positively affected, like more people in our churches.

Blessing, and thanks again for sharing you sons poem. Wayne

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