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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Godly Wisdom Will Reveal the Way!

Fresh Manna 2009© by Pastor Tim Burt

Godly Wisdom Will Reveal the Way!
(author unknown)

A long, long time ago in a small Italian town, a merchant had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a moneylender. The moneylender — who was old and ugly —fancied the merchant's beautiful daughter so he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the merchant's debt if he could marry his daughter. Both the merchant and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. The cunning money lender suggested that they let providence decide the matter.

The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to pick one pebble from the bag. If she picked the black pebble, she would become the moneylender's wife and her father's debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father's debt would still be forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the merchant's garden. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick her pebble from the bag.

Now, imagine you were standing in the merchant's garden. What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?

Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:

1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.

2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the moneylender as a cheat.

3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.

The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

"Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked."

Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.

Proverbs 14:33 (NLT) Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools.

In His love,
Pastor Tim

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Do You Know Your Benefits?

Fresh Manna 2009© by Renee Burt

This past year we were presented with a new health care plan at work. I went home and studied all the benefits, so we'd be sure to know what was available to us through the plan. Everyone else I talked to had done the same thing. It made good sense to do that. But how much better sense does is make to spend MORE time, and GREATER attention to knowing all of our "benefits" listed in our Bible? It's the greatest heath care plan (for our spirit, soul, and body) available...and there's no monthly fee, co-pays or deductibles. It's a 100% plan that covers everything in life...if you know your benefits! That's what it says in:

Psalm 103:1-5 NIV ~ Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

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Friday, October 09, 2009

We've Got a Job to Do!

Fresh Manna 2009© by Renee Burt

It's so easy to get caught up with all the "jobs" we have as a spouse, as a parent, as an employee, as a volunteer, as a friend...trying to be the best we can be, and do the best that we can. And that's good. But so often we're so busy in the job of "doing" we don't focus enough attention on the job of "being." Being what? Today's scripture tells us that as far as God is concerned, our most basic job is "being a blessing." And when we take that job seriously that He's given us, we'll BE blessed in the process. Now that's a job that pays incredible dividends, wouldn't you say? So let's get to work - we've got a job to do!

I Peter 3:8 MSG ~ Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that's your job, to bless. You'll be a blessing and also get a blessing.


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Monday, October 05, 2009

Let’s Return to our Knees

Fresh Manna 2009© by Pastor Tim Burt

Are you an honest person? Can you admit your transgressions? I can admit most, but there are probably a few I still have trouble acknowledging. I can easily admit this: up until the time I gave my life to Jesus, I was one to try to make my own way. I’d figure things out and make my path. Frankly, my path and accomplishments were pathetic. That’s what pride will do for you; keep you blinded and stupid. When I gave my life to Jesus, it was like the lights came on. What I saw in my life wasn’t pretty and I could actually admit it. I needed help. I read the verse Psalm 127:1 that says, “Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is useless. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.” Wow! Did that scripture speak to me. What I had built up to that point in my life was pathetic and even the little that I had I couldn’t protect.

Another scripture spoke loudly to me. Matthew 7:26-27 “But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash." It wasn’t that I was ignoring the Lord’s teaching. It was just that I hadn’t heard them nor did I know them at that point in my life. But somehow I knew at that moment that my life was built on sand and it kept getting washed away. I wanted what I saw in Matthew 7:24-25 "Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse, because it is built on rock.” I wanted to build my house upon a rock. I wanted the Lord to build my house. Jesus gave the key to that. He said to hear and not ignore His teaching.

Today my house is built upon a rock, but do I ever slip into my old ways? Do I ever try to do things my way without seeking the Lord? Do I ever ignore truths from God’s word and do things my own way? I know I am guilty of sometimes doing this. It is my heart’s desire never to, but it happens when I let idolatry happen. You might think, “Wow, that’s a word I don’t hear much in this day and age.” Idolatry has always and only ever been about one thing: leaning on other things—systems, people, or whatever—for your needs and direction for your life, instead of complete reliance upon God. The world is full of gimmicks, tricks, systems, sure-fire things that supposedly will make everything in your life great and provide security for the future. Problem is, they offer false direction and a false sense of security. They are built on sand; what you shouldn’t build your house on. And when they do ultimately collapse, many people then somehow get mad at God. They say, “God where are you in all this?” Problem is, they weren’t looking to God in all they were doing. They were looking at the idols—the systems, guarantees, and promises of the day—that were leading their choices and that they were building their house upon.

The Lord spoke to Israel when they as a nation had come to this backslidden state as a people. He said to them, “Has any nation ever exchanged its gods for another god, even though its gods are nothing? Yet my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols!” Jeremiah 2:11 Then he said what summed up their state of heart. "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns--broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13 He told them they really weren’t looking to or relying on God and that they were relying on systems that had cracks and wouldn’t work.

We live in a crazy world getting crazier. I can tell you right now that unless you turn your life over to the Lord and learn to seek, pray, and rely on Him, you’ll look back with regret. If you and I one by one, turn or return to the Lord and seek Him like Daniel did, then something powerful will begin to happen. You’ll become that one green tree in a dry place. (See picture below) Enough of us, and we’ll become a forest— the cedars of Lebanon. Let’s return to our knees and seek the Lord with all our heart and repent of the two evils the Lord named!



In His love,
Pastor Tim

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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