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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving – A Miraculous Day in it’s Making


Fresh Manna 2009© by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you noticed the flood of software and tools that are available to help us remember things? I take advantage of many of them because they help me remember birthdays, anniversaries, important events, and even my day-to-day schedule. Can we all admit we need help remembering things?

The Apostle Peter knew we forgot things — even things we’ve known or done over and over. Sometimes reminding wasn’t just about putting back in mind something we forgot. Sometimes reminding was about stirring up something important in the same way you stir up hot coals of a campfire to get the flames re-ignited. Peter wrote, “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.” 2 Peter 1:12 The Lord gave us rainbows so that we’d remember the covenant He established with Noah; that He would never flood the entire Earth again. When you see a rainbow, does it remind you of the grace of God and His covenant with you?

God also gave His people special days and events to remind them of His love, His mercy, and His hand of deliverance from dire circumstances and enemies. We see this in Deut. 16:1-3 “In honor of the Lord your God, always celebrate the Passover at the proper time in early spring, for that was when the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night… Eat it with bread made without yeast. For seven days eat only bread made without yeast, as you did when you escaped from Egypt in such a hurry. Eat this bread—the bread of suffering—so that you will remember the day you departed from Egypt as long as you live.”

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is not a day of celebration that God created or asked man to set aside to thank Him. It was a day that the leaders of our nation established. Do you have any idea how miraculous that this actually happened is? Can you imagine a day being set aside today by the leaders of our nation to thank the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the freedom we have and to worship Him freely? Today it would not happen. The fact that we can still celebrate Thanksgiving despite the attacks upon Christianity is nothing short of miraculous. It also helps us understand how deeply the people of that day loved and honored God. Even though I presented these words yesterday, read them again today!

“…It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the 18th day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that it may please him graciously to afford his blessings on the governments of these states respectively...”

So how can we make Thanksgiving more special unto God? Can you plan a time within your Thanksgiving Day — even if just for a couple of minutes if there are those present who don’t think like you — to read a verse and maybe something from history; to remind those with you how miraculous the creation of this day was. And to acknowledge that it couldn’t have happened without the hand of God moving upon the hearts of men? Can you take a minute to pray — giving God sincere thanks; asking Him to help us return to Him? Pray about it. Prepare for it. You can keep it short. But make it sincere. It counts and will reach the heart of God and affect the hearts of those you are with.

1 Chron. 16:35 (NLT) “Cry out, "Save us, O God of our salvation! Gather and rescue us from among the nations, so we can thank your holy name and rejoice and praise you."

In His love,
Pastor Tim

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving – “We the People…”

Fresh Manna 2009© by Pastor Tim Burt

Do you remember that in our nation — the United States of America — that we are “We the people…” That‘s what’s written in the United States Constitution. “We the people of the United States…” That’s you and me. That means we have a voice. This government was established by the people and for the people.

Our forefathers had the intellectual honesty and wisdom to know and acknowledge that it was the hand of God that helped our nation become what it was at that time and would become in the future. They had the courage to set a day aside for families across the nation to give thanksgiving to Almighty God and our Savior Jesus Christ and to celebrate His blessings upon our nation.

We are the people and not only can we continue this tradition, but we can do it with great sincerity and prayer by asking God to forgive us of all our sins, personally and as a nation. We can thank Him for what He established and ask Him to lead us and our nation back to Him. We all know too well that without His help, it could never happen.

We must first ask God to revive each of us individually knowing that we need help to return to a place that we don’t seem to have strength to get to on our own. Then we must pray for revival of our nation — a manifestation where God will work in the hearts of Christians across this nation through the power of the Holy Spirit. The result would be that believers would experience a deeper, refreshed love and intimacy with God transforming thinking and changed lifestyles — a supernatural transformation. From there, the result would be a spilling of that change to unbelievers who in turn would flood the altar of Heaven giving their lives to Jesus Christ. And finally the result would be a changed nation.

We are the people of this nation. We are the people of God. Can we show the honesty, wisdom and courage our forefathers did and make this the most meaningful Thanksgiving Day ever? Let us follow their example! How can we practically do that? More tomorrow…

The following are portions of the text of the Continental Congress November 1, 1777 national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation; as printed in the Journals of Congress.

...It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the 18th day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, they may join the penitent confession of their manifold sins, whereby they had forfeited every favor, and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance; that it may please him graciously to afford his blessings on the governments of these states respectively, and prosper the public council of the whole; to inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them, with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments, under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all blessings, independence and peace; that it may please him to prosper the trade and manufactures of the people and the labor of the husbandman, that our land may yield its increase; to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost….

Psalm 33:12 (NIV) Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for His inheritance.

In His love,
Pastor Tim

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Our Freedom – The Valiant Fight For It

Fresh Manna 2009© by Pastor Tim Burt

A lesson that should be taught in all schools . . And colleges

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock , did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.

When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

'Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?'

She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'

They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'

'No,' she said.

'Maybe it's our behavior.'

She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.

By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.

Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned..

Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'

By the way, this is a true story.
Please consider passing this along so others won't forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by U. S. Veterans.

1 Chronicles 19:13 Be of good courage, and let us fight valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.

In His love,
Pastor Tim

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Making Prudent Decisions

Fresh Manna 2009© by Pastor Tim Burt

Making a decision with your best interests in mind is what most people do most of the time. That is natural. Making a decision for the purpose of making yourself happy is something that people also do. That may seem natural, but a decision made to make you happy may not always be in your best interest. You might think, “Aren’t decisions made with my best interests in mind and to make me happy something that go hand in hand?” The answer is: not always! They can often be in conflict with each other.

Our country is in a financial mess. I think almost every American citizen believes that to be true to some extent. How did we get there? Isn’t that the question of the decade? Well, at least one way we got there is through people making decisions that made them happy, but were not necessarily in their best interests.

In the last decade, multitudes of people have become homeowners; many for the first time. Many others stepped up to a home of greater value. I am sure that every one of these people was excited and happy, but a huge percentage of them did not make good financial decisions. They bought something that caused them to live on the financial edge — owing more than they could afford — especially if they were to experience a financial interruption or the economy soured.

Buying a home is a good thing. It will initially make the buyer happy. Buying what you can afford will not only bring initial happiness, but also long-term happiness. That is a person making a decision in their best interest and to make themselves happy. But for the one who did not do due diligence — figuring out what they could honestly and reasonably afford even with a setback — that person made an emotional decision that would only bring short-term joy. It was not truly in their best interests.

This country has become a nation of people looking for artificial and short-term joy born from emotional decisions at the expense of their own and others best interests. Spending what you do not have brings very short-term joy. It is not in your best interests; living within your means is.

For me, that all begins with honoring God with my firstfruits — the tithe of my income. From there, it means planning and prudence in spending; thinking through my expenses and what I can and cannot afford. Like most of us, I have learned the hard way that spending to get joy does not work and it eventually brings misery.

People spend for emotional release — to feel better when they’re down, or because “they deserve it” — not because they can afford it. People make emotional decisions that lead them to buy what they can’t afford, to eat what produces fat and poor health, to enter into relationships or sex outside of God’s word and in reckless ways — to do stupid things — in order to make themselves happier; not because they are choosing what is in their best interests. People that live this way are always working to recover from the collateral damage of their emotional decisions.

1 Tim. 6:10 tells us, “For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” Money is simply a means of exchange. It’s not good or evil and God does not call it evil. He says the “love of money” is the root of all evil. If money is simply a medium of exchange, you could say, “The love of exchange is the root of all evil.” In other words, it’s the LOVE of exchange or getting things — money, things, people, sex, porn; whatever people are trying to get — without processing getting it with God and their best interests at heart. It first has to prudently fit within God’s boundaries that are there to protect you.

You then have to ask, “If I do this what will it really cost? What will be the long-term fruit? Can I honestly say I am sure that God is fine with this?” When you’ve examined those kinds of thoughts rather than have a lust or “love of exchange” born from an emotional desire to get happier, you’ll make prudent decisions that bring long-term happiness.

John 16:24 “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Trouble Tree

Fresh Manna 2009© by Pastor Tim Burt

The Trouble Tree (author unknown)

I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job: (a flat tire made him lose an hour of work & his electric drill quit) his ancient one ton truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence.

On arriving he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.

When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.

Oh, that's my trouble tree," he replied. "I know I can't help having troubles on the job, but one thing's for sure, those troubles don't belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home and ask God to take care of them.

Then in the morning I pick them up again." Funny thing is," he smiled", when I come out in the morning to pick 'em up, there aren't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before."

Psalm 55:22 “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim

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