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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Fresh Manna 2010 By Pastor Tim Burt

Hi Fresh Manna readers,

I will be in Israel for the next couple of weeks so I will be taking the first break from writing Fresh Manna in I think over three years. I will be back to writing on Tuesday, March 16th. In the meantime, you can go through the archives at my web site listed below if you want to catch up on any past devotions.

Today, I would simply like to leave you Isaiah Chapter 60 from the (NLB) to read. You will be able to see why Jerusalem is so precious to God and His people. These verses paint a picture of Jerusalem as we will one day see her in a later day! It will be a part of our life. These verses will also help you understand why the Lord wants you to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Whether you fully understand it all or not isn’t as important as knowing that Jerusalem is precious to the Lord and so it’s precious to us!

Isaiah 60:1-22 (NLT) "Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is shining upon you. [2] Darkness as black as night will cover all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord will shine over you. [3] All nations will come to your light. Mighty kings will come to see your radiance.
[4] "Look and see, for everyone is coming home! Your sons are coming from distant lands; your little daughters will be carried home. [5] Your eyes will shine, and your hearts will thrill with joy, for merchants from around the world will come to you. They will bring you the wealth of many lands. [6] Vast caravans of camels will converge on you, the camels of Midian and Ephah. From Sheba they will bring gold and incense for the worship of the Lord. [7] The flocks of Kedar will be given to you, and the rams of Nebaioth will be brought for my altars. In that day I will make my Temple glorious.
[8] "And what do I see flying like clouds to Israel, like doves to their nests? [9] They are the ships of Tarshish, reserved to bring the people of Israel home. They will bring their wealth with them, and it will bring great honor to the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he will fill you with splendor.
[10] "Foreigners will come to rebuild your cities. Kings and rulers will send you aid. For though I have destroyed you in my anger, I will have mercy on you through my grace. [11] Your gates will stay open around the clock to receive the wealth of many lands. The kings of the world will be led as captives in a victory procession. [12] For the nations that refuse to be your allies will be destroyed. [13] The glory of Lebanon will be yours—the forests of cypress, fir, and pine—to beautify my sanctuary. My Temple will be glorious!
[14] "The children of your tormentors will come and bow before you. Those who despised you will kiss your feet. They will call you the City of the Lord, and Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
[15] "Though you were once despised and hated and rebuffed by all, you will be beautiful forever. You will be a joy to all generations, for I will make you so. [16] Powerful kings and mighty nations will bring the best of their goods to satisfy your every need. You will know at last that I, the Lord, am your Savior and Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel. [17] I will exchange your bronze for gold, your iron for silver, your wood for bronze, and your stones for iron. Peace and righteousness will be your leaders! [18] Violence will disappear from your land; the desolation and destruction of war will end. Salvation will surround you like city walls, and praise will be on the lips of all who enter there.
[19] "No longer will you need the sun or moon to give you light, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light, and he will be your glory. [20] The sun will never set; the moon will not go down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end. [21] All your people will be righteous. They will possess their land forever, for I will plant them there with my own hands in order to bring myself glory. [22] The smallest family will multiply into a large clan. The tiniest group will become a mighty nation. I, the Lord, will bring it all to pass at the right time."

Psalms 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.


Bless you and see you in two weeks.

In His love,
Pastor Tim

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Get Real!

by Renee Burt

I love people…I really do! And not just certain kinds of people…I enjoy the entire spectrum...everything from the introverts to the extroverts, from the artistically inclined to the intellectuals, from the old to the young, and everything in between. I’m fascinated by our cultural and gender differences, and I’m intrigued by our differences because of our life’s experiences. But there’s one quality in people that sends me over the top! And that’s when they’re real, genuine, nothing phony, with no hidden agendas or veiled implications in their conversation. It doesn’t matter if I agree with everything that they say…what does matter is that I’ve found someone who is willing to let me see who they really are. And what higher compliment can a person pay you than to trust you enough to let you see them for who they really are. Did you know that God feels the very same way? He loves each one of us, with all of our uniqueness…we’re all His favorites…but it endears us to Him when we’re real with Him in our conversations. Don’t mistake me here. He’ll listen to you even if you give it a stiff half-hearted effort. But He delights in it when you’ll have a warm, real, genuine heart-felt talk with Him. So let’s literally “get real!”

Proverbs 15:8 MSG ~ God can’t stand pious poses, but He delights in genuine prayers!

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Worth Reading

by Renee Burt

Recently, I’ve read three historical novels that took place during very difficult times in history. One was the tragic story of a French Jewish girl who narrowly escaped being sent to Auschwitz…but whose entire family died there. Another was the story of an American Japanese girl whose family was unfairly interned in a camp, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. And the other was a heart-wrenching story about how the racial tensions in Mississippi, during the 1960’s, affected the lives of so many people. I read each book with a heart that was aching…aching for what had happened…wishing that I had been able to be there to stand up for what was right…wishing that these sad and disturbing times in history had never happened or could somehow be rewritten.

But history can’t be rewritten…it’s past. And so we’re left with today and tomorrow…and all the tomorrows that come after that. Tomorrows that are yet to be written in the pages of history. Now, maybe our individual lives will never be written about in a history book, but each day of our life is another page in a chapter of our own history. And the question is…what will be written on those pages? If you were to go back and read it later, would your heart ache for what had happened? Would you wish that you could somehow rewrite your story? It gives one pause for thought…and for prayer that God will help us to live our lives well…day by day. So that the only ache someone would feel if they read our story, would be an ache to know the loving, faithful God of grace who makes our life worth reading!

II Thessalonians 1:11 NLT ~ So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

A Picture-Worthy Life!

by Renee Burt

I enjoy a social networking tool on the internet called Facebook. It allows people to share snapshots of their life, through the photos and comments they post. And it allows people to reconnect with long lost friends…and to stay connected with family and friends who may live even halfway around the world. And what I especially love about it? It allows me to “friend” people who don’t know the Lord…who may have colorful language and colorful lives, if you catch my drift.

But I’ve noticed that makes some Christians uncomfortable…it makes them want to “unfriend” those people. I initially had that same temptation…to avoid being “exposed” to the lifestyle they’re living...especially since it was the same kind of lifestyle I was grateful to have left behind years ago. But what we don’t take enough time to consider is that these are the very people Jesus wants us to reach out to. It’s that kind of person who Jesus ate dinner with…who He listened to…whose lives were changed because He loved them BEFORE their lives changed. I was once that kind of person…were you? Did someone love you and “friend” you, when you were less than loveable? It’s that kind of love that changed my life! And I’m trusting that His love in me will change their life too!

Mark 2:15-17 MSG ~ Later Jesus and his disciples were at home having supper with a collection of disreputable guests. Unlikely as it seems, more than a few of them had become followers. The religion scholars and Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company and lit into his disciples: "What kind of example is this, acting cozy with the riffraff?" Jesus, overhearing, shot back, "Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I'm here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit."

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