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Monday, October 29, 2012

The Americans

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


I have printed this once before, but after rereading this recently, and considering our elections coming up, I felt impressed to post it again!

What you are about to read is an amazing text of an editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator from June 5, 1973. It was printed into Congressional Record.

"The Americans"

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971 and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the earth.

As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtze. Who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did. They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges and the Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of the Mississippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it. When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries into help... Managua Nicaragua is one of the most recent examples. So far this spring, 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped. The Marshall Plan .. the Truman Policy .. all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now, newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent war-mongering Americans.

I'd like to see one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplanes. Come on... let's hear it! Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar or the Douglas 107? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all international lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or women on the moon?

You talk about Japanese technocracy and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy and you find men on the moon, not once, but several times ... and safely home again. You talk about scandals and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everyone to look at. Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, most of them ... unless they are breaking Canadian laws .. are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend here. When the Americans get out of this bind ... as they will... who could blame them if they said 'the hell with the rest of the world'. Let someone else buy the Israel bonds, Let someone else build or repair foreign dams or design foreign buildings that won't shake apart in earthquakes.

When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke. I can name to you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble.

Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake. Our neighbours have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles.

I hope Canada is not one of these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians. And finally, the American Red Cross was told at its 48th Annual meeting in New Orleans this morning that it was broke.

This year's disasters .. with the year less than half-over… has taken it all and nobody...but nobody... has helped.

The Americans Gordon Sinclair Radio Station CFBR 1010 2 St. Clair Avenue West Toronto, Ontario, Canada. "LET'S BE PERSONAL" Broadcast June 5, 1973 CFRB, Toronto, Ontario Topic:

Note from Pastor Tim: It is my prayer, that with the elections before us, that Christians will use their voice, worship the one who established this nation, and pray!

Psalms 74:18 (NLT) See how these enemies insult you, Lord. A foolish nation has dishonored your name"

 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 26, 2012

A Penny for your Thoughts

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Psa 9:10 "Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you."

A Penny for your Thoughts (Author Unknown) 

I'll never again pick up a penny without thinking of this.

Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.

As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.
Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts.

Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny. He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She causally mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been valuable. A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before. What was the point of this?

"Look at it," he said. "Read what it says." She read the words "United States of America." "No, not that; read further." "One cent?" "No, keep reading." "In God we Trust?" "Yes!" "And?" "And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin, I see that inscription.
It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it. God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him. Who am I to pass it by?

When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful." When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, "In God We Trust," and had to laugh.

Yes, God, I get the message. It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful.
And God is patient.


In His Love,

Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 19, 2012

The Buzzard, the Bat, and the Bumblebee

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee
(Author Unknown)

THE BUZZARD If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly,but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.
THE BAT The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and,no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.
THE BUMBLEBEE A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.





  PEOPLE  In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up! That's the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem.... just look up!

Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, But faith looks up! Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and trust in our Creator, who loves us.

Psalms 5:3 “My voice shall you hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto you, and will look up.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Jesus is Coming Back So Stay Hot For God!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


There was a time when Jesus was teaching his disciples about what things would be like before His return to this earth - and event that will happen shortly before the end of this world as we know it. The disciples asked Him a question that we see in Matthew 24:3. “Jesus’ disciples came to Him privately and asked, 'When will all this take place? And will there be any sign ahead of time to signal your return and the end of the world?'"  One of the signs Jesus told them about was that “Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But those who endure to the end will be saved, preserved, and protected. ” Matthew 24:12-13 (NLT)

When Jesus said sin would be rampant – He was referring to every kind of sin – the disregard for earthly laws and the disregard for the instructions, guidelines, and boundaries that His Word gives us to live by. He was talking corruption on large levels, business and personal dealings without integrity, evil speaking about others without regard for how it might hurt them, a freedom to lie and cheat as a part of every day life, about sexual immorality and perversion increasing to such a level that it redefined all sexuality. He was talking about unfaithfulness and disloyalty in relationships. He was talking about the increase of selfishness and greed. He was saying that this increased evil would so surround us, that if we were not careful, it would discourage us to unprecedented levels causing our own love to grow cold. When a person’s love grows cold, everything looks bleak and life doesn’t look worth living. I pray that this has not become the case in any of your lives.

Christianity is not prudish nor is God. Sexuality between a man and a woman within the boundaries of marriage is the proper use of what it was created by God for. Sexual immorality outside of marriage is a perversion - a misuse of something God created in a way other than what it was created for.

When things God created for good are misused, then they becomes a perversion. When something is perverted from its original use, instead of having a good result, it produces a curse – the reaction to its misuse. When I was a child, before the days of circuit breakers, I stuck a bobby pin in an electric socket. It blew the socket starting it on fire and I was blown backwards. By the grace of God I was hardly hurt, but, I could have been electrocuted. It wasn’t the fault of electricity – a good thing. It was the misuse on my part of that electricity – a bad thing.

God knows what He created, how it is to be used, and the boundaries for it. Think about words. They can produce great joy or they can hurt, maim, and bring destruction. Consequently, God instructs us to use our words wisely. Proverbs 18:21 (MSG) says, "Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit—you choose." Instruction and boundaries are created with the ultimate goal of producing blessing and protection. His Word gives us instruction with the intention to bless us and protect us from the curse of misuse.

A more recent CDC study estimates that one in four (26 percent) young women between the ages of 14 and 19 in the United States – or 3.2 million teenage girls – is infected with at least one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. This is just one age group mentioned but the problem abounds throughout all groups and around the world. It is epidemic. This is the result of the perversion of God's word when it comes to sex; or more simply said, this is the result of fornication - sex outside of marriage.

The greatest problem that comes from escalating sin in the world is the feeling that it’s so much bigger than your ability to have an affect in slowing it down or stopping it. That feeling usually leads to a caving into it. This is why men and women are becoming slaves to pornography, casual sexual relationships, and every kind of sexual experience imaginable – all perversions of God's intention for sex. It was created for a husband and wife to experience for their purpose of enhancing their love and intimacy and for procreation. This is not archaic. This is the purpose of its creation. Misuse outside of that it leads to the dismantling and destruction of lives – sexually from disease, emotionally from hurt and pain, and mentally from the torment and confusion of broken relationships outside the boundaries of God’s will, and the degradation of human dignity.
When those that love God's word work to create appropriate restraints within society's legal system and in creating ethical standards, the violators of God's way resort to intimidation and bullying or bashing to get their way. The evil of name calling and slandering of anyone that does not take a more “open and liberal view of homosexuality begins.” We are called, “archaic,” “backwards,” “out of touch,""homophobic,"  and many vile names that I cannot print. There has been a bombardment of intimidation that has led to many people’s acceptance of homosexuality and other forms of sexual activity outside of marriage. People have been pressured, bullied, called names, and intimidated into the acceptance of something sinful even when deep in their heart, they know it is wrong.
The answer to this is to have personal convictions based upon scripture and stand up for them. Learn to hate sin in your own life. Learn to love God more than your own fleshly desires. In learning to hate sin, that does not mean become judgmental of others or self-righteous. We are to love sinners the same way God loved us in our sin. Jesus died for our sins. But it doesn’t mean we have to agree with, or be tolerant of sin in our society. First prayerfully stand against it in your own life. Then humbly, kindly, and prayerfully influence others in God’s love and ways. Then take a stand against evil by resisting it verbally and with action. Write letters, write blogs, write your television stations, your politicians – in other words, take a stand against evil wherever you can. Psalm 97:10 says, “You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked.“

Your resistance will help protect you and strengthen you from what Jesus said will happen – “the love of many growing cold.”  He also said, “He who stands firm (in what is right) to the end will be saved, preserved and protected.” Matthew 24:13

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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