I think he would be known to anyone who had anything to do with Faskally until a couple of years ago when he stepped back from his work there. You may have heard him preach at conferences throughout the country. Bert is a man I respect and love. I spoke with him at Holburn conference on Saturday. His ministry was exceptional and well worth hearing. I think it will be posted to http://www.holburn.org.uk in due course.
Here is what I managed to get down on my phone doing the first half of the conference.
Cast your bread upon the waters
· Deliberate acts
· Not careless or speculative
· Context in the section is the farmer sowing seed for his harvest.
Upon the waters
· Primitive agriculture when the farmland was flooded.
· He had kept grain from the harvest to sow into the ground for the next harvest
· He had to look out on the flooded ground. Am I making the right decision. Am I wasting it or investing it
· The seed was precious to him, would he let it go for long term blessing or keep it and make it into bread for short term blessing.
NB : Is it too valuable to waste or too good to keep to yourself.
· Mary of Bethany
· Boy with 5 loaves and 2 fish
· Hannah and Samuel.
· Abraham and Isaac.
· Philippian assbly and their gift to Paul.
· Lord in Gethsemane
After many Days
· Seldom in God’s work do we ever see instant results.
· The seed of Gods word and work usually takes time to germinate.
Motto for Life
· Bread is a picture of life.
· A life given. Not wasted.
“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Lessons about Casting our Bread
1. Conditions will never be right to cast your bread.
“He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap”
2. Willing to cast our bread without understanding how God will work. It is a sovereign work of God.
“As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all”
3. Shouldn't be selective with regard to the time and place. Our expectation will never be accurate. We have to leave it with the Lord.
“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good” (Ecclesiastes 11:6)
NB : Am I living for myself now or for another day.
“Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment”.