Summary: loosely based on "the Travelers Gift" by Andy Andrews

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The Apprentice

April 18, 2004 AM

Psalm 25:1-14

There is much talk right now about another of the reality type TV shows called the "Apprentice.

It stars Donald Trump -- the billionaire --

And it gives young men and women a chance to work under him and possibly land a really nice job.

And of course everyone hopes and prays that during the staff meetings they don’t hear the words -- "you’re fired".

The real truth is that their goal is to win money -- but if they are smart they will learn some shrewd business wisdom as they go.

I personally believe that the Bible is a great textbook.

It is a text book for almost any subject you can imagine -- including business.

There are some great principles in the word for success --

Regardless of what field or career you may be in.

What I want to do in the next few messages is to look at some principles, some basics of wisdom, that we can build on --

In other words -- I want to walk us through an apprenticeship with God.

An apprenticeship where we never have to fear hearing the words -- "you’re fired".

Let’s begin by looking at some scripture --]

(Psa 25:1 NKJV) To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.

(Psa 25:2 NKJV) O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me.

(Psa 25:3 NKJV) Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.

(Psa 25:4 NKJV) Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.

(Psa 25:5 NKJV) Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.

(Psa 25:6 NKJV) Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, For they are from of old.]

(Psa 25:7 NKJV) Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O LORD.

(Psa 25:8 NKJV) Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.

(Psa 25:9 NKJV) The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.

(Psa 25:10 NKJV) All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.

(Psa 25:11 NKJV) For Your name’s sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

(Psa 25:12 NKJV) Who is the man that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.

(Psa 25:13 NKJV) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth.

(Psa 25:14 NKJV) The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.

Let me share the last 3 verses from TLB --

(Psa 25:12 TLB) Where is the man who fears the Lord? God will teach him how to choose the best.

(Psa 25:13 TLB) He shall live within God’s circle of blessing, and his children shall inherit the earth.

(Psa 25:14 TLB) Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises.

Can I read those verse one more time from the Message Bible;

12) My question; what are God-worshippers like? Your answer; Arrows aimed at God’s bull’s eye

13) They settle down in a promising place, their kids inherit a prosperous farm

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