The Cost of Information

Finding needed data is the stuff of life here at SLG.  It is the bread and butter of a think tank.  You need some raw data before you can think about it and reassemble it.  Thus Firefox, The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, Keil and Delitzsch and PC Study Bible are our constant companions, not to mention all of our wonderful volunteers who are regularly pelted with e-mails begging for arcane bits of data about esoteric subjects.

We have also learned about the ascending cost of data.  It generally costs about 2% of the total cost of a project to get the first 50% of the data needed.  Easy money.  Readily available.

It can often cost an additional 15% to get the next 25% of the data.

But after that, the price accelerates brutally.  The last 2% of the salient data can easily consume 50% of the total price of data acquisition for a project.

We are at that place in a project that is very important to me.  There are several pieces of very specific data that we need to get from different entities, and the price of time spent is going up rapidly, and the lack of that data is stopping the project.

We are running into familiar patterns:

-The mechanical monkey who takes calls from the general public does not know what he or she is talking about, because the specific granular data we need is not in their standard training manual, therefore, their propensity is to brush us off and assure us that the data is not available.

-The gurus in the organization who do have the data we need are hidden behind gatekeepers and are slow in responding to e-mails and phone calls.

Would you all be willing to put your shoulder to the wheel and give a good hard push in prayer to release to us the last bits of data we need?

I would really appreciate it.  I am not really eager to endure a 36 day labor before this “baby” is born.

Copyright October 2012 by Arthur Burk

From the Hub, in Anaheim

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13 Responses to The Cost of Information

  1. carol says:

    Dear Arthur,

    Thinking and praying with wonder and awe about how God so stacked the deck in your favor, “I put my shoulder to the wheel” …

    Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou hast created all things and for Thy pleasure they were and are created … to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Father, you are the creator of time and space and data and every created thing. When You created Adam, You gave him the dominion mandate to take the garden to the rest of the world … a commission that still stands. Furthermore, out of the ground You made available to Adam the Tree of Life and instructed him to freely eat. Jesus Christ is now to us the incarnate Tree of Life of Whom we may freely eat and in so doing receive wisdom and knowledge from on High. Blessed be Your Name!

    It is Your desire in these end time days of acceleration to release knowledge in the Earth that here-to-for was hidden for such a time as this. Only You, the Grand Chess Player, are capable of synchronizing all created things to cause Your Will to come to pass for the purpose of performing Your pleasure in the Earth and glorifying Your Son.

    We know that the spiritual laws of the universe supersede and trump natural law. We also acknowledge that the human spirit was designed to vitally connect with Holy Spirit and rule from the Seat of Dominion over spirit, soul and body.

    It is with this in mind, Father, that I come to You on behalf of Arthur and his associates … and I speak the word release to those who hold the key pieces of information necessary to complete the task at hand. Father, cause the spirits of those individuals to come into line with Your purposes and prioritize their efforts in providing Arthur with concise, accurate, complete information and exactly the right keys to fully release this project under Arthur’s supervision. We call forth every piece of data and precise information needed to bring into fullness the revelation of God’s glory in this project for the advancement of His Kingdom.

    Father, cause the journey to be light and joyful to Arthur and his co-workers. Reverse the curse on the cost of the last 2% and cause to flow the Rivers of God to bring refreshing and abundance and release and coordination and willingness and extreme favor, IJNA.

    • Arthur Burk says:

      UPDATE: Yesterday we only managed to talk to one person of significance and got data that hugely reduced the field of investigation. That was helpful in telling us what was NOT going to be a productive pursuit, but did not build a platform in going forward.

      Somethings seems to have broken around 11:30 this morning, Pacific time. Megan is on the phone with one of the people we needed to talk to, and two others have suddenly called back. So we think that within the next hour, we should have a clear pathway forward.

      Keep praying until I give the all clear sign.

      • Arthur Burk says:

        It is Tuesday morning. We have no movement on the info we need. In the natural, it is because our gurus are all in the northeast, and are presumably more engaged in bailing water out of their offices than answering esoteric questions. So we have put that project on the back burner for a week or two.

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  3. Barry says:

    The cost of knowledge.
    I have been looking for building blocks for my teaching bag and I found one more last week in an old sermon from 2007. How what we believe and how we believe it really can cost us dearly. If we can face the fact that we call christian culture is really dressed up doubt and unbelief. Nobody told me that what was taught accepted and believed even if your own beautiful opinion could empower the enemy if you are agreeing with him. I said some of that and my mens bible study and let it sink in. There is a time to step away from our christian culture and go All the way with what God really says about us and what He has for us. Choose carefully what you believe. You are sons of Adam and sons of your father in heaven, you have inherantly in your DNA authority in this world. You have authority in prayer and you choose whom you serve . You choose and you know what you don’t believe that you have to take with both hands that this city, this county, this State, this Country, this world IS YOURS…….. You choose what you allow in or on this world. Where is the responsibility now? It is on us. We have to know that Jesus saved us , defeated the enemy and empowered us. for us Just to wait for a rapture is …… defeatism.
    The truth is we choose what we allow in this world now…….. We are back in charge as His representatives….. there is no hopelessness or underpowered christianity….. Now just ask for what you need to get it done….Move that mountain… with the same faith that got you here. …. So here is my 2 cents… go for it… a man can only recieve what is his…you cant use more authority that you have … since you my friends are representing Him.. and serving Him.. so ask not for just a little but the nations……. This in time will just be a learning curve..
    go for it… You got thousands of thousands of angels just waiting to war for you…..
    so what are you waiting for…..???
    You got your prayers , you just gotta know you also got the authority , juristdiction and a cheering host of witnesses ….


  4. Rebekah Scott says:

    Count me in!

  5. Dana says:

    certainly praying!

  6. Ellen Cooke says:

    I have found in the last several stories from friends that they encountered, what they believe to be angels who gave them the “keys’ on how to get where they needed to go,and do what they needed to do to get the tasks at hand completed So first, pray that revelation, enlightenment, wisdom, discernment and direction with clarity be sent from the throne so you will know what and when to do things. I pray strategic angels placed to open doors, move papers, carve time and place and space for those people and things you need see, communicate with, and have readily. Those things buried are floating to the top. Deaf ears, blind eyes, dumb mouths will open, mind and heart focused on the expediency needed to complete this quickly. May you have the keys, tickets, authorizations, links, passwords/vocabulary, to have what you need to have in a very timely fashion. May your vocabulary meld with what they comprehend to bring forth the desired pieces of information and connections needed. May You, Jesus be glorified in all this, Thank You, Jesus, Amen.

  7. Jenny Svetec says:

    Having endured 39 hours of labour for my first born son. I can relate to the intensity and the agony of your conundrum. I am praying for flow, much ease of flow of information for you and your team, from unexpected sources and situations in the next 36 hours, not days Amen, Lord!

  8. Katie says:

    You have my intercession .

  9. Jennifer says:

    I will join you and the others in giving a good hard push in prayer so that the data needed is released. May the baby come forth quickly.

  10. ruthiespage says:

    Also having my Delta Force pushing! They do that well!

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