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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Making a Difference in the Lives of Others

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Ezekiel 22:30 “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap for me… but I found none.”

One morning Renee and I went out for a nice breakfast. As we were talking, we began to reflect on how good the Lord had been to us over all our years. As we were reminiscing, I remembered a special moment I had with my son Peter – the kind of moment that makes you proud and extremely thankful to God..

One Saturday morning we had gone out for breakfast at a local restaurant. There was a waitress there that we had become acquainted with from her serving us on a few occasions. As our acquaintance and communication level grew, we had the opportunity to share the Lord with her. Because we had taken the time to befriend her, she had opened up to us sharing personal things close to her heart of concern about her young son. She had shared that she was bringing him in for a medical exam because the doctors suspected there was a serious problem with his health and that he had an unusual disease. We asked her if we could pray for her son and she lit up like a Christmas tree. She was ecstatic that we would want to pray for her son. People are always a little shocked when you start praying for them right then and there, but they are also blessed at the same time.

A few weeks later, we came in to have breakfast. She lit up when she saw us. "I've been waiting and hoping you'd come in! I've wanted to thank you for your prayers and tell you the good news. My son does not have the disease they thought he did. He is going to be fine! I wanted so bad to tell you because you are one of the few people that has ever offered to pray!" We were excited for her and it continued to help us stay focused to pray for her.

While we were having breakfast, my son Peter was catching me up on the job he held at that time. "Dad, I work with this one guy. He isn’t the most intelligent person and that seems to have hindered his getting promoted – but dad, he is the nicest guy I've ever worked with! He has two kids and doesn't make that much money. He has a pair of shoes that have got to be ancient. They are old and absolutely worn out. I am going to buy him a new pair of shoes!" At that moment, I was so proud of my son. He was a college student at that time and money was extremely tight for him. Even so, he saw someone else’s need and decided to do something out it. It seemed as though, everything I had ever tried to impart to his heart was manifesting at this breakfast. He had taken hold of a simple truth. One person can make a difference in life even if it's just one person at a time that you touch.

If Jesus ever taught us anything - and the truth is He taught us countless things - He taught us that one person can make all the difference. His life on earth is the greatest example of that truth we will ever know. So many people want to do great things! Too often, people have good intentions and want to do good things for others, but they imagine doing such grandiose things in magnitude that they in all likelihood won’t do, that they let the little opportunities that they could do, pass by. The result being good intentions but little to nothing being done. What a shame because people can make a difference in the small things in someone’s life every day!

James 1:17 says that "everything good comes down from the Father..." Everything good does! That means when you feel your heart being promoted to do something good for someone – it’s most likely being steered by God. In 1 Corinthians 4:7 the Apostle Paul put it like this: "... what have you that you did not receive from God? Now if you did receive it from God, why do you want the glory for it as if you had not received it from Him?" The point here is this: if the good we receive or do is from and with the help of God, then why do we want the credit? Why don’t we forget about whether anyone ever knows the good we do and just do it unto the Lord giving Him thanks for helping us to be this way?

Jesus teaches us that there is great blessing in making a difference but not looking for public credit or glory. We read it in Mat 6:3-4 "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

Making a difference in the lives of others can be a daily thing. It's sacrificially touching one person's life with some random act of kindness. It may be the giving of moral support, taking time to pray for someone, the giving of resources or time, or making an even greater sacrifice you feel prompted to make.

In today's Fresh Manna verse, we see that this was a cry from God's heart to His people at a time when they had appeared to have lost their way. It says, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap for me… but I found none.” We dream about changing the whole world. It starts by trusting that God will lead you and work through you to stand in the gap for others.

This made me so proud of my son. He’s learning this truth and is learning to walk it out! God would love for all of us to stand in the gap – even in the smallest ways!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Put an End to Your Regrets!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


As people travel around the world, it's possible for them to see and visit temple ruins— temples of pagan gods that eroded to almost nothing over the years. Any temple of a pagan god will eventually erode to nothing because it was created without God’s blessing and will be subject to nature’s erosion. That should not be the case with you! Don’t you become a broken down temple. Jesus privileged you with the honor of being empowered as mighty in spirit because of the Holy Spirit living in you! Let me explain.

In Mark chapter 11, we read the story of Jesus being with His disciples in the temple. He was upset! The temple of God had become a place of commerce selling sacrificial animals and exchanging of Roman money for Temple money. This is not what God had ever intended. This could be done outside the temple. Jesus in righteous indignation turned over the money-changers tables and proclaimed, "My Temple will be called a place of prayer for all nations,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves." (Mark 11:17)  God's house was supposed to have been a house of prayer, not a place of corruption and usury.

Jesus died and arose from the dead, initiating the new and everlasting covenant for us to be forgiven of sins and reconciled to God. There was also another change initiated through this New Covenant. No longer would there be just one temple for man to come to, to worship God. Those who received Jesus as their Savior would become the temple of God. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." The revelation to us is this: the temple of God, that was at one time a place where people met and sacrificed animals to God, has now changed locations! WE are now the temple of God’s Holy Spirit! And you remember what Jesus said the temple was supposed to be? He said it was a to be a House of Prayer! Now you are that temple with the Holy Spirit living within you, and you are a house of prayer !

One of the greatest revelations and privileges given to a believer is to understand that you aren't a slave to anything. To the contrary, you are mighty! Sin doesn't have power over you! Fear doesn't have power over you! Circumstances don't have power over you! You have God in you, with you, and for you! You need to look in the mirror and say that to yourself.  Jesus has made me mighty!  You have the mighty power of God working in you. Read these next words and let them blow you away! Especially the last verse about God's power at work within you!

Ephesians 3:17-20 (NKJV) "that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints (that's you!) what is the width and length and depth and height-- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us"

Did you see that? "According to the power that works in us." As the holidays come up, put that might to work and experience Thanksgiving and Christmas without regrets. Have courage, not regret. What do you desire to happen at your Christmas celebration? Do you want to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas but face the possibility of objection or rejection while celebrating with relatives? Prepare the event in prayer. Then prepare your courage and strength in prayer. What is it you want to see happen? Plan it out and if it takes mutual cooperation from others because there might be unbelievers present—then be wise. Talk it over with those holding the celebration and plan it mutually and with cooperation. Be bold in spirit rather than face regrets later. Make it meaningful, short, and sweet if you face potential opposition.

And then for you personally, remember that your body—your temple—is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Moderation is something that God will give you strength for. Philip. 4:4-5 says, “…let everyone see your moderation in all you do.”

Don’t let history repeat itself in your life. Don’t end up after the holidays once again thinking  I wish I had said and done this. Or, I wish I hadn't said or done that. Don’t regret how much weight you put on. Don’t regret getting in fights with loved ones. Don’t regret not bringing Jesus into your Christmas. Don’t let the history of regrets repeat itself.

Jesus’ death and resurrection brought you much more than just eternal life. It brought you His power and strength to work within you. Pray, prepare, and have faith in His power and strength working in you to say Yes! to what is good and to say No! to what you shouldn't partake of. Be moderate so you don’t have regrets! Have courage to represent Jesus and let your light shine bright in all you do!

Ephesians 1:19 (NLT) “I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Yes, God Hears Your Prayer!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


My daughter and her family live in Peru as missionaries. They come up to visit us for a month each summer and it's such precious time with them. Having my two granddaughters for that time is a slice of Heaven.  One early evening my granddaughter Macy and I went out for a walk. She was seven years old at the time. She was talking about something she really wanted and I asked her if she had prayed about it yet. She hadn't so I said, “Come on Macy, let’s pray about that right now.” She looked up at me with almost a sad look and said, “Papa, I don’t think God always hears my prayers.”

I asked her why she’d say that and she said, “I've asked Him for some things lately and it doesn't seem like He cares.” I put my arms around her and said, “Come here Macy, I want to give you a big hug.” With my arms around her I said, “Now let me tell you something. I love you more than I can find words to describe." When I hug you, it's like eating a meal but still feeling hungry. I can can never get enough. That's how I feel when I hug you" "Do you know why I feel that way? I feel that way because I love you so much.” She said, “I love you too, Papa.” “Okay, but here is the deal, as much as I love you, it could never compare to how much God loves you. He loves you even more. Sometimes I get busy with stuff, but God never gets busy with stuff. He is God, He can think about and love each one of us no matter how many of us there are. That’s what makes Him God and why His love is so great!” I continued, “And you know what? He always hears your prayers. Always!” She looked up at me and said, “Papa, then why doesn't He answer everything I ask?” “He does Macy,” I told her. “It’s just that you think He is going to answer your prayers in a particular way and He does it better. That means it’s not always going to happen when and how you expect it. So, you better keep your faith and trust turned on and your eyes open, because you will see your answer come if you keep expecting. It will just be better than what you even asked for!"

The primary way God brings blessing, including answers to prayer, is through people. His people are called the church. Anytime you have people involved, God works to influence their heart, leading them to respond to His direction. When they do, prayers are answered quickly. When they don’t, God looks for other people or other ways to answer your prayer. God will work through angels or independently of people if He has to, but if you read His word you'll see time and time again, that He desires to use people. And, He likes to do things in a way that is far beyond what we could ask or think. Look at the following verses and see these three things: God uses people—His church. He does this so that they can be an extension of Him and so that He will be gloried and draw more people to Himself. See also that He does beyond what we ask or think. And see that He responds to people exercising obedience to His leading by faith.

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NLT) "Now glory be to God! By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. May He be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen."

Matthew 9:1-8 (NIV) "Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. SOME MEN BROUGHT to Jesus a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven…” “…then He said to the paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go home." And the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men.”

Does God care and is He paying attention? If this is a question for you, go get away into a quiet place, and approach the Lord and let Him put His arms around you and tell you how much He loves you. Those words will come from His Word but you can have this kind of moment and He does and will answer your prayer. You just need to quit putting Him in a box and let Him be God and do it beyond what you could ask or think and in His way and in His timing!

1 John 5:14-15 (NIV) This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of Him.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

A Godly Attribute That Will Change Your Life

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


My mom was absolutely amazing. She was supermom. She cooked family meals morning and night and made lunch for ten kids every day. She did laundry every day. She ironed our clothes, our sheets and pillow cases—just about everything. She took us everywhere and was at every life event she could be at. How she kept her sanity I will never know. She is in Heaven now, but oh how I can’t wait to tell her again how amazing she was.

I was about 8 years old. I was the fifth of ten children. My brother’s and my bedroom was next to our laundry room. I was not a good sleeper growing up and so I’d wake up frequently at night. Mom wasn't a great sleeper either. She probably had too much on her mind. I would see her many nights doing laundry at 2 or 3 in the morning. It made my heart ache for how hard she worked for us.

One day I made a decision. I was going to find ways to help mom. Our laundry room was also our coat closet for our shoes, coats, hats, mittens, boots, and more. It looked like a hotel coat-check room it was so packed. And we were kids and so this room always looked like a tornado had blown through.

One night while mom was at a PTA meeting, I decided I was going to reorganize the entire room and hang and line everything up perfectly. It took me three hours and I finished just before 10 pm. I was getting a drink of water before going to bed when my mom came home. She saw me in the kitchen and instantly got mad at me for still being up past my bedtime. She chewed me out and sent me to bed but I didn't tell her why I was up. I felt bad but had still wanted to surprise her.

Within ten minutes she was in my room sitting on the bed besides me running her fingers through my hair, kissing me on the cheek, and almost crying she felt so bad. She had seen the newly organized laundry room, figured out that I had done it, and felt horrible for yelling at me. She thanked me over and over again for doing this for her. She proceeded to tell me just how much it meant to her and how much it helped her. I asked her about getting a rack for all the boots and shoes and a file cabinet for putting the hats and mittens in to keep them sorted. She got me both and we had the most organized laundry room one could imagine. I kept this room up for her.

My mom was the world’s greatest appreciator. She’d gush with thanks and then thank again. It was so motivating that it made me want to help her more which I did. I could also see she needed help with her garden so I began to help her with that each year. I guess that’s where gardening got in my blood because I am now an avid gardener which I am forever thankful for. And helping her with the garden became a new faucet of thanks that flowed from my mom to me.

Thankfulness is such a powerful and motivating force and yet, in my experience, the majority of people are somewhere between poor and a dismal failure at it. Should that surprise us? I guess it’s been that way for a while. Can you imagine being healed from leprosy and not being thankful? I can’t.

In Luke 17:14-19 (NIV) we read the story of the ten lepers that cried out to Jesus to heal them. He did. But then we read, “And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked Him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then He said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

Do you see that only one came back to thank Jesus? Because his heart was full of thanksgiving he received more than the others from God. All of them were cleansed of leprosy, but to the thankful one Jesus said, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well." He got something more from God. His eyes were open to see who Jesus was. He could see that Jesus was God. That is why he came back praising God and throwing himself at Jesus’ feet. His heart of thanksgiving brought him more than healing. It brought him eternal life. A heart of thanksgiving will open your eyes to more of God and result in more of His blessing in your life!

Philippians 4:6 (NIV) tells us, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." God wants us to pray and ask His help in everything, but the question is, do we even pay attention to or thank him for the multitude of prayers He has already answered? If we don’t have a continuing attitude of thanksgiving we’ll miss seeing the many prayers He’s already answered for us! It will even hurt our faith because we will miss seeing His intimate involvement in our lives.

I can’t tell you how many times I've done things for people, things that have taken time, effort, and sacrifice. The averages of appreciation are about the same as in the story of the lepers. Only a small percentage show true appreciation. That’s okay. That’s not why I do things for people. It won’t keep me from reaching out to help and be a blessing. But I feel bad because I know it will hinder them from so much more blessing in their life. Having a thankful spirit is a godly attribute God wants us to develop. It draws more of His blessing in our life. It’s the truth!

Thank you mom for modeling this and helping develop within me! I am eternally thankful to God and you for it!

Psalms 100:4 (NIV) “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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