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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus - Must See!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I love this! It seriously brought tears to my eyes! What a proclamation of Jesus Christ! I know in my heart this is the continuing sound of Heaven!


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Two Inspiring Short Videos

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Naomi Feil Reaches Glady's Heart

This may be the most one of the most pure demonstrations of love I have ever seen. Absolutely beautiful. Please watch it all the way through! 

God's Love: Naomi Feil, a Jewish woman, sings Christian hymns for Gladys, who has Alzheimer's and was unable to speak. Watch what happens at the end, when Mrs. Feil opens her heart and gives Ms. Gladys what she needs so deeply! 




A Magnificent Christmas Story in Video 
The cutest Nativity story in short video that I have ever seen ♥
I hope you enjoy it! 




In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

God Does Not Want Us Desperate!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


29 Years ago when Renee and I were starting the Small Group ministry at our church, Living Word Christian Center, the Lord spoke something to my heart. He spoke it to me like a father giving his son godly advice.  At that time, I had been laying out a plan for our small groups system at church, that I had sought God on, prayed over, and was building the blueprint for. It was unique from what other churches had been doing. At that time there were no systems like it—no models to pattern it after. Most churches were following cell group systems which were the trend of that day. We had gone that route years earlier but didn't feel it was the best fit for our church. We instead prayed over a small group system that was more compatible with our culture and goals.

When the time was drawing near to launch the vision of it, I began to pray over the leadership I would raise up for it. It was at that time the Lord spoke this admonishing type tip to me. As I was praying about it one morning, I felt these words from the Lord impressed upon my heart. He said, “You are not desperate!” That's all He said, but when you hear from the Lord like that, you almost always have the understanding that comes with what is said. I knew instantly that He did not want me to get ahead of myself just to achieve goals and hurt my efforts by raising people up into leadership that weren't prepared for it. He was telling me, You are not desperate concerning your leadership so don’t act like it. Pray for me to give you the cream of the crop for leadership and over time, you will see that I will give you exactly that. And as I look back today, the Lord has given me the most amazing leadership. An abundance of people who have been walking in leadership roles for 15 to 25 years and going strong. And more and more coming to me every week!

The Lord spoke one other thing to me that day. Since then, it has guided me through all my efforts in all I have done over the years, with amazing grace and patience. He spoke the words from Zechariah 4:10 (NLT) "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin..."

I learned that starting small gives you an opportunity to learn what you are doing, adjust your path and efforts as they need tweaking, and to help work through the mistakes everyone makes when attempting something new for the first time. In the small beginnings, there are fewer people to hurt or see you make those mistakes. That is a grace from God! 

God had taught me at an earlier time in my life that He would equip me to do the things He wanted me to do. Hebrews 13:20 (NLT) says, “And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus... equip you with all you need for doing His will.” Over time, I knew that this did not just pertain to ministry, but to every area of my life. No matter what I had need of, God would equip me for the things He called me to do. I would seek Him for the equipping I needed. And from that point, if I ever felt anxious and less than confident about what I was attempting, I would remember that the Lord promised to equip me, and those words from the Lord, “I am not desperate!”

As we read God's word, we see people in the Bible who are in desperate places or situations in their life—just like we do in the lives of those around us. We ourselves experience feelings and moments of desperation and yet I know the Lord wants us to shout, “I am not desperate.” We aren't because the Lord is our provider. He is the one that shows us where our provision is. He is the one who equips us for every good thing!

When Abraham was called by God to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, Abraham knew God had promised Isaac as his heritage. So, even though this sacrifice did not make sense, he knew God would provide. Even though it was his own son, he would not allow himself to be desperate. And we know the ending. God provided at that very moment of sacrifice, Abraham’s provision: a ram in the thicket to take Issac's place. And because of that, Abraham named that place accordingly as we read in Genesis 22:14. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh;  The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided."  Those words Jehovah-jireh literally means, God who will show you were your provision is. Is trust in this fact important? Well, because Abraham trusted God and offered Issac in obedience, God offered up Jesus for us!

We are not desperate! We may at times experience very real and difficult circumstances that attempt to terrorize our heart. But, even in those times, the truth is, God is with us! He is our deliverer and He is our provider. It is He that shows us were our provision is and equips us for everything He has called us to do! Trust that and lean on that as you seek God in faith for your equipping and needs!

Hebrews 13:20 (NLT)  “And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus... equip you with all you need for doing His will.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Intimacy With God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I love having intimate time with the Lord. Sometimes that happens in the middle of the night when I have awoken wide-awake and can't fall back to sleep. Instead of fretting over a loss of sleep, I read my bible, pray and spend time thanking God for every good thing in my life. Not only is that time special, but in short order, it brings me  to where I can easily fall back asleep. I have many places and times and atmospheres where I have intimate time with the Lord. I've created a place in my garden, a  couple of places in my home and frankly, I can turn just about any place into an atmosphere of intimacy with Him.  I can because I've learned how important it is to be able to pause and bring Him into every situation.

I read His Word expecting God to speak to my heart through it, in relevance to my life. I pray the promises He reveals in His Word with great confidence, knowing that Heaven and earth will move because God is faithful! These three verses from God produce great confidence and intimacy. 1 John 5:13-15 (NLT) "I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may KNOW you have eternal life. And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for." 

Like anyone, I can have those moments where I want to experience intimacy with God but my mind is too preoccupied with the all that is going on around me. In those moments, I can feel like I am talking to myself more than it feeling like special time with God. I want to feel that intimacy but for whatever reason I don't. Years ago as a younger Christian, I might have panicked and thought, What’s wrong? Why am I not feeling God’s presence in the same way. Did I do something wrong? God are you mad at me? Am I out of God’s will? and on and on. Now I know better. God never leaves me. He never forsakes me. To the contrary, His word teaches me, “Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.” (James 4:8)
When we purposely draw near to God with the hopes of Him drawing near to and speaking to us, we have to remember the primary way God speaks to us. He primarily speaks to us through His Word. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread…” He was not teaching them to pray for food or provision. He was teaching them to meditate on the scriptures—His Word, and listen for the Word of God to speak to their hearts each and every day. Why? Because we need help, direction, correction, peace, and a power boost in our life every day. That is what the Word of God is to us! Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) says, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Spending time in the Word gives God place to bring His Word to your remembrance through His Holy Spirit. It is through His Word rising up in your heart, that those special and intimate times come.

So, even when I am in the grinding-it-out times during busy periods in my life, I may or may not feel the goosebumps or special moments I'd love to sense when I am spending time with God. But, I have no doubt that the Lord is with me, that He hears every word, and that He appreciates that I live by faith and not by feelings in good times and bad. He never changes and I cannot let feelings dictate my faith. I let faith dictate my feelings.  And so, as I did today, I will continue to sing to Him, pray, and meditate on God's word and His great love for me and each of you as I pray for us all.  Spending time with God is special whether if "feels" intimate or not and whether I get goosebumps or not. It's simply great to spend time with the Lord!

Psalm 73:28 “But as for me, how good it is to draw near to God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things He does.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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