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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

One of Your Callings: Sharpening Your Friends!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One weekend my son Peter called me. He wanted to go golfing. He wanted to play at a golf course that would be close to the last choice on my list. I dislike the course because when I was a young and a very poor golfer, this tough course of many trees, sand traps, and ponds, made a fool out of me. I probably hadn’t played there in 15 years and wasn’t excited about giving it another chance. Peter used his persuasive efforts and I caved in and said Yes.  We golfed with two of his other friends.

I have improved in my golf game over the years, but confess that I had some very negative expectations concerning this course. (That is a poor testimony for a supposed man of faith. Sorry about that!) The first hole went poorly. I continued to play shaky for the next two holes. His friends must have wondered if I really did know how to golf. As I got in the golf cart after the third hole, I shook my head, looked at Peter and said, I hate this course. He looked back at me and laughed.

Okay Dad, said Pete, I am going to now teach you what you teach me all the time. What you say is important! Now repeat after me. I love this course. It made me laugh. He was relentless until I spoke the words. I forced out them out. I love this course. He said, Come on Dad, say it again with passion behind it. I stepped it up and said louder, I really love this course. We both laughed. Now, he said, I want you to keep saying it. This is what you’ve taught me all my life. It’s fair that I get to coach you to speak right. I laughed again and said, You are absolutely right and I appreciate it! (Funny thing was, my game improved. Imagine that!)

It's a great day when your kids preach back to you what you've taught them. And it is also the principle of Iron Sharpening Iron. 

Proverbs 27:17 NKJV says, “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” My adult son was now also becoming the friend who was sharpening me!

We all get the part of “iron sharpens iron.” The wisdom of this verse continues saying, “So a man sharpens the countenance of a friend.” If you meditate on these words, you begin to see that God has called you to have friends. This doesn’t just mean buddies that you hang with. It can mean family or people who you have reoccurring relationships such as in the workplace or a Bible study.

Then along with that friendship comes a calling. "As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” The calling is to sharpen the countenance of that friend. In the Hebrew, the definition for countenance implies, the emotional reflection of the heart, on the face. I realize that many people put on a game face most of the time. But when they get to talking with a friend and get real, it doesn’t take too long before the countenance of the heart begins to show through.


Again, God gives us a calling in friendship, and that is “to sharpen the countenance of a friend.” What that really means is to bring hope―godly hope to their situation. It’s not when they say, The economy is really bad and my business is tanking and you say, It’s bound to get better at some point. That in all likelihood will not change their countenance. It’s when you bring the promise and anointing of God to their situation that changes their life. Hey, God's Word says in Psalm 46:1 (NKJV) "God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble." Let me pray for you right now! 

I have daily opportunities to sharpen the countenance of a friend and so do you! I do this often and as I bring sincere encouragement and prayer from God's word, I see their countenance change from desperation and hopelessness, to hope and faith! This is releasing the power of God through you and sharpening the countenance of your friend!

When you speak to your spouse or friend, are you communicating destructive words, meaningless or worthless words, or are you imparting words of faith and promise and words of power and anointing from God’s Word? It’s what you are called to do! Sharpen a friend today!

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT) "So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. "

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 23, 2016

God's Plan For Marriage: Love, Purpose, and Power

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Oh the power of two! If husbands and wives only realized that there is strength that God makes available when two people join together in unity in His will. The potential is so great!

When God made man, he did leave Adam to be alone to himself. Genesis 2:18 RSV reveals, “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper fit for him.” From that very moment, there was greater power available to Adam and Eve together than to either of them on their own.They were able to work together, have children together, and manage and rule their lives according to the plan of God together. God called this having dominion. They weren't domestic partners. God had created something called marriage and it was between a man and a woman. In the garden from the very beginning, Adam said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his WIFE, and they will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24 NKJV) Adam said something that he had never actually experienced. This was a truth taught to Adam by God. How do I know? Because Adam had no father or mother. He had zero experiential level of marriage and family. He was created by God and God had taught him what marriage was and marriage was about. God is the author of Marriage and He knows His intent for it. He imparted this truth to Adam.

Eve became His wife in the garden. They moved over from being two individuals each capable of accomplishing good things, to a husband and wife that would become one flesh―one in spirit and purpose.

What does that mean, “One flesh?” It means two people joined together by God as covenant partners with God, working together toward a life that reflects God’s love, His will, and His purposes in the earth. Upon marrying, they begin to shed portions of their individuality in order to adapt to each other to become a team that loves and respects and honors each other. Marriage helped them adapt from selfish to selfless―esteeming each other and each other's needs. God would teach them how to each give respect and honor to each others gifting, ability, and instincts that would benefit their lives, their marriage, and their children.

God created marriage because, by His design, two are better than one. I love how he says that in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT, "Two are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken." A husband and wife and Jesus make up that three-braided cord that is not easily broken and that is what God wants for marriage.

When a husband and wife will walk in unity, great power becomes available to them. Matthew 18:19 NLT says, “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you."  What a powerful force that is! Can you see why the devil would work to keep couple in strife? Can you see why he'd try to stir up the warfare that would keep them from sitting down and praying together? If Renee and I have been consistent in any area of our lives, it's been in praying together. That time may be a few minutes or it may be longer but we pray about everything together. And we've seen a lifetime of answered prayers that we think so many people could experience but don't! And for no good reason!


There is no power on this earth as threatening to Satan as a marriage and family that knows, loves, and lives for God and that prays His will in agreement! Not only will they be blessed. They will see more answered prayers than anyone and they will influence others toward God while eroding Satan’s efforts.

Remember that great and very real benefits come from a unified marriage that continuously drops its bucket in the well of prayer. That's when they discover that one plus one equals power! As it is written,  “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.  Matthew 18:19 (NLT) 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Twelve Things I Absolutely Love About Church!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Twelve Things I Absolutely Love About Church! By Tim Burt

Receiving Jesus Christ as Your Lord is what makes you a part of the church of Jesus Christ. There is no greater love that the love that Jesus has for the church. The Bible says that Jesus is the head of the church and that you have become a part of His body!  And to understand just how much He loves us―the church, he compares His love for her to the relationship of a man and woman at marriage in Ephesians 5:25-27 (NKJV) "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish." 

Christians are the church and God loves when we assemble together because He can move in our midst and in a special way, in our hearts through the ministry of the word and the fellowship of His people, when we do. And as the world gets darker through sin and confusion, it becomes even more critical to come together to be taught, matured, healed, and refreshed in Him! We see that in Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV) "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." 

And so, this is my: Twelve Things I Absolutely Love About Church!
  1. I love learning God’s Word
  2. I love to worship the Lord with others who love Him
  3. I love the presence of God
  4. I love meeting new people who are hungry to know God
  5. I love God’s people
  6. I love hearing testimonies of how God directed lives to Jesus
  7. I love to see children learning about the love of God
  8. I love to see people give their life to Jesus Christ
  9. I love watching hearts lifted as the Holy Spirit speaks to them
  10. I love watching people grow up and mature in the Lord
  11. I love to see people’s gifting in action as they serve God
  12. I love to see lives transformed by the power of God’s Word

Coming together as the church is just a part of God's divine plan, protection, and help for us in life. If you don't have a church you love that teaches you that Jesus paid the price for your sin, and that sin is a gift from Jesus, that we could never earn, then pray and ask God to help you find one. Powerful life-changing things happen in church that will help you live your life outside the church building to bring glory to Him!

Ephesians 4:10-16 (NLT) "And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself. Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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