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Friday, February 23, 2018

And Act of Kindness and Prayer That Won't Be Forgotten / And an Update!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Around the days leading up to the Superbowl in Minneapolis, Minnesota, my good friends Pastors Folu and Tammara Gisanri who worked for me, led a wonderful outreach to the many visitors coming in town. The following article was written by a news anchor that had an encounter with them. I pray it blesses and inspires you. It did me and I love these precious people! 
Here is the testimony directly from Malorie Maddox of WOWT, News Anchor/ Reporter from Omaha, Nebraska. Enjoy! 
For 4 days we were in Minneapolis bringing you the entire experience of the Super Bowl. I was with so many of my co-workers--hard workers, my work "family." On the last day--a few blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium, Nick Bohan and I ran into these wonderful people offering free hot apple cider outside their church. (It was RECORD cold on game day.) We did an interview and they offered us two cups. As we were about to walk away, they asked Nick and I if they could they could pray for us.

This is the first time as a journalist I have ever had this happen. Tammara Gisanri said a prayer wishing us safe travels home. Little did we know, less than 24 hours later we would almost be in a 5-car pile-up on I-35. It is a miracle we did not hit any cars in our news unit. Yes, we were going very slow. Yes, we were able to avoid it. But soon after, 50-70 cars were involved in a pile-up, leaving one dead and more than a dozen injured.

I can't tell you how thankful I am to Tammara for this moment. A reminder of kindness. of strangers looking out for you. Taking a moment to wish you safe travels. I will never forget escaping that crash--and seeing that all of my co-workers managed to get home. I will never forget my son running in the door and screaming, "Mom, I missed you!"

Thank you Tammara and Living Word Christian Center. You may not remember meeting me, but l will always remember what you did for us.


And now, A Review of 2017 From Pastor Tim and Renee.  Please read this. Thank you! 

It's time for an update! 2018 is off to a great start, and it's been a fabulous year already! Renee and I left for a mission trip to Peru on New Years Eve 2017.  We reunited in Lima with our daughter and family who are pastors and missionaries in Peru. They work for the most wonderful church, Camino De Vida, and I was able to minister at three of their services. Renee and I were also able to connect with an orphanage for severely disabled children, who because of the severity of their physical problems are never adopted. We brought many supplies and resources to help support the orphanage and missionaries there.  It was a shorter trip for me than for Renee, because I had to be back for obligations at home. She continued to stay in Lima to be a blessing for an extra week.  When Renee and I talked about the trip afterwards, we felt like we had an army of people praying, because it was the most seamless and fruitful trip! Thanks to each of you who were praying and to those who donate to our efforts. Your rewards are eternal!

Renee and I have now entered our first full year of not being on staff at a church.  We resigned last May 31, after 35 years in ministry, to focus on our growing and expanding ministry to the world. We are using all we know and have learned over the years to reach the world with the gospel and love of Jesus Christ. We are seeing incredible fruit daily in our efforts. People write me every single day about how Fresh Manna and my Tweets (on Twitter) teach them about Jesus and God's Word, and how it has led them to the Lord or changed their life. I've been writing Fresh Manna since the year 2000. There were readers from three more countries this year, now making it having been read in 217 countries. I was followed on Twitter by over 25,000 more people in 2017, with now over 170,000 followers. Through Twitter and Fresh Manna, our efforts on average reach between 3 to 6 million people a day with the love and encouragement of God's word.

We don't take any salary from this ministry. Every penny is used for ministering the gospel in churches and conferences, online and on the mission field, aiding missionaries, and for reaching and ministering to the impoverished in third world countries! I'll be adding more information shortly about our efforts reaching India and Africa. We thank you for being a part. This is your fruit also!

This is a very short overview of what we are doing though this ministry, and we cannot thank you enough for your prayers and donations.  We praise God for what the Lord is doing through the two of us, and through all of you through your help. God bless you. We pray for you daily!

Proverbs 19:17  “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”

In His Love, 

Pastor Tim Burt
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

God's Power To Be Free From Addiction and Sin!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Every human being was created with the desire to experience change. People desire it and are afraid of it at the same time. One of the biggest fears of change is the fear of the inability to successfully make changes. The universal change that the spirit of all men yearn and cry out for, even though all do not recognize it, is to be reconciled to God by receiving the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

From there, the ongoing desire for change every Christian experiences is to become Christ-like. The pursuit of becoming like Jesusto conform our character, our heart and our purpose to Hisis a lifelong quest but one that always stirs continuing desire for good and godly change. This is good and it is from God!

The other ongoing inward desire for change that every person yearns for is to participate in the supernatural. I'm not kidding. Why do you think people love to read and watch media about superheroes so much?  We are made in the image of God and God IS supernatural! This desire is within every human being whether it's understood or not. You can see this truth as clear as day in 2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV, "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVINE NATURE and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."

Escaping the evil desires that are in this world is only possible by participating in the divine naturein the supernaturalthrough faith. Why do the people in this world spend hundreds of billions of dollars dealing with weight loss, chemical addiction, gambling addiction, sexual addiction and on and on? Because they are unable to control themselves in these areas. Satan has power over those in this world that have not surrendered their lives to God through Jesus Christ.

I read a report that said that 95 percent of all overweight people who lose weight, gain it back. Other studies show that between 65 to 75 percent of criminals released from jail are arrested again. Studies show that most people with addictions are tormented by them all their life. Why is that? Because without God, the power to completely change doesn't happen. With God 2 Corinthians 5:17 becomes true! "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, ALL things have become new."  In Christ, you become a new person with the grace and power of God to help you become Christ-like!

Outside of Christ a person remains in Satan's grip and power. God wants to rescue them from Satan's power and his clutches and that keeps them powerless to make lasting change. Colossians 1:13 (TLB) addresses this saying; "For he has rescued us out of the darkness and gloom of Satan’s kingdom and brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son." 

When someone just can't stop doing what they know is wrong or that they should change, the Bible says they are caught in Satan's power in what is called a stronghold. That could best understood as a wrong desire that we just can’t seem to get control over or break free from. There are negative desires that have power over people. These negative desires or strongholds are broken only with God's power.

You may say, "But Pastor Tim, I know people who have gone to groups and overcome these addictions." They may have gotten some control over their flesh but the desire and the battle over the desires almost always remains within them. They often feel like they are living with a tormenting demon. This is why alcoholics always consider themselves alcoholics. This why alcoholics, sex offenders, criminals, liars, and law-breakers repeat their offences over and over again. This is why those outside of God repeat their sins over and over again.

 Through Christ, that isn't true. We have the power to change! This is why 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIVsays,  “And we... are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”  Only through the supernatural help of God can wrong desires be removed and replaced with good desires. That is a continuing change that everyone desires. No wonder our spirit yearns for the supernatural help of God.

Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) That must become your conscience daily reality. Because it is, you then continuously lean upon the Lord for help in everything. Because you do, you will immediately begin to draw His supernatural strength and grace (His supernatural help.)

How do we begin to lean on God and draw that strength? By learning to know what God says about you and making it a part of your new foundation in Christ. Philippians 4:5 KJV says, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”   God wouldn't tell us to be something we couldn't! If God instructs us to be moderate, then with the help of His grace, we can! If you’ve shown behavior other than moderation it’s time to say, I am not an addict or a slave to anything. God says I am to show moderationthat means I can! I am moderate in Jesus name. Think that in your heart and speak that out your mouth in every situation until you see change begin to take root in you.

That verse finishes “The Lord is at hand.” What does that mean? The picture it paints in its original Greek form is that there is a hand to grasp your hand as one giving aid and strength. That is the supernatural power of God. If you apply your faith and walk it out, you will see God there to help you. Apply this to any scripture that speaks of what you should change toward. Then receive God's grace and “…walk in God’s divine nature and escape the corruption in this world caused by evil desires!” As you do, your light for Jesus will become ever increasingly evident to all! Change is good! Go for it!

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT) "And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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