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Friday, February 24, 2017

There is Joy Ahead For Those That Trust God



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by Pastor Tim Burt

About six years ago, our daughter, her husband, and our two granddaughters who lived next door to us, made the decision to become missionaries to Peru. It was so wonderful to see them make such a sacrificial life-choice for the Lord, but the thought of not seeing them every day ripped our hearts out. I could barely talk about if for over a year without tearing up. The season of life with them leading up to this day had been awesome. They were over to our house daily and we enjoyed their love and smiles continuously. And it would quickly come to an end as we knew it. This happens in life. We go through seasons—good and bad, that come to an end and lead toward another.  I think most people, even non-bible readers are familiar with the words from Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV) that says, "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven..." 

No one is excluded from the experience of change. Changes happen that are predictable and changes happen that are unpredictable. Some feel wonderful and others are painful beyond words. For that reason, when you are in a good season of life, it's important to appreciate what you have, knowing that at some point, it will change. Hug your children because they will grow up. Love your youth because you will grow old. Love your great job because something about it will change. Love every blessing that God that has given and be thankful.  Ephesians 5:20 (TLB) "Always give thanks for everything to our God and Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."  When something good changes that creates pain in the moment, know that though it might have taken you by surprise, it did not take God by surprise. God has blessing planned ahead and a new season of joy for you. Let God move your forward. Let God heal your heart with time. And trust Him for the good yet to come! It does when you trust and lean on Him.  Psalm 112:4 (NLT) "Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous."


The following was from my wife's journal regarding those days...

A week ago, my daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters finished packing up the house they’d lived in for the past five years. They had heard a call in their heart to become missionaries in Peru, and the time had finally arrived for them to leave. I wish I could tell you that I was this noble, self-sacrificing mom, who only thought about all the good that they would be able to do on the mission field. Frankly, I asked God, with all due respect, if He could pick someone else’s children to send…you know, kids who had a mom who would blog about how honored and thrilled she was that her kids were chosen to follow such a beautiful path in life.

It wasn’t that I wasn’t proud of them…I was. And it wasn’t that I wasn’t supportive of them…I was. I just loved having them live next door…for a lot of reasons. One reason being this. Each morning, when I’d head into the kitchen to turn on the coffee maker, I’d glance through my kitchen window, which happened to face one of their bedroom windows. And on some of those mornings, I would see the adorable faces of one of my granddaughters peering out that window!

Well, the first morning after they had left, I was once again at the kitchen sink…looking into that very empty window. My heart sank, and tears rolled down my face. I considered closing the shade, so I wouldn’t have to ever look into that empty window again. But I didn’t…and one day this week it happened. I didn’t feel the same sadness…because God gently spoke to my heart what He speaks to each of us when there’s an empty place in our life. That He already knew what would be emptied…and He already had a plan…a wonderful plan to fill it with something good! It wasn’t that it would replace what had already been there…it would just re-fill that empty place with more of His goodness …goodness on top of goodness! So now when I see that window? It’s a loving reminder that even though I can’t see it yet, something good is on the way…for me…and for you too!

Jeremiah 29:11 MSG ~ I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

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In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Your Words Matter So Master Them

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by Pastor Tim Burt


We have definitely entered into a new season of time when it comes to cultural behavior. For years, modern society prided itself in leaving unruly barbaric actions and conversations behind, and becoming a more restrained, appropriate speaking and acting culture.  I think most people today would agree with me that we've gone backwards. Maybe social media giving everyone a more public voice they never had is a part of that. Definitely hiding behind fake names so that people can say and do whatever they want in social media, is created a boldness for letting it all fly!  I have said and written for some time, that culture was not to define Christianity or how God wants us to live, but that we as Christians, were to a restraining force on culture, beginning with ourselves!

I don't know anyone whose tongue hasn't gotten them in trouble at some point in life. Mine sure has. I used to think my tongue was uncontrollable until the Bible taught me differently. I learned that God wants me to learn to control it with the help of the Holy Spirit. 

James 3:8-10 NIV instructs us of a profound truth. "… no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison..."

James 3:3-6 NIV tells us more about this untameable thing. It says, "When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell." "...No man can tame the tongue."

If the tongue is this unruly, then what can we do? The first step is to recognize this truth and come to grips with it. You can't fix your tongue yourself. That includes you and I. God is not lying when He says "...NO MAN can tame the tongue."  At the same time we have to realize that God is not setting us up to fail. The answer in taming the tongue is recognizing that only with the help of the Holy Spirit, can you tame the tongue. The Holy Spirit will help you tame your tongue through a number of ways. I'll only go into one of them today.

Proverbs 18:21 NIV says, "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."  The Word from God says that WE WILL EAT from the fruit of our Words. You will experience the consequences of your words—good or bad.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you hear the destructive words or phrases you that spill from your mouth so easily.  He is never going to change! I'm stuck with this situation and there is nothing I can do about it. Or, Nothing goes my way. Or, I'm never going to find the right man to build a life with. There just isn't any good men out there. Words like this reveal that this is your thinking and this is your heart’s faith—or lack of it! You pray for one thing but turn around and say the opposite is going to happen! I guess there is zero faith in your words or your heart!

What is in your heart comes out your mouth through that uncontrollable creature called the tongue. The words you speak are containers of power that spill from you and either bless or contaminate your world. And they even influence your health. Proverbs 12:18 NIV “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Your words affect everything and because they do, we need to guard our hearts by speaking right words. Proverbs 4:23 NIV says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Again, that is true whether you believe it or not! Your mouth is the barometer of your heart. And an indicator of what your faith and body is going to experience.

Don’t destroy your life and don’t destroy others. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand the power of Words. Then listen to what you say. You will become dependent upon the Lord for what it takes to change your words and controlling that little creature called the tongue. When you lean on Him, you will sense His grace and help in restraining your tongue and feel great for it! Walking down this road will result in an absolute transformation of life and path to greater blessing!

Proverbs 15:4 (NIV) "The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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