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Friday, July 21, 2017

What All Societies Need: A Moral Foundation

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by Pastor Tim Burt


On August 6, 2012, a 19-year-old man, Kirani James win Grenada's first medal in Olympic history, winning the gold medal in the men's 400 meter event. This fine young man had represented his country in more than just sports and track. He had shown Olympian character throughout everything he had done. I am not putting him on a pedestal that no person can live up to. That place is for Jesus alone. But I am always appreciative of those have obtained the stature of role models and actually are a great one for any person to view and learn from. We need them more than ever in this dark world.

In contrast to this, the world's media—television, movies, and every form of media that is now at the finger tips of an ever-increasing number of people in this world, is getting darker and darker with each year that passes. Every year television and media try to redefine what normal is in this world. Many of the cable networks have had a profanity free-for-all because of leeway given them through a recent judicial rulings. Congresspeople and Senators doing little to nothing about it because too few people speak out regarding it.

Almost all television and movie networks have made homosexuality the norm. They and the celebrities are the leading influence upon the world in areas like this and have made anyone that disagrees with them "a hater." The government has made laws prosecuting anyone who disagrees with homosexuality as normal and okay. The move is now on to get the Bible out of every from of government and education system. The long term goal is to delegitimize the Bible with some leading the charge that its a book of hatred and not love—that and rewriting it with new interpretation. Trust me, the illegitimate prophets of these efforts will appear more and more in the days and years to come.
The fact is, more than ever, we are in a day where evil is called good and good evil. In saying that, I am not calling a person, a people group, or a culture of people, evil. I am calling the activities and behaviors that are contrary to God’s word evil. That would include anything that I or anyone else might do that would be inappropriate. There is no such thing as acceptable sin of any kind!

Jesus died for us so that we could be forgiven of our sins. If we love Him and live to walk after His ways, His Word, and the leading of His Spirit, that is what He asks of us. Will we ever fail in the process? Of course we will! That is why we need the help of the Holy Spirit daily! Only Jesus' mercy and grace pave the way for any of us to obtain Heaven's residence. Only the leading of His Spirit and the instruction of His Word help us stay on His path in this life. But forgiveness of sin and His great mercy and grace does not create an acceptance for what God has described as sin. Sin is never okay! It's not about making God angry. God is love and is full of love—not anger. He is trying to lovingly draw us into His ways. He is not throwing lightning bolts at us or killing us with car accidents, cancer and disease, or nature. That is what the corruption of sin that has defiled this world does. It surrounds us all, and it's greed, lewdness, and lust affect and steal from our lives!

God is reaching the hearts of all mankind in countless ways—all from a heart of mercy and goodness—not judgement. When His goodness and blessings touch our life, they make us thankful. Romans 2:4 says, "... that the goodness of God leads you to repentance." This world was never created by God for the functioning of sin. Sin is a curse. It steals from us and destroys lives. It takes society everywhere it does not want to go!

We are now living in a time where the general population is calling evil good and good evil. This is not a new thing but it is a dangerous thing. Every society that has embraced sin and made it it's norm instead of seeking God's instructions for righteous living, has collapsed at one time or another. No society is immune from the effects of embracing sin. There were times when God would warn His people when they got off track. They would get caught up in the cultures of the world around them and stray from the way God intended for them to live. They would pull further and further from the Lord and before long, they would begin to call what was considered evil by God, good, and what was considered good by God, evil. God warned them of making this mistake. Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness or light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."

Today, I want you simply to understand this: God’s will and instruction for how societies and culture are to live are given only to us through God’s word. His word and ways will never change. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” What God considers evil will always stay evil. What God considers good will always remain good. Do not tolerate evil in your life. Pursue good with all your heart.

In life's quest, be sure that you look for the good in people and love them for the good you find. At the same time, in loving people, do not build a tolerance for evil behaviors out of those relationships. That can and does happen when you love people. That is why God says we must be equally yoked. Oppose evil so it will not consume you. Oppose it by being honest about what is right and wrong, but not being judgmental. You can be honest when asked and still show the love of God. You may be persecuted, but Jesus warned us of that. Be a light to a dark world.  And don't accept sinful or wrong behaviors or attitudes in your own life! As we see them, we must be honest with God and expose them by confessing them to Him and asking for His forgiveness and grace to change. That is all any of us can do. Oppose evil because God hates evil and the destruction it permeates on mankind. Be vocal and call evil what it is—even in the midst of persecution. Don't attack people because most every person has good that they do and evil that they succumb to. But oppose evil behavior and resist it in your life and in societies laws and culture. Do what you can to prevent it from ever become the normal!

Proverbs 16:12 (MSG) "Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

God's Life-Transforming Power Working in You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was a boy, I was curious as are most boys are. I stuck my sister’s bobby pin into an electrical socket to see what would happen. By the grace of God, it only knocked my on my butt. I learned how powerful electricity was.

When I was a young man, I was body surfing in the ocean and got caught and pulled in an undertow that almost drowned me. By the grace of God, while I was in the moment, I suddenly remembered something someone told me to do if that situation ever happened. I did it and got out of the undertow and barely made it back to shore. I learned how powerful the waves of the ocean were.

When I was 24 years old, I learned how powerful God's word was! I was heading down a path of destruction. I had become an alcoholic and drug addict. I had only had one dry day (where I wasn’t drunk or high) in four years. Someone showed me from the Word of God that Jesus saved me from my sins and I could experience that forgiveness if I would receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior. I did. My sins were forgiven. The Holy Spirit came to indwell in me and my life began to change immediately. A very short time later I heard a Pastor preaching from God’s Word about how we are the temple of God’s Holy Spirit and that we were not to pollute it. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 NIV says, “Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” Prior to that I had never read a Bible and didn’t know what God wanted me to do. When I saw these words, they went off in me like a siren. I went home, dumped my drugs and booze in the toilet and never used either again. That was 40 years ago. God had completely removed the desire from me. From that day on, I only wanted to love and please God. It was that day I learned just how powerful the Word of God was. It could change the entire direction of my life and did!

The Word of God is powerful! Hebrews 4:12 NKJV says, “For the word of God is quick (meaning alive) and powerful (meaning active and effective) and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” This meaning that God’s Word cuts through our self deceits, our rationalizing, and through the myths and lies we grew up believing. It gets us to God’s truth!
His powerful Word tells us that He knew and loved and planned to redeem us from this fallen world before He even made the world we know. He wouldn’t control us but He would work to influence our heart and reach us with the knowledge of His love and lead us in paths of blessing. If you look back in your life, you can see places where God has saved your life and protected you. He wants you to know His will and that He wants you as His child. You can see all this in these verses in Ephesians 1:4-5 (NLT.) “Long ago, even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure.”

His powerful Word also reveals that from the beginning, He wanted to show us how to live our lives so that we would be blessed and protected from the corruption that is in this world. He would be our Father. He would give us His Word to live by. And He would bless us. That would make us stand out to the rest of the world and cause them to pay attention and desire our blessing. Does that seem too good to be true? It’s not! You see it here in Deuteronomy 28:10 (NLT,) ”Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you.”  God's promise started with Abraham and his seed—the Jews, and then through Jesus Christ, became His will for us also as seen here in Galatians 3:29 (NLT,) "And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you." That’s powerful!

This verse is saying that the blessing God promised Abraham reaches all the way into our life through Jesus Christ today! As you read the following verses, you can see God's desire to bless and empower us. Most people don't think in terms of flocks and sheep today but that's not the point. These blessing have to do with our livelihood. They apply to our livelihood today.

Deuteronomy 28:1-10 (NLT) “If you fully obey the Lord your God by keeping all the commands I am giving you today, the Lord your God will exalt you above all the nations of the world. You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in your towns and in the country. You will be blessed with many children and productive fields. You will be blessed with fertile herds and flocks. You will be blessed with baskets overflowing with fruit, and with kneading bowls filled with bread. You will be blessed wherever you go, both in coming and in going. "The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven! "The Lord will bless everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land He is giving you. "If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in His ways, the Lord will establish you as His Holy people as He solemnly promised to do. Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you.”

Can you see how powerful these words are IF YOU BELIEVE THEM?! First, Jesus must become your personal Lord and Savior. You simply and sincerely ask Jesus from your heart to be your Lord and Savior and to forgive all your sins. The second you do, forgiveness comes, your sins are washed away, and the Holy Spirit comes to live within you. You will begin to see life through God's eyes. Then engage in a life of learning to obey and put God’s Word first place in your life. That is a process that will extent through your entire life! When you blow it, God is still with you! Just ask Him to forgive you and move forward. God’s Holy Spirit is the power to help you. As you read God's Word it will powerfully speak to and transform who you are. Everything about God is good, powerful, and full of blessing and He will lead you through His Word. And that is why He wants us to base our lives on His Powerful Life-changing Word!

Psalms 119:89  "Your Word is eternal O Lord. It stands firm in heaven"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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