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Monday, December 29, 2008

Undermine Poopieness with Goodness!


Fresh Manna 2008© by Pastor Tim Burt

“Do you think you will go to Heaven when you die?” That is a question that most people think about at some point of their life. The most common answer given in various forms is, “Yes I think I’ll get into Heaven because I’ve tried to be a good person.” And then the list of good things and qualifications they have done spills like words on a glowing resume’.

What qualifies someone to be called a "good person?" After all Jesus said to someone who had called Him good - "Why do you call me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments." (Matthew 19:17) What was Jesus saying? Was He calling himself bad - that even He didn't qualify as good? No, not at all. He was qualifying that He was God come in the flesh. He was also leading this man to truth - that all mankind has failed in their ability to be good. Romans 3:23 says,”For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard.”

He was also showing this man how to resolve this problem - "but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments." Jesus was saying that the way to resolve this issue of "there is none good" - was to receive Jesus personally as Savior. When that happened, he would be washed from sin and covered in Jesus’ righteousness – that which makes us “white as snow” in God’s eyes. And he’d then have the Holy Spirit to teach him within his heart, all of God’s ways and strengthen him in spirit to "keep the commandments" - or keep God's ways. The bottom line – God wants us to make the effort to “be good” by obeying His ways, but in our shortfall, His gift of righteousness makes up for our shortfall and failures in our efforts.

When we understand this and take these steps and yield ourselves to God - then goodness can grow within us like a nurtured plant grows and produces fruit. This is the foundation of and the beginning of the road to goodness.

God wants us to be energetic in our pursuit of goodness because it is one of God’s ingredients that make this world a richer place to live. But don’t worry; like I did yesterday, you will blow it. Instead of goodness – poopieness will surface on occasion. Don’t let it discourage you. Ask God to forgive you. Realize that true goodness comes only through the help of God. Be energetic to make things right, to get things right, and to let people be touched by the goodness of God working through you!

Titus 2:11 (Message Bible) God's readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation's available for everyone! We're being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Don't Think!

By Renee Burt

Have you ever lain awake at night, wondering about what the future holds? That can be a wonderful way to spend some sleepless hours if what you’re wondering about what looks hopeful, exciting and promising. But what about those times when that wondering could be more accurately described as worrying. It could be for any number of reasons. Maybe the doctor has given you a questionable report about your health…or maybe your company is downsizing and your job (or your spouse’s or child’s) seems less than secure…or maybe you’re in a relationship that has been rocky lately…or maybe you’ve got a difficult decision to make that will potentially alter your life for the good or bad, depending on what you decide. And so your thoughts have been swirling around in your mind, leaving you angst-ridden and worn out. Well, here’s a simple piece of advice for you this morning if that’s you…don’t think! It’s a two word sentence I’ve repeated to myself countless times over the past few years, since the Lord led me to teach a message on it one time. Don’t think! Does that mean you walk around in a mindless stupor? No, it means to get out of your head and slip on over into your heart, where you know that despite what it looks like, God has a plan for your life…so quit thinking so much, and start trusting Him to work it all out! He knows what He’s doing…and you don’t ever have to wonder or worry about that!

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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Monday, December 22, 2008

I Was Stuck But I’m Not Now!

Fresh Manna 2008© by Pastor Tim Burt

I Was Stuck But I’m Not Now! By Pastor Tim Burt


There was this funny Christmas movie I’ve watched a few times over the years. I think it’s called “The Christmas Story.” It always made me laugh but especially the scene where the boy puts his tongue on a steel pole and it freezes to it. It is so funny to me because I did that exact thing at that age. I was outside on the playground with my buddies just before the bell rang for recess to be over. My buddies were double daring me to put my tongue on the pole. I did and it stuck instantly. The bell rang and they left me there. It was freezing cold and I was afraid if I pulled my tongue from the pole, all the skin would come off. I finally did and only a little skin came off.

While I was standing there stuck to the pole I felt so stuck, so helpless, and so panicky. I know its how a lot of people feel right now with the economic woes that are going on. I’ve talked to people who feel paralyzed. Their circumstances scream trouble and they don’t know what to do. It seems no matter what move they make there is going to be pain.

I just want to remind us all that it’s Christmas. God has done a wonderful thing which we take the time to reflect on each year. The world was in a mess at the time Jesus came. The salvation of the world and mankind’s souls were fractured and lost. Yet God hadn’t abandoned His creation. God sent Jesus into this world to bring us eternal life and to give us a new life in Him. He also said He’d continue to be intimately involved in our lives if only we would trust and believe. The greatest miracle this world would ever receive was Jesus and it is the door to all others. Let all of Christmas steer your thinking in this direction. No matter how impossible your situation is, it is a situation that God cares about because God cares about you! He loves you. Jesus paved the way for your relationship to be reconciled and He paved the way for your miracle and His intimate help in your life. Only believe. You are not stuck – to a pole or to your situation! Only believe.

Mark 9:23 (The Message) “Jesus said, "If? There are no 'ifs' among believers. Anything can happen."

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Friday, December 19, 2008

At a Loss for Words?

By Renee Burt

Recently, I’ve been in a number of conversations with people…difficult conversations…where they’re asking questions, and hoping for some kind of counsel or answer to help guide them through the difficult situation they’re in. At times like those, I can feel the angst rising up in me, because I really don’t know what to say. Because oftentimes, I haven’t lived through those circumstances, so I can only imagine what they’re facing…and there’s no answer in my bag of life’s experiences to draw from. Thankfully, at those times, I’ve learned to quiet my mind down and ask the Lord to give me His words to help this person. Sometimes He’ll remind me of a verse from His Word to share with them. Other times, He’ll help me direct them to someone else who I know can give them practical answers and counsel. Other times, He’ll simply give me words of encouragement for them and just the right words to pray with them. I’m always amazed what comes out of my mouth when I trust HIM to help me at those times! Thankfully, no matter how difficult the conversation, He is never at a loss for words…and if we’ll trust Him, He’ll make sure we aren’t either!

Jeremiah 1:9 MSG ~ God reached out, touched my mouth, and said, “Look! I’ve just put my words in your mouth – hand delivered!”

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Working Out Your Inside World!

By Renee Burt

When I began working out regularly about a year and a half ago, I was surprised to find out just what a significant difference it made in the way I felt physically. I still didn’t love to exercise, and to be frank, I’m not sure if I ever will. But what I do love is the strength and stamina it’s given me. But I’m not just a body…and neither are you. And I’ve found that the very same principle of exercise that works for my body works for my mind and heart. Because there are times just about every day when my mind wants to “do its own thing!” It takes discipline to think nice thoughts about someone who has hurt my feelings, or to not let my thoughts become fearful over difficult situations, or to not let my thoughts get sad over disappointments. And then there’s my heart! It doesn’t always want to do what’s right, even though I desperately love God! Come on, you know what I mean without my having to lay it out for you! So what do I do? I’ve learned to apply the same principles to my mind and heart that I do with my body, because I know what a difference it will make. I discipline them both and tell them what they ARE going to do. God can’t do that for me or for you. You’ve got to get tough with yourself…and when you do? You’ll have the strength and stamina it takes to deal with the difficult circumstances of life we all face…and instead of those troubles clouding your vision and robbing you of your peace and joy…your vision will be filled up with our big God who makes a way when there is no way, who takes the impossible and makes it possible, who has more than enough to supply our EVERY need! And when we get it right with our inside world – our mind and heart? We’ll see Him taking care of our outside world!

Matthew 5:8 MSG ~ You're blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Embraced by Him...


By Renee Burt

Personally, I wish there were never, ever times when I felt at the end of my rope…but in reality, there have more than enough of those times in my life. I also wish there had never been those times when I’ve felt like I lost what is most dear to me. I’m sure if you stop for a minute to reflect on your life, either past or present, you could probably identify more of those times than you care to remember. Those times are painful, and if we’re not careful, they are prime opportunities to feel discouraged, thinking that God has forgotten about us…or to feel anger at Him, feeling like He has let us down. Certainly, the last thing you’d probably say is that you’re blessed! So how could Jesus say that to His followers then…and to us, His followers today? Because it’s not that the blessing is being at the end of the rope or in the losing of what is most dear to you. The blessing that is that in those times when we might feel utterly abandoned and alone, we have Someone who is right there ready to embrace us and to help turn our situation around. And it’s not just anyone…it’s the God of the universe, who is love Himself, and who is more than able and willing to show us out of any dead-end situation. He wants to be more in our lives…to show us how much He loves us…to embrace us…to help us…to be the One most dear to us. So if you’re at the end of your rope, just let go and let yourself free-fall into the wonderful arms of our God!

Matthew 5:3-4 MSG ~ You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. "You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Need a Washcloth?

By Renee Burt

Have you ever passionately believed something? Maybe you think you’re right, and no one is going to convince you otherwise. Well, passion is good…and settling on what you believe is also good. That is, unless that passion becomes so all consuming and your personal convictions become so strong, they cause you to become critical of those who don’t share your same passion or convictions. The truth is that we’re not all going to see eye-to-eye on everything concerning our faith or our life…whether it be our interpretation of a verse, or our opinions of what our pastor or boss or supervisor should or shouldn’t be doing, or our take on how to conduct our marriage or raise our children, or our passion about what things should matter most in life. And that’s okay! IF you let those things drive YOU towards God’s will for your own life…and you don’t let them drive a wedge between you and other people, who may not share your same passion or convictions. Jesus talked about a “critical spirit” in His first recorded sermon…the Sermon on the Mount. It was hugely important to Him that we not fall into the trap of becoming critical with one another. And He didn’t just preach about it…He lived it out in His own life, even though His teachings were flying in the face of the religion scholars of His day. The Bible says that “he was living everything he was saying.” So what are you saying…and more importantly, what are you living? He’s offering us a washcloth this morning to clean ourselves if we’ve been critical. I’ve already been doing some scrubbing with mine…want to join me, after you first look in the mirror of God’s Word for yourself?

Matthew 7:1-5, 28-29 MSG ~ Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It's easy to see a smudge on your neighbor's face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, 'Let me wash your face for you,' when your own face is distorted by contempt? It's this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor…When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this. It was apparent that he was living everything he was saying—quite a contrast to their religion teachers! This was the best teaching they had ever heard.


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