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Thursday, December 23, 2010

You Need A Good Laugh! This is Hysterical!

It's Christmas and a time of joy and cheer! Sometimes you just need a good laugh! Proverbs 17:22 says, "A glad and cheerful heart is a good medicine..."

If this doesn't make you laugh, please call 911 and tell them you need help! Enjoy!



Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Straight No Chaser: The 12 Days of Christmas

Feeling Wonderfully Overwhelmed

God Bless You & Merry Christmas from the Burt Family!

Fresh Manna 2010© by Pastor Tim Burt

It was Christmas day 2009. Renee's parents were knocking at the door. The house was decorated and looked beautiful. The food was cooking in the kitchen. Christmas was in the air. The doorbell rang and her parents entered.

As I was helping them come in and take their coats off, suddenly, just like it did the night before at church, it hit me again - that feeling of Christmas spirit. It was this overwhelming feeling of thanks. I was thankful to God for my family - immediate and extended. I was thankful I had a home they could come to to celebrate Christmas in. And for a flash, I was covered with thoughts of the mercy of God. As they were entering into my home, in an instant I thought "Lord, if it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have a life, a family, or a home. Christmas would have still been a holiday that never measured up to the expectation I had every year of my childhood. Lord if it hadn’t been for your mercy and love, I would have killed myself on drugs or alcohol or something stupid. I'd be dead. Instead here I am surrounded by your goodness and all this love.” It was momentary, it was powerful, it was so real, and it was almost overwhelming.

We went up into the kitchen and as I was getting her parents some cider, the first words out of Renee's mom's mouth were, "Where would we be without Jesus?" She then quoted Psa 27:13. "I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living." I looked at her astonished and laughed as I shared those same thoughts I just had as they were entering the house. We stayed in the kitchen for some time eating Christmas treats while praising God for His goodness in our lives.

Romans 1:5 from the Living Bible describes Christmas for me. "And now, through Christ, all the kindness of God has been poured out upon us undeserving sinners, and now He is sending us out around the world to tell all people everywhere the great things God has done for them, so that they too will believe and obey Him.”

2000 years ago when the evening sky illuminated with the angelic host of Heaven and the angel said, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people,” little did we know how intimately that good news would affect our lives. I surely did not know growing up when I heard Linus quoting them watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special. But I do now and I am filled with thanks! Merry Christmas to each of you from Renee and I. We pray you’ll be intimately touched by His love this Christmas!

In His love,
Pastor Tim

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Inner Strength You’ve Been Waiting For

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

As I got out of bed this morning, instantly I could see this person struggling with something in their life – something that they have been thinking about and wanting to get victory over for years. It was like a short flash but I could see it, and then a verse came to mind. Romans 8:11 (NLT) “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, He will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.” As I saw that verse in my heart, the Lord began to speak to me to speak to that person. That person may be you! Here are the thoughts that I believe were from the Lord that may be speaking to you today!

The enemy of your soul is a deceiver and he has worked to deceive you in this way; you have accepted something you are unhappy with yourself about as “unchangeable.” “I’ll never be able to do this.” This is the kind of thing the deceiver says. He works to convince you that setbacks or failures have now become your permanent impossibilities. The disappointment and discouragement from not overcoming has now become an acceptance on your part. But it should not be that way. You have forgotten who you are in Me! You know Me and you love Me. There is no doubt in your mind about that. But, you have forgotten the power of Me within you! So today I will remind you and then I want you to throw out this thinking of “I can’t,” and replace it with “I will!”

When you accepted Jesus as Savior, you received the Spirit of God – the Spirit of Me. As this truth of scripture says, “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, He will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.” Romans 8:11 (NLT) It is my Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead that gives you life. It is my Spirit that takes your carnal thinking mind and natural dying body and brings supernatural life and power to it. That power is the power to know and discern truth and to agree with and execute my will for your life. It is the inward power you desire and need to be able to accomplish my will. It is My power to overcome the weakness of your flesh so that you can make right choices and receive your victory! So, YOU CAN DO THIS! Let those words become your words. Be weary no more! Be defeated no more! Agree with my word and put my words in your mouth. Let them stir the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead that resides within you to a life of power and victory. Today open your heart and begin to walk in this new truth and for you, it will become a new day.

Let these words become yours – as a prayer and profession of your faith. As you do, they will infuse you with a freshness of new determination that will lead you to the first of many victories in your life. Let these words become yours.

“Heavenly Father, today I acknowledge and thank you that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is alive within me. That same power that gave Jesus resurrection life is alive within me. I thank you today that the Spirit of God has raised me from these lies of defeat. My eyes have been opened and my strength renewed. I can align my life, my thoughts, and my body with your word. I do have the strength to overcome. I will begin now to experience that power working in my life, and I will not let words of defeat come out my mouth. I can do this and for your glory, I will. Thank you for that same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, breathing new life into my life today and every day ahead – in Jesus name I pray.”


If this was for you, pray this and say this as often as you need to, to remind yourself of what God has spoken to your heart today.

As my day began today, I saw a sad person who felt defeated in an area of their life - settled into the fact they would always be that way. I now see this person in my heart looking like a completely new person in just months from now – a person who looks new and alive to the world! Congratulations in advance! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

2 Cor. 5:17 (NIV) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 20, 2010

The Joy of Hearing From God!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

If only we could grasp just how much God is in every detail of our lives. I am going to tell you something that is absolutely true and whether you believe it or not. One of the reasons God wants you to learn to meditate on His word daily is because He wants to speak to your heart. He has something He wants to say to you and it’s something you are going to need to hear.

Some people read the Bible out of obligation or duty. They don’t read it realizing that God personalizes His Word and desires it to speak to your heart. Do you realize that God wants to converse with you every day? Do you realize that He uses the scriptures to speak to you? Pray and ask God to help you see what He is saying to you through the scriptures. In time, you will begin to see that they do speak to you and to your day ahead.

The goal of reading scripture is not to see how much you can read. It’s to hear from God - His heart to yours! Romans 15:4 says, “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises.” Isaiah 50:4 says, “The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know what to say to all these weary ones. Morning by morning He awakens me and opens my understanding to His will.” If you paid attention to what that verse just said, then you noticed that He isn’t speaking to you just for your sake. He is speaking to you because there are others who need just what you heard from the Lord. It’s for you and for someone else. I can’t tell you how many times someone was sharing a need that related to the very thing I was meditating on from the Word of God and I was able to respond, “You know, I was just reading from the Word this morning. Let me share what He spoke to my heart with you.”

This morning I was reading in the book of Galatians when a verse stopped me cold. Not because I violated it or any negative reason. I just knew the Lord was trying to speak to me through this verse which said, “If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody.” Galatians 6:3 (NLT)

I stopped and thought about how important it is to help those the Lord is instructing you to help. Sometimes I struggle with that because I am surrounded by so many people with needs, but I have learned from another verse to: “…do what you can, not what you can’t.”

It was interesting, but not a coincidence, that the Lord was speaking to me about that verse today. I called a close friend today to ask him a question and discovered in the call that he was with his wife. She had just gotten out of the hospital after totaling her car in an accident. She was banged up, but all right. He was bringing her home. After I got off the phone, the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “Bring them a meal.” My first thought was, “There is a blizzard happening right now.” My second thought was, “She has definite tastes and probably won’t want what I would bring.” But the Lord reminded me of today’s manna: “If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody.” I called them right back and asked them if I could bring them a meal. They said yes and when I asked what I could bring, they said the very thing I would have brought them. I brought them over the meal and got to pray with them. They were blessed and so was I for obeying the Lord. I was also very glad the Lord spoke that specific word to me this morning or my excuses might have talked me out of doing this in a heavy snowfall.

Hearing from God and obeying Him is probably the most rewarding thing in life one can experience. God helping us and we helping others is usually what is behind His conversation with us. It’s the God life that Jesus made possible!

Psalm 119:103 "How sweet are your words to my taste; they are sweeter than honey."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 17, 2010

The Management of Anger

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Anger is a valid emotion but one that has a boundary and whose line can too easily be crossed. We are instructed in Eph 4:26-27, “In your anger do not sin…” This verse is instructional and insightful. God clearly teaches us that anger in itself is not sin, that it can be carried to the point of sin, and that it can give the devil a foothold. That literally means “giving the devil occupancy – a place to dwell.”

For some people, their anger not only crosses the line of inappropriateness into sinning but they practically invite the devil to sit down at their table and sign a long term lease to live with them. How does that happen?

Anger unrestrained will lead to all kinds of outbursts that will most likely cause regret. People that sin in their anger seldom stay on the issue they are angry over. They often draw past offenses and hurts to the scene. This causes anger to swell. Then begin to mull over these extra offenses which will start to cause internal swelling to the original anger. That can become the early stage of rage which always leads to irrational thinking. Eruption is now brewing below the surface. Unbridled anger or rage leads to irrational thoughts that then lead to thoughts of every kind of evil. James 3:16 says it like this, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”

As words begin to erupt from this anger, they begin to flow like lava and the devil now has a foothold. The words will be destructive and do damage to anyone in its path. In many cases, those words do long term damage that people may never recover from.

God’s wisdom tells us the danger in letting our anger ever cross the boundaries of inappropriateness.

Proverbs 27:4 says, “Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming…”

Prov 14:17 says, “A quick-tempered man does foolish things….”

Prov 21:19 “It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.”

Prov 29:22 “An angry man stirs up dissension (strife), and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.”


Proverbs 22:24 knows anger can affect others even becoming like an infectious disease. It says, “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, and do not associate with one easily angered.”

Proverbs 25:23 says, “As the north wind brings rain: so does an angry countenance bring a backbiting tongue.” The word angry here literally means “foam at the mouth” and is referring to the evil look of unbridled anger. The term “backbiting tongue” refers to the abundance of evil words spoken that absolutely cover their target with a blanket of ill spoken and hurtful words.

If anger is a problem for you, here are some steps of wisdom that can help break that in you.

When angry – stick with the issue you are dealing with. Keep grievances from the past out! Ask yourself, how big of an issue is this in the scope of the big picture of life? Is the fact that Billy left his room a mess today (even if you’ve told him a hundred times before) going to be the first step to the end of the world or to his personal demise? Think solution, not problem. Just keep patiently working with him. Ask yourself if you have ever violated what you are angry about or something similar? Would you have liked it if your dad or boss screamed at you? How would you have liked them to help you work through needed change? Can you be merciful and help instruct them in a calm way how to make changes? Can you be patient while they make those changes? Is there anything you’ve apologized to the Lord for violating umpteen times? Would you rather be known for being merciful, kind, and helpful or angry, tough, and ruthless? Which more represents God?

To keep anger from turning to rage, limit yourself to how much you think about or mull it over. Speak few words about it as words cause anger to grow. Pray to ask God to help you forgive – seek forgiveness for your own personal faults at the time of your anger toward someone else. Finally, pray for that person from a spirit of love and faith with the sincere desire to help them.

Break this into a plan and you will have a plan to reduce rage to anger and anger to appropriate anger. As today’s Fresh Manna verse says, “In your anger, don’t sin...”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Merry Christmas From Pastor Tim

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Monday, December 13, 2010

God Has Made You an Heir!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

It’s Christmas time. Most places you go, you see Christmas decorations, you hear Christmas music, and you see or hear about Christmas shopping bargains like, “So hurry and take advantage of these great deals today!” Many people are attending a Christmas production at church or some other venue. Many people have made their transportation plans to go home for Christmas. And all those tasty but ultra-fattening home cooked goodies or holiday nuts someone sends you—oh the temptations! We smile while looking at the annual photos or kind sentiments of holiday greetings sent in the mail from those we love. And we hear those few words spoken over the season that sincerely remind us, even if ever so briefly, that the holiday is about God’s love sent to us through the gift of Jesus Christ.

I love all this but find that those messages about what God did in giving us Jesus fall so short of all He really did. Even as I say that, if I share more about what He did, it will fall short here because it is impossible to capture it all in a devotional. But let me try to take you just a little deeper.

You most likely know the Christmas story from Luke Chapter 2 well. But maybe you’ve never gotten into your Bible further to see what Jesus’ entrance into earth accomplished for you.

In Galatians 4:3-7 (NLT) we read: “…before Christ came. We were slaves to the spiritual powers of this world. But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but a son (referring to a child of God); and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”

The understanding of these words may be difficult for you to grasp at first, but what they are saying, is this: Before Jesus came, God’s people lived by the law God had given to live righteously. They were supposed to follow it. In trying to follow it, they would come to realize that although the law showed them righteous living, personal transparency would reveal that no one was capable of keeping everything in the law. They all failed, thus they needed help. Jesus came and lived the law perfectly and He did that for us. He was the only one who could. He did for us what we couldn’t. And after doing so, the jealous leaders of the day killed Him. He allowed them to do this because by doing so, He could go to Hell for three days and nights to pay the punishment for your and my sins.

Now maybe you know that much already, but these verses tell us more saying, “God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE FULL RIGHTS AS SONS.” Because of this it continues; “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but a son (referring to a child of God); and since you are a son, GOD HAS MADE YOU AN HEIR.”

When you go deeper into the Christmas message you realize, although God wants you to live as righteously as you can, you’ve been redeemed from your shortcomings and having to live perfectly to be alright with God. God has washed you and accepted you and received you as His child through your faith in Jesus Christ, AND called you an heir. We all know what an heir is and the benefits of an heir, but what does that look like in this earth?

The Bible tells us that Elijah was a human being just like us. He loved God and lived for Him. There was a time during a famine that provision was scarce, but because Elijah had faith that God would bring supernatural provision, He did. At one point God sends Elijah to a place where He will provide for him through a single mom. But why her? She was destitute herself when Elijah came to her. She was about to prepare her very last meal for herself and her son when Elijah asked her for that meal. How could Elijah be so selfish? He wasn’t. It was the key to both their survival. 1 Kings 17:13-14 (NLT) “But Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid! Go ahead and cook that 'last meal,' but bake me a little loaf of bread first. Afterward there will still be enough food for you and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be plenty of flour and oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!"

God made supernatural provision available to Elijah and to this woman and her son because of their faith to follow God’s leading. This is what it looks like to be an heir of God. Everyone around them was starving, but they weren’t. They were heirs of God’s grace through their faith in Him. And today you read more of the Christmas story; “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but a son (referring to a child of God); and since you are a son, GOD HAS MADE YOU AN HEIR.”

Jesus made you an “heir of God” through His actions of love. Don’t appeal to God for help like a beggar. Appeal to God for help as the heir He made you and from a heart of thanksgiving for what He did and what He promised to you! Do so with confidence and faith. It is a supernatural and exciting journey in God!

Philip. 4:6 (NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Having Rock Solid Faith


Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Isa 50:7 “Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame”

Do you know the old expression “Is your cup half empty or half full?” Well tell me this – How do you view your life for the most part? Are you waiting for your ship to pull in before you become excited about what God has done in your life or have you noticed and are you thankful for what God has blessed you with now?

In the 2nd chapter of Malachi, we read about those who could only see from the “half empty” perspective. They were God’s people but their heart, their attitude, and their personal lives before God were not right. Consequently, how they viewed and understood God and the way He treated them was contemplated from a distorted perspective. When you aren’t living right before God and yet you still expect His blessings, your perspective is off somewhere. If you read the book of Malachi, you would see that God’s people were doing their own thing, yet wanting God to bless them outside of obedience to His Word. Thus they developed a lousy and skewed perspective and attitude. They whined that God blessed evil doers while not blessing them. Mal 2:17 says, “You have wearied the LORD with your words.” How have we wearied him?” you ask. By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and He is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice?”

In modern day language, it might sound like this. “God always seems to bless them but we never get blessed.” “This blessing stuff doesn’t work. My brother Frank has enough money for the entire family and yet he lives like the devil.” “I don’t get it. I give God some money once in a while and my car breaks down and I don’t have enough for the bills. That’s it! I’ve had it. If this is how God is going to deal with me, I’m going to keep my money and live like the devil, maybe I’ll come out ahead.”

If you notice at the start of this verse, it says, “You have wearied the Lord with your words.” We know that the Bible teaches, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” If someone was speaking words that wearied God, then we know that this was what was in their heart and perspective.

In today’s Fresh Manna verse, we see the “half full” perspective. We see someone who knows the Lord, who knows the Lord is their helper, and so consequently sets their face like flint. They know that God is there for them and that settles it. They are not going to be moved no matter what the negative circumstances seem to say. This is a heart attitude that emulates faith – that pleases God – that opens the door and creates the atmosphere for God to move mightily in. In Matthew, we read about the woman with the issue of blood who had been sick for 12 years. She had finally set her face like flint toward God. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” This pleased the Lord because her words rightly reflected the heart and will of God. Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment. Mat 9:21-22

When we aren’t mindful of what God’s will is and have faith in it, we will become weary, then disappointed, and soon feel dead in side. This is the point when people pull back from God and quit meditating on His Word and quit praying. It is just a short time later that whining and complaining begin to spill out our mouth. From there our perception of God’s goodness deteriorates and becomes distorted. Just around the corner is Satan ready to convince us that having faith in God is a waste of time.

When we take the time to be ever mindful of the many blessings that God has bestowed and desires to bestow upon us then our eyes will be open to see more of what He is doing in our life. We are to be steadfast in faith – like flint – toward God’s promises. Flint is a variety of quartz that, due to its extreme hardness, is easily shaped by flaking. Known and used since very ancient times, flint was used by the Israelites for knives, ax heads, arrow heads, spear heads and starting fires. God wants us to be immovable by circumstances instead standing hard core like flint in His promises. He wants our words to be; “Father, I thank you that this is your promise for me and I’ll not be moved until I see it manifest in my life. I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” When we draw close to Him with that kind of tenacity, God will help us see the cup half-filled while He is filling it the rest of the way. Our face will be set like flint and our faith ignited.

Be blessed as you praise God for the abundance of goodness that He has touched your life with today! Speak your thanks out loud to Him. Watch it change you and your circumstances.

Psa 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 06, 2010

When Anxiety Comes to Get You

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

The Bible reveals to us that God wants our lives to be centered in “the peace that passes understanding.” Why? Because in that place, you are free from fear, you think clearly, and you can receive the instruction, wisdom, and insight that you need from the Lord. And so the Lord says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philip. 4:7)

That verse starts with the word “And” which means another thought preceded this thought. What is that other thought? God tells us that the way to get to “the peace that passes understanding” is to not allow yourself to become anxious. We read in Philip. 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Allow me to give you some insight to that word anxious. It was originally translated as the word “careful.” You would read it like this, “Be careful for nothing.” The word “careful” in the Greek means “anxious” and so it’s retranslated “don’t be anxious about anything.”

If you look into the original root meaning of the word “anxious” you find that the word anxious means divided or disunity. Now that brings greater insight. What God is saying to us is this: “don’t let the circumstances that you face, cause you to become divided between anxiety and faith…”

There are times where we face a situation that is seemly impossible to overcome. The first impulse that could hit us is anxiety. If we let that anxiety exist, we’ll never truly be in faith that God will some how help us. That anxiety becomes our enemy that we have to defeat over and over again. If a negative situation continues, then defeating that anxiety daily is our only option to being divided between faith and anxiety.

God gives us the insight of how to do that. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

What is it that could happen in prayer that squashes anxiety and puts you over into that peace that passes understanding? It’s reaffirmation of God loving you, being in you, with you, and for you! When His Word speaks that to you and your heart takes hold of it, suddenly anxiety drops off and peace comes.

Last week, prior to my granddaughter’s open heart surgery, the surgeon came in to discuss the procedure with my daughter and her husband and Renee and I. They were going to break her breastbone so they could get to her heart and patch a hole it. They were also going to disconnect two pulmonary veins that were attached to the heart in the wrong place and reconnect them to where they should be connected. To do this they had to stop her heart and bypass it. I think this would create a certain level of anxiety in any parent and grandparent’s heart. I know it did us.

After the surgeon left. all four of us broke out our bibles and each of us shared promises from God’s word about His protection, His love, and His covenant with us. I know for me, just sharing what God was speaking to me to them built faith in my heart. Then hearing the others share continued to build faith in my heart. It lifted me back into a place of peace and trusting faith. We then took communion remembering what Jesus said, “In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." 1 Cor. 11:25-26 (NIV)

This says we are in covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ and in that covenant, God honors His Word. Now this is why we are not to be anxious or divided about what we believe in trying circumstances. We believe God loves us, that His promises are true, that we are in covenant with Him, and that they are a gift to us through Jesus Christ. This is the way we enter into “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding that will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.” So, be divided no more! Spend time with Him with thanksgiving and enter into His peace today and everyday!


PS. Madeline came through perfectly and with a supernatural recovery! Surgery was on Tuesday and she was home Saturday. (She wanted to wrestle tonight but I told her she had to take it easy.)


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Do I Have to Love my Neighbor?

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

I woke up this morning to about eight plus inches of fresh snow. What does that mean? It means I get to shovel the snow. Well actually it means I get to snow blow the snow with my snow blower. I got up early to get it done and get on with my day.

I had done my drive way and my next door neighbor’s. The snow was deep and it was a lot of work. I was tired. Often times I’ll help another neighbors with theirs, but I thought, “Not today, I still have a big day ahead of me. We have four Christmas performances this weekend I will be working at.”

As I was putting away my snow blower, the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “Go help your other neighbor.” I was struggling with that because that neighbor was never very appreciative for anything I had done for them in the past, and I had done a number of things. I started to have my conversation with the Lord on why I shouldn’t do it. “Lord, they hardly appreciate anything I do for them.”

The Lord spoke to me and said, that is why I’ve taught you this: ”…Love your neighbor as yourself." Then He said, “I didn’t’ tell you to love your neighbor as much as they appreciate you. What I said was, "Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” I thought, “If I didn’t have a great snow blower in heavy snow, I’d really be blessed if my neighbor helped me.” Then I heard the Lord say one more thing. “To whom much is given, much is required.” I just said, “Yes Lord” and that was the end of the conversation.

As I came back out of my garage with my snow blower, there was my neighbor just beginning to shovel his driveway. I came over with my snow blower and he was all grins. When he was done he gave me a very warm thank you! I was so glad I obeyed the Lord. I was able to BE the gospel to my neighbor today. So what did I do then? I went and did another neighbor’s driveway.

Next time I won’t argue with the Lord and maybe I won’t end up having to do four driveways. Glory to Him!

Mark 12:31 “…Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

You Come Out On Top

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

I had gone to bed after a long day. My granddaughter Madeline’s open-heart surgery had gone well. We watched the grace of God descend upon the surgeons to do a masterful job of fixing the problems in her heart. Last night Renee and I were thankful and exhausted and dropped into bed. It should have been a night of deep sleep and catching up on the little sleep I had gotten the night before. It was anything but that. I woke up some time after 2:00am tossing and turning. I needed a good sleep because I had a big day scheduled. I would be hosting our Business Networking Group in the morning, going back to the hospital at noon, back for an afternoon meeting and then ministering at our Wednesday evening church service. I really needed a good sleep but it was eluding me.

There have been many things going on in the lives of people around me, hard things that the struggling economy has contributed to. I think we all recognize that when there are financial pressures, too often those pressures bring out the worst in people. Sometimes those pressures eat away at and destroy the good that was there. I have seen that happen. The way I would describe last night is seeing every one of those situations I was aware of, appear in my mind. This is unusual for me because I usually control my thought-life like a fortress. I cast down every thing that exalts itself against God’s Word including worry. But last night those thoughts were warring against me. It felt like an attack against my faith for these situations.

About that time, the words of Jesus rose up in my heart. They were from Matthew 16:18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

This verse has been misunderstood my many religious people. It has been taken as Jesus raising up Peter as the head of the church. That isn’t what was happening. Prior to this statement, Jesus had asked His disciples “Who do people think I am?” They had responded saying, “Well," they replied, "Some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets." But Jesus asked them, "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in Heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.” Matthew 16:14-17 (NLT)

When we read “upon this rock,” the rock is revelation knowledge—God the Father revealing His heart directly to Peter’s heart about who Jesus really was and what His mission was about. This is what Jesus was referring to when He said, “Upon this rock I will build my church.” Jesus was saying that each and every believer of Jesus Christ would be capable of hearing from the heart of God with the help of the Holy Spirit through scripture. Together we would become His mighty church hearing directly from God and able to discern the lies of Satan. God was now able to speak His promises directly to our heart instead of going through a priest so that are faith would become strong and “the gates of Hell would not prevail against God’s us—the church.”

Proverbs 28:1 says, “Those walking contrary to God’s ways flee from fear though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” No one is pursuing them, yet the fear generated in their mind leads them to panic and jump ship! The righteous are bold because of God speaking promise to their heart through His Word.

You and I are the prevailing church! We can have an intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We can personally seek Him through His word. His Word will speak promise and faith to our heart. He will lift us out of doubt, unbelief and fear so that we will rise up, overcome and prevail. Boldness from faith in His promises is what will cause us to be different from the world.

Today, I am making the devil pay for his attempts to rob me of my sleep. During the night, instead of tossing and turning, I spent time praising and worshipping the Lord. I prayed God’s promises over people and their negative situations. Tonight I will preach this message and lay hands on people who are under attack. “The gates of Hell will not prevail against the church.” I will make the devil pay! How about you?

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

On the Receiving End

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Yesterday had not been a day I had been looking forward to. My eight year old granddaughter Madeline was scheduled for open heart surgery. She was a miracle baby the moment she was born. For eight of her nine month in the womb, gloom and doom was predicted over her. “She will never reach full term.” “She will not be compatible with life.” “She should be aborted.” Those were just a few of the phrases that my daughter and husband listened to throughout her pregnancy. Those and every other one were like spears to the heart and mind that worked to create imaginations of fear and torment. The only thing that could and would bring peace to us all were the promises of God’s Word. The four of us bathed in them daily. They’d quiet our minds. They’d lift our faith. We’d meet and share what God was speaking to our hearts with each other and then we’d pray thanking God that with Him, all things were possible. On the day of Madeline’s birth and with a secondary crew of medical staff present to help keep Madeline alive long enough for us to say goodbye, she was born-small but beautiful. She has been our little miracle girl ever since.

She is now eight years old and the sweetest little girl you could ever meet. She melts hearts daily with the way she loves everybody! Since her birth she has had a hole in her heart that need either to be healed miraculously or with the help of medical people whom I consider a grace of God in the earth. The doctors had told Stephanie and Daniel, her parents, that now was the time. So today, we were all at the hospital very early for Madeline’s surgery.

We had special time with her before she was taken away and then we went into the family waiting room. We were the only ones there. We pulled out our Bibles and shared the promises of God that He had been speaking to each of us. The result was encouraged faith as we listened to each other. Renee had brought bread, juice, and communion cups and we took communion together putting ourselves in remembrance of what Jesus paid for at the cross. “Jesus personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by His wounds! (1 Peter 2:24)

After four hours of surgery, Madeline’s heart had been repaired and she began the road to recovery! We are so very thankful for all God has helped Madeline through.


The main reason I wrote today was to say that throughout this past few days, each of us had received non-stop correspondence through email, Facebook, etc. of friends and family praying for Madeline and us. I have done the same thing for others hundreds of times but you never quite feel the value of it until you are on the receiving end as we were today. The outpouring of love and prayer was such a sweet touch from the Lord.

Today I was reminded that to most anyone in crisis or hurting, some form of a loving touch means more than you could ever imagine. When you are on the hurting end, that touch of love can get you through a moment, and hour, or a day! Don’t underestimate its power. I probably have in the past, but today I am refreshed just how precious the body of Christ is and how rich love from those you love feels.

2 Cor. 1:4 (NLT) “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A President’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Renee and I pray that this Thanksgiving will be a day of reflecting of God’s love for you and your loved ones! God bless you richly. Happy Thanksgiving, And Praise Him for His rich blessing upon our lives!


Psalms 83:18 That men may know that you, whose name alone is the LORD, are the most high over all the earth.

The following is the text of the handwritten Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer issued by Grover Cleveland, President of the United States. The proclamation was issued October 25, 1887 and was declaring November 24, 1887 the day of Thanksgiving.

A Proclamation of Thanksgiving, President by Grover Cleveland

The goodness and the mercy of God, which have followed the American people during all the days of the past year claim our grateful recognition and humble acknowledgment. By His omnipotent power He has protected us from war and pestilence and from every national calamity; by His gracious favor the earth has yielded a generous return to the labor of the husbandman, and every path of honest toil has led to comfort and contentment; by His loving kindness the hearts of our people have been replenished with fraternal sentiment and patriotic endeavor, and by His Fatherly guidance we have been directed in the way of national prosperity.
To the end that we may with one accord testify our gratitude for all these blessings, I, Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, do hereby designate and set apart Thursday, the twenty-fourth day of November next as a day of Thanksgiving and Prayer, to be observed by all the people of the land.

On the day let all secular work and employment be suspended; and let our people assemble in their accustomed places of worship and with prayer and songs of praise, give thanks to our Heavenly Father for all that He has done for us while we implore the forgiveness of our sins and a continuance of His mercy.

Let families and kindred be reunited on that day and let their hearts, filled with kindly cheer and affectionate reminiscence, be turned to the source of all their pleasures and to the Giver of all that makes the day bright and joyous.

And in the midst of our worship and enjoyments let us remember the poor, the needy, and the unfortunate; and by our gifts of charity and ready benevolence let us increase the number of those who with grateful hearts shall join in our Thanksgiving.

In witness whereof I have set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this twenty-fifth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twelfth.

Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

The story of Jonah by an Amazing Little Girl

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by Pastor Tim Burt

This little Bible Story teller is nothing less than amazing. God has got some special plans for her life. Relax and enjoy the story and let it minister to you!

The story of Jonah from Corinth Baptist Church on Vimeo.


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Two Powerful Words!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

This past weekend, I hosted our annual Men’s Advance at Sugar Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. It was a large conference filled to capacity with men that were hungry to draw closer to the Lord, to each other, and with the desire to hear from the heart of God. The atmosphere was filled with God’s presence and when it was over, the men left having been touched by God.

I wrapped up our last session on Sunday morning, said goodbye to the last guys as they left, and drove home extremely tired but feeling so very thankful for all that God did through this event.

It had snowed while I was gone - thick wet heavy snow that was plugging up my driveway. I got my stuff in the house, unpacked, and immediately dressed for snow plowing. My neighbor hadn’t been able to do his and so went over and did his driveway and walks also. Then I had to unpack and catch up on some work and correspondence. I dropped like a rock into bed that night. Monday morning, I woke up exhausted and did something I rarely ever do, I went back to sleep for one more hour. I don’t do that because it cuts out my priorities with God and I end up rushing which I hate. I love my quiet time in the morning with the Lord and to sit and write Fresh Manna.

As I left for church that morning, I was indeed rushing. I hadn’t didn’t have time to pray, I didn’t have time to open my Bible, and hated that I had put myself in this position. One more hour’s sleep is never worth this price to me. So as I was driving to work, I thought, “How ironic. I just got through ministering to the men, hopefully encouraging them to take time to draw closer to the Lord, read their Bible and pray, and here I am driving to work the next day having done none of those things.”

On top of that, I remembered an important task I had to take care of at the bank on the way to work. I had two meetings upon arrival at work and new my day would be off to the races the moment I walked into the door. It was a feeling of chaos and all because of one more hour of sleep. Ugh!

But, then my saving grace came. As I am driving to the bank, I get a quick text mail from a very good friend from my discipleship group who had been up at the Men’s Advance with me. It said, “Pastor Tim, you rock! My manna today is Ephesians 1:2, ‘Grace and Peace unto you.’ Have a supernatural day! Love you, Bruce.” This spoke to me like a megaphone!

I’ve taught all my men, do your best to always walk out the door with a verse that speaks to your heart. Meditate upon it all day and let the Lord magnify it in your heart. That is what manna in the desert was all about with Moses. It wasn’t about bread. It was about “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word from God.” I had also taught the guys, “If you ever have a day that starts crazy, and don’t get into the word or pray, talk to someone that gets manna and mediate on their verse as if it was your own. It will empower you! Moses taught them to share when they gathered manna so that everyone would have enough. Exodus 16:17-18 (NLT) “So the people of Israel went out and gathered this food—some getting more, and some getting less…Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed.”

For me, I didn’t have my manna – my word from Heaven to meditate on the day but Bruce had sent me his! And oh what a word – just the word I needed – “Grace and peace unto you.” That word immediately went off in me. It calmed me down. It helped remind me that God’s grace – His supernatural help for everything I am called to do, is with me! And, because of my faith in the fact, I could have His peace. “Grace and peace.” Wow!

Who could think two little words sent in a text could speak so loudly and quickly draw me out of the anxious start I had created to my day! Bruce’s text was God’s voice and grace reaching into my life that moment. It helped me to have a really good day in Him! God’s grace and peace to you!

Eph 1:2 “May grace and peace be yours, sent to you from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Simplifying Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I recently received feedback from a kind and thankful reader who had been reminded through what I wrote, what life is really all about. The letter started out like this…

“Dear Pastor Tim, What a soft gentle reminder that it's easy to get caught up in getting bills paid off, doing business year end taxes, raising new babies, keeping kids at college and getting another into the air force. It's enough to keep me busy 24/7 with no break in sight!!! Every day is just like the next! What is this rat race for? What really matters? I already know the answer, but your e-mail reminded me.”

How about you? Are you feeling like you are a part of the rat race? It can be easy to feel like that, and it gets worse when things aren’t good. I think most people have been touched and affected in some way by the downturn in the economy. The rat race is bad enough but a bad economy really magnifies it. Then there is the home front and all the demands that go with it. We all find little pleasures and ways to help us escape but they don't last. It doesn't take long to feel overwhelmed again.

Jesus compared it to being hot and thirsty. When you take a drink of water it will bring refreshing only until you get hot and thirsty again. And so you go through that again and again – much like a rat race. But, to the one that received Jesus and let their life and purpose become living for Him, that drink would be different. He said, "People soon become thirsty again after drinking this water. But the water I give them takes away thirst altogether. It becomes a perpetual spring WITHIN them, giving them eternal life." (John 4:13-14)

Life isn’t about existing in the rat race. It’s about learning to live for God. Doing so reminds you and magnifies what is truly important in life and helps put real life from God's view, back into perspective. Your life is about becoming His mouth and hands in this earth and about reconciling others to Jesus. When that becomes true for you, then you’ve left the rat race and entered the God race.

Once you’ve put God back on the throne of your life and are truly living for Him as the center of your existence – then build and simplify your life thinking through these things:

First, identify what is most important to you. Build a list (not too long) and prioritize what you are most passionate about and most responsible for. Secondly, eliminate from your life, that which really doesn’t begin to touch your first list. Finally, stick with the priorities of your first list.

It’s amazing how many things you can eliminate from your life when you need to simplify!

As you live these priorities with the Lord as your underlying purpose in all you do, you will find yourself drinking from the “perpetual spring within you and that will give you eternal life with Him. John 4:13-14”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Message in a meatball!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Sometimes I find that God speaks to my heart in rather unusual ways. Now, just so you don’t get the wrong idea, I’ve never heard the audible voice of God. Personally, I would love that. But then again, since I’m much more of a visual learner, I think He speaks to me in ways that send me a message in the form of a word picture…in a way that I hear best. Take the other day, for instance. I got a message…delivered in a meatball!

Now, maybe you just envisioned me breaking open the meatball, and there was a paper inside with a message written on it…kind of like a fortune cookie! But it wasn’t anything like that. It happened at one of the bible studies I teach. We usually start out the evening with some food, which some of the girls bring…and on this particular night, one of the girls told me she wanted to bring meatballs. Well, she brought her meatballs, and they didn’t look like anything special. On the outside, they looked pretty uninteresting…plain…like they’d taste just ho-hum…so I almost decided to skip the meatballs!

But I took one anyway, and I tried a bite. I was surprised! Because it may have looked plain on the outside, but I discovered that whatever was on the inside added up to one awesome tasting meatball! And I wasn’t the only one who thought that! Later, when we voted for the “fab food of the night,” she won…or should I say, the meatballs won! And the message that God painted for me? That there are so many people we miss enjoying… because on the outside, we think they seem uninteresting…plain…like they’d be just ho-hum to know. But if we’ll take the time to find out what’s in their heart, we may just be surprised to discover that this person is one awesome person! It’s not that I didn’t already know that, but sometimes we need reminders. So I’m really glad I got to eat one of those awesome meatballs….but I’m even more glad for the message I found on the inside of that meatball!

I Samuel 16:7 NLT ~ …The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Cast Off Discouragement!"


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by Pastor Tim Burt

If discouragement was a football, then I would like to be the greatest punter of all times so I could drop kick it right out of my life. The enemy tries to work discouragement in our lives so we'll focus on negative circumstances and miss seeing the blessings that God has happening all around us. There have always been two strategies I have focused on to drop kick discouragement out of my life. One is to have a heart of thanksgiving for even the tiniest blessing in my life. The other is to talk about the goodness of God and His promises with my friends. Being in a discipleship group consistently for 29 years has given me one of many places to walk this out.

Even when you walk closely with God, times of discouragement manage to find ways to creep into your life. It's amazing at times like this that thoughts of 'throwing in the towel' surface in your mind. Because we don't always see things turn out in the way we envision, it is possible to face an outcome that at least for a season seems like a disappointment. Yet at times like this, you have to remind yourself that even though man fails you, God will never fail you. Hebrews 13:5 says, "...God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." God is worthy of all our trust despite what at the time looks like a disappointment.

When we read the story of Joseph, we read about a young man who at the age of seventeen had a vision from God about being a ruler that even his own family would bow down to. That dream eventually proved true and yet not long after he dreamed it, he was thrown in a pit left to die by his own jealous brothers. He was then later sold as a slave, promoted as a manager of a pagan household because of faithfulness to God and then falsely and undeservedly accused of coveting his master's wife. It felt like a barrage of disappointments. He was thrown in jail for years. He faced injustice from the age of seventeen to thirty years old - thirteen years of injustice. How did Joseph protect himself from disappointment and blaming God? Why didn't he throw in the towel? Joseph would not cave to disappointment because He believed God to be a God of promise. He clung to that truth. He would not give up on God. The result? He was finally promoted as ruler over all of Egypt under Pharaoh.

In the book of Malachi we see disappointment take root. The Lord is warning His people of their rebellious and slothful attitude. They had given up trusting in God's ways and instead resorted to depending on themselves to get things done. They had stopped tithing and God exposed the deception that had permeated their hearts. In Mal 3:13-15 we read His Words to them. "You have said harsh things against me," says the LORD. "Yet you ask,’ what have we said against you?' "You have said, 'It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out His requirements and going about like mourners before the LORD Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly the evildoers prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.'"

These people lost their love and joy of God and began to see living for Him as drudgery and obligation. They 'threw in the towel' and moved to living outside of God's instruction. They blinded their eyes to His goodness leaving them only to experience the disappointment of their own ways. Man seldom accepts responsibility for his own lack of success. Blame is the game and God (or your Pastor and church) most often becomes the scapegoat.

Joseph represented the heart of those that don't quit and trust God knowing that He is bigger than a momentary circumstance appearing to be a setback. We read of great blessing to those who like Joseph, keep on trusting God knowing of His love and precious promises. Mal 3:16-18 reveals those blessings. "Then those who reverence the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored His name. "They will be mine," says the LORD Almighty, "in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not."

God says that when we trust Him and focus on His promises and talk about them with others, it draws His presence. He is so honored that He lists our names in a book of remembrance. He says that deliverance will come to those that trust. Thanksgiving of who and what He is to us keeps our eyes open to His involvement in our lives and protects us from the deception that can come from disappointment and discouragement. So, begin to mediate on everything you are thankful to Him about and praise Him for it. It will lift you up!

Mal 3:16-17 “Then those who feared and loved the Lord spoke often of him to each other.... "in that day when I make up my jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares an obedient and dutiful son.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

A Beautiful Mess


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by Renee Burt


I recently had my children, their spouses, my granddaughters, and Ernie the dog over for dinner. I had just cleaned the house a couple of days before, and it was looking so nice…until they all came flying in the door. Next thing, I knew, there were pillows off the couches…pop cans, dishes, and glasses everywhere…throws that had been neatly folded on the armrests of the couches were now piled in heaps on the floor…and the glass sections on the living room table were now smeared with dozens of tiny fingerprints.

Well, last night, I refolded the throws…and I threw away the cans and loaded the dishwasher with the dishes and glasses. But I didn’t have the heart to wash off the fingerprints. You see, a few months ago, I found out that my daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters will be moving to Peru this spring. Note…I didn’t say to visit…but to live there for an undetermined period of time. My son-in-law’s parents are missionaries there, and they’ll be helping them there in their work. Now, you’re probably thinking, “Is this is hard for you to see them go?” I’ll answer your question simply…yes, it is.

The reality of it all comes to me in waves…like this morning, when I went to wash off those fingerprints of the two little girls who have so captured this mimi’s heart. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it…because what should look like a mess to me? It just doesn’t…at least not today. Instead, those fingerprints speak of having fun together…of knowing that my house isn’t some place where my family has to be careful to not make a mess. Because it’s a place where we can laugh, be silly, play games, relax, rest, and love just being together…even if it means things wind up a little messy…oh well! So for now, the fingerprints stay. They’re messy, but they’re beautiful…and it’s the kind of beautiful mess I wouldn’t trade for anything!

Ecclesiastes 3:1 NLT ~ Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time…

Children, Joy, Laughter


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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Has a Friend Ticked You Off?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever wanted to punch your friend? I have! Why? Because he did something that ticked me off. Friends do that some times – including me. I know I’ve ticked off my friends at one time or another. Did I do it on purpose? Of course not. Few people intend to make people they love mad. But, it does happen.

When it happens, I don't blow off my friend or banish him from my friend list just because he made me mad. Do I feel like banishing him? Maybe just for a moment but that's just the emotion of the moment. I also know he is my friend and you can’t throw friends under the bus because they blow it. Even if they make you really mad! They make mistakes and deserve forgiving - Yes even when they’ve ticked you off more than once.

God imparts important friend wisdom for us to hold on to at times when we want to punch our friends such as:

1. Matthew 5:7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. I better give an abundance mercy because I know I need an abundance of it.

2. Hosea 2:23 And I will have mercy on who has not obtained mercy. God gives mercy to those that don’t deserve it. I will too because there are times where I have been a jerk and haven’t deserved mercy but got it!

3. Proverbs 18:24 There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. Real friendship takes work and anyone in a friendship must work to keep out petty offenses. This is the “sticks closer than a brother” part. You have to work at it.

4. Proverbs 27:6 Wounds from a friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. Enemies are out to get you but friends are like boys playing with b-b guns – every once in a while they forget what they are doing and shoot you with one. But you survive.

So, the last time a friend ticked me off, it took me a few minutes to work past it and it helped when he said he was sorry. I believe him. And if I find out later he wasn’t sincere, I’ll shoot him with a b-b gun and tell him I’m sorry after. Just kidding….

Proverbs 17:9 He who covers over an offense promotes love…

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Your Civil Responsibility in the Elections

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Psalms 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance"

The following are quotes from founding fathers of our country regarding the importance of your participation and vote in this election. May they speak loudly to you today and then if you haven’t, please go vote!

James Garfield

Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . . [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.

[James A. Garfield, The Works of James Abram Garfield, Burke Hinsdale, editor (Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883), Vol. II, pp. 486, 489, "A Century of Congress," July, 1877.]

John Jay

Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.

[John Jay, The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, Henry P. Johnston, ed. (New York: G.P. Putnams Sons, 1890), Vol. IV, p. 365.]

Daniel Webster

Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own.

[Daniel Webster, The Works of Daniel Webster (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1853), Vol. II, p. 108, from remarks made at a public reception by the ladies of Richmond, Virginia, on October 5, 1840.]

Samuel Adams

Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual - or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.

[Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1907), Vol. IV, p. 256, in the Boston Gazette on April 16, 1781.]

Alexander Hamilton

A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large, in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject, and in a republic ought to stand foremost in the estimation of the law.

[Alexander Hamilton, The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, Harold C. Syrett, ed. (New York, Columbia University Press, 1962), Vol III, pp. 544-545.]


Noah Webster

In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate - look to his character. . . . When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor, he betrays the interest of his country.

[Noah Webster, Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education to which is subjoined a Brief History of the United States (New Haven: S. Converse, 1823), pp. 18, 19.]

Psalm 33:12 (NLT) What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people he has chosen for his own.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Something new is on the way!


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by Renee Burt


I recently had my children, their spouses, my granddaughters, and Ernie the dog over for dinner. I had just cleaned the house a couple of days before, and it was looking so nice…until they all came flying in the door. Next thing, I knew, there were pillows off the couches…pop cans, dishes, and glasses everywhere…throws that had been neatly folded on the armrests of the couches were now piled in heaps on the floor…and the glass sections on the living room table were now smeared with dozens of tiny fingerprints.

Well, last night, I refolded the throws…and I threw away the cans and loaded the dishwasher with the dishes and glasses. But I didn’t have the heart to wash off the fingerprints. You see, a few months ago, I found out that my daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters will be moving to Peru this spring. Note…I didn’t say to visit…but to live there for an undetermined period of time. My son-in-law’s parents are missionaries there, and they’ll be helping them there in their work. Now, you’re probably thinking, “Is this is hard for you to see them go?” I’ll answer your question simply…yes, it is.

The reality of it all comes to me in waves…like this morning, when I went to wash off those fingerprints of the two little girls who have so captured this mimi’s heart. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it…because what should look like a mess to me? It just doesn’t…at least not today. Instead, those fingerprints speak of having fun together…of knowing that my house isn’t some place where my family has to be careful to not make a mess. Because it’s a place where we can laugh, be silly, play games, relax, rest, and love just being together…even if it means things wind up a little messy…oh well! So for now, the fingerprints stay. They’re messy, but they’re beautiful…and it’s the kind of beautiful mess I wouldn’t trade for anything!

Ecclesiastes 3:1 NLT ~ Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time…


Children, Joy, Laughter


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

An Amazing Video of a Man Raised From the Dead!


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by Pastor Tim Burt


Watch this short video about a man that was raised from the dead!






Jeff Markin: Back from the Dead, Reborn Into the Light - CBN.com


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Hoping to give some hope!


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by Renee Burt


When I was a flight attendant, I used to fly a lot of trips that ended in Las Vegas. The airlines I worked for would put us up for the night at one of the hotels where they gambled all night long. And the thing that always amazed me was that it didn’t matter what time of night we flew in, there were people everywhere…putting their coins into the slot machines…hoping to hit a jackpot. And if they did? I mean to tell you, they got excited! I still remember hearing the rush of coins coming out of the machine…AND then close behind it was the sound of them whooping and hollering that they won.

I noticed that if the jackpot was really big, everyone would crowd around and just watch all those coins come rushing out. And then I always found it fascinating to see how that seemed to energize the most weary of the gamblers. Now, they may have been putting their coins in the slots almost apathetically before that person hit the jackpot…going through the motions. But after they saw that person win? They’d head back to their machine, and just put those coins in…with renewed hope that they might win too.

So what’s with the gambling story? How could that speak a spiritual truth to me? Well, I was thinking about how during tough times….people can wind up like those weary gamblers who haven’t “won” anything lately…and so they just tiredly go through the motions of life. They need some hope…they need to hear the sounds of someone winning! Winning what? Maybe it’s that they won a personal battle to do something they’d wanted to do for years…or they won a battle over some fear they had really struggled with…or they won the love back of a son or a wife or a friend…or they won a job promotion! God loves to help us win in so many areas of life…but not just for ourselves! But so we can whoop it up, make some noise, and let people know what God did for us…and not to brag, but to give the tired people around us renewed hope! Hope…it’s why I write…because ultimately, I hope it gives YOU hope!

I Thessalonians 5:11 MSG ~ So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.

Acts 20:2 MSG ~ …he gave constant encouragement, lifting their spirits and charging them with fresh hope.



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Friday, October 15, 2010

When Doing Your Best Doesn’t Seem Enough

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by Pastor Tim Burt

The church I pastor at is a significantly large church—between 9-10,000 members. We have a large building that houses not only our church, but our Christian School. We started out in 1980 with about 20 people in a Bible Study and grew over all these years.

Maybe about 10 years ago, at the time when there were some disturbed people attempting to kill children in schools and people in churches, we began to build a security team. It was necessary on a number of levels: for watching over the children, our parking lots from thieves trying to break into cars, and not-so-nice people coming into the church to steal items—the kinds of things that are happening in the world everywhere. After 9/11, terrorist threats became possibilities on larger venues in Minneapolis, and we were advised to continue to step up our security force because of our size and just out of common sense. We did that and over time have built a tremendous and dedicated security team that undergoes continuous training. They are excellent at what they do. They blend in well, loving the congregation, yet remain aware of their surroundings and having an attentive eye as they have been trained. Each of them first and foremost pray and ask the Lord and His angelic host to be the ultimate protector of us all. Then they do their part to the best of their ability.

Recently our head of security was told that we should be more cautious with backpacks and larger bags that people bring in during service times and occasionally and kindly conduct a spot check. This could be awkward for a church and is still a rare occurrence, but unfortunately it has become a necessary part of what we do if the situation presents itself. Our team is trained to do so courteously so as not to offend anyone.

Yesterday, a man walked through the doors of our church with a large athletic type bag as he was coming to our services. The head of our security was present and noticed the bag. He kindly walked up to him, introduced himself in his role at our church and asked if he could inspect the bag and why that might be necessary. The only thing in this large bag was a computer. That seemed odd as people usually care a computer in a computer bag and if not, something closer in size. So he asked this man some questions which made him quite upset. The head of security was trying to delicately and kindly follow some guidelines that seem normal at the airport, but more difficult to execute at a church. This man would not listen to the reasoning for the process from our security man. He would not let one of our Pastors try to calm him down and explain. Instead he became very belligerent and consequently had to be escorted off the premises. This is what we try most to avoid and, to my knowledge, have never had to do before, and yet this time we couldn’t. Why? In my opinion, for whatever reasons unknown to us, he would listen to no one.

As I was driving home from church, I happened to see him sitting on a curb outside of church on his computer. I thought, “Great. I can take some time to explain all the reasons we have security and have been advised about bags coming into the church. If he understands the big picture, surely he’ll be more understanding and we can make peace.”

I introduced myself and my role at church. Immediately he began to verbally attack me. He pulled out a little notebook and wrote my name down. He demanded the name of our security head. I wasn’t rattled. I told him that I stopped because I felt so bad about what happened and the misunderstanding and wanted to back up and help him understand what happened so that we could reconcile this situation. I could understand how he might have felt and wanted him to know he was loved and welcome. That didn’t happen. He wouldn’t let it. The verbal assault and barrage of accusations flew and he wouldn’t listen. I was shocked at how cruel he was and extremely disappointed that he would not let me help turn the situation around.

As I was driving home, I almost felt sick. It was such a great day in church—the worship service, the interaction with so many wonderful people, and the opportunity to help and pray with many. But then it ended on this note. It bothered me more than I can say and more than I should have let it. I was reminded by the Lord in Romans 12:18 that says, “Do your part to live in peace with everyone, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.” Jesus also had His moments when He was misunderstood and they would not listen to what He was saying.

In tough situations, you do everything you can to represent God, the love of Jesus, and a Christian demeanor that reflects love, mercy, grace, and kindness. Just because you do does not mean it’s going to be received. But at least you will know deep in your heart that you tried your best. Even then you can still end up feeling icky about it, but when you seek the Lord and give your best, you’ve done what the Lord would have you do! Doing your best may not always seem like enough, but it is! You are not God. You can only represent Him the best you can! The rest is in the Lord’s hands.

Romans 12:17-18 (NIV) “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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