About Tim Burt

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Part 1 Easter’s Lesson For Us

Fresh Manna
By Pastor Tim Burt


In Matthew 21:28-30 Jesus told a parable. It went like this: “But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go. “Which of the two obeyed his father?” They replied, “The first.”

Coming up with the answer to Jesus’ parable wasn’t rocket science was it? It’s not always hard to figure out what the Lord wants us to do. Obeying Him is the challenge. If you were forced to spend a day alone in quiet place and figure out how God really wanted you to structure your day and the days of your week—adding the things you know are missing and stripping all the things you know keep you from obeying God—you could figure them out. You could write them down. You could build a new plan. Then on the side of that plan, add the types of unscheduled things God might want you to do as they come up in your day; for example: sharing His good news or doing something kind for someone at work. You could do that, so why don’t you? Maybe it’s because you don’t want to change? Maybe you don’t want to be held accountable? Maybe you don’t think you can do it. Maybe you don’t want to do it. Now you understand why the first son said yes but didn’t go into the vineyard to work. As Jesus said to His disciples, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

There are so many parts of Easter that we could reflect on as we appreciate Jesus’ love and what He did for us. But for me, I have a tendency to focus on how do I appreciate and bring what Jesus did for me into the now. As we saw in the parable, Jesus isn’t impressed by what you say but by what you do.

In Isaiah 53 we read the most sobering and—if you really meditate on it—horrific scriptures prophesied by Isaiah about Jesus and His life and death.

Isaiah 53:1-5 Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

What Isaiah prophesied then could never be pictured or imagined in the mind of a man—with the exception of Jesus. When He read those verses as a child He knew those were the words describing His life and death. He knew they were the destiny He would face. So how could be possibly find the strength to obey? He was not walking as God in this earth, but as a man living by faith like you and I. Where did He find the strength?

These sobering verses described His ordinariness in appearance. They describe the rejection He would face most likely because of His commitment to live such a separated life for the Lord. He was probably looked at as oddly. He was beaten to a pulp only because He allowed it so that He could take our punishment upon Himself and so we could be forgiven and healed. How does anyone achieve this level of strength to obey the things God wants of us—even the simple things like work a day in the vineyard? Jesus gave the answer—the only answer to the strength we need to be obedient. Again He said, Matthew 26:41 41 KEEP WATCH AND PRAY, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

Easter represents many stories and truths God wants us to learn, but if there is one relevant truth that stands out to me for today that I may walk out, it’s this: If we want to be like Jesus and be more obedient to His voice and leading in our life, it will not happen without our lives invested in prayer. And in all likelihood, for most, more praying won’t happen unless you pray to ask God to help you pray more.

More to come…

In His love,
Pastor Tim

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2010 Tim Burt, All rights reserved.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Be A Praise Heaper!

Fresh Manna
By Pastor Tim Burt


Hebrews 3:13 says, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.” If someone asked me, “What helps you continue and press on in life more than anything else?’ I would say two things: the supernatural strengthening of the Lord and the sincere encouragement of others. These are the two most powerful boosts that fuel my tanks and help me press on!

I’m sure my mother had everything to do with that. She was probably the world's greatest encourager. She was always telling me, "You can do it - you'll see - you'll be good at it!" She was what I would call a "Praise Heaper." She would watch for opportunities she could encourage me in or praise me for and immediately do so. I don't know if everyone is this way but encouragement just absolutely fuels my fire.

God knows we need affirmation, validation and encouragement. Consequently His Word instructs us to develop this quality and sow it into others. 1Thess 4:18 says, “Therefore encourage each other with these words.” And 1Thess 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

I want to thank the multitude of you that have written to encourage me in the writing of Fresh Manna and who send you continuously kind comments. When I started writing ten years ago, it was more for me as a journaling exercise to help me pay better attention to the things God was speaking to my heart. Never did I think that I would end up with thousands of readers from over 36 countries or become one of the top 55 blogging Pastors in the country. I only started blogging because someone asked me to.

Thank all of you for your kind words of encouragement to me concerning Fresh Manna. I have included some of your comments below. Again, thank each of you for them.

Fresh Manna Comments,

Pastor Tim, You don't know who I am but I thought you needed to know that what you are doing is AWESOME! I am a busy teacher and I appreciate your efforts to further my growth in the Lord through Fresh Manna. Thanks for your commitment and consistency.

Hey, Pastor Tim, I really look forward to your Fresh Manna. So do several people I forward it to. We often chat about it. You have no idea the number of people you touch and the ways in which you touch them. The other interesting thing is, when we seem to be dealing with something, you end up writing about it. God is funny like that!

Pastor Tim, Wow...excellent fresh manna....just wanted to let you know that I very much appreciate the fresh manna that you provide. It is amazing how when you are going through difficulties, God speaks to your situation…

Pastor Tim, every time I read your Fresh Manna I receive direction from the Holy Spirit. I feel at times that the Holy Spirit has been working on me in a part of my life but my heart was not as open as it should be. Your Fresh Manna helps to open my heart.

Pastor Burt, I am once again amazed at your gift of speaking to my heart.

Pastor Tim, "Thanks for being so real with all of us Manna readers, it takes guts to tell to be as transparent as you are."

Pastor Tim, as always you are so on with your manna & your timing is outstanding.

Pastor Tim, I just wanted to thank you for Fresh Manna; I look forward to reading it every morning when I arrive at work. I also thank you for your dedication in writing and sending this multiple times each week! Your messages and insight give me encouragement as well as educate me.

Pastor Tim, Thank you so much for all your wisdom. I feel very fortunate to be able to read your devotions each day, and I look forward to having them lift my spirit. They help me learn the bible verses better. I have done limited bible study in my life, so far. I am happy to be a part of your list. Thank you so much.

Pastor Tim, Speaking of giving honor to whom honor is due, thank you for your faithfulness in sharing your daily manna and everything else you do.

Pastor Tim, Your ministry through Fresh Manna is one of the blessings that has touched my life. Thank you for your tireless effort. You remind of Dr. Tsion Ben-Judah in the “Left Behind” series. I look forward to your daily messages.

Pastor Burt, I just wanted you to know how extremely timely your word from the Lord is. You are right on.

Pastor Tim...... thank you for sharing such honest and compassionate feelings about your marriage to your lovely lady ....it takes a lot of love and guts to do that and I have the greatest love and respect for you in doing that ... I know the LORD is there in your life.. Praise God for People like you.

Pastor Tim, I am really blessed by reading Fresh Manna. It is amazing how I would be pondering stuff the night before, and Fresh Manna will give me the answer the following day.

Pastor Tim, Thank you so much! You helped answer many of the things that I have struggled with about faith.


Thank you all for your kind comments and encouragement. You are Praise Heapers!

In His love,
Pastor Tim

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2010 Tim Burt, All rights reserved.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Israel Is Precious to God

Fresh Manna
By Pastor Tim Burt



My wife Renee and I just returned with a group of 35 from a wonderful trip to Israel. It was a trip to be remembered as we experienced much more than just visiting the sites where Jesus walked, taught and lived. We went there to interact with and love on the Jewish people there, letting them know that there are millions of Christians from the United States that stand in solidarity supporting them. They are a persecuted nation surrounded by their enemies. We united with over 500 others from other tour groups from Christians United for Israel. We held a night to Honor Israel in Jerusalem with Pastor John Hagee and guest speaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu among others. We held a parade down the streets of Jerusalem led by drummers that ignited the atmosphere with excitement as we marched with flags and signs of support for Israel. The people of Jerusalem watched and cheered and cried with thanks!

Renee and I along with Pastor John Hagee and a small group of leaders had the honor of meeting with President Shimon Peres in his home. Renee and I along with our group were also privileged to meet with the Vice-Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon—a true patriot and leader of Israel. We were able to meet with David Wilder—a leader of the Jewish community of Hebron, considered one of the holiest sites to the Jews yet persecuted continuously by Palestinians. Consequently there are only about 900 Jewish settlers living in Hebron’s historic and religiously important area amongst 130,000 Arabs with a parliament ruled by many from the armed Islamic movement Hamas. It is an extremely dangerous place for them to live but they do so to hold claim to and inhabit Hebron—the oldest Jewish community in the world. The Book of Genesis tells us that Abraham purchased the field where the Tomb of the Patriarchs is located as a burial place for his wife Sarah. According to Jewish tradition, the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the Matriarchs Sarah, Rebekah, and Leah are buried in the Tomb in Hebron. For the Jewish people to be forced from this city is to give up their history and heritage.

Christians are waking up in this day to spiritual insight from God’s heart. They are awaking to the truth that Jesus was first a Jew and the roots of our Christian heritage are Jewish. What we have in common is far greater than the things we’ve allowed to separate us over the years. Genesis 12:3 says “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.” Those blessings are very real and those judgments are also very real. As Christians we owe a debt of gratitude to the Jewish people. They gave us the word of God. They gave us the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They gave us the Prophets: Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zachariah, Amos, Josiah, Joel. Jesus’ own family was Jewish as were the Apostles. In John chapter four Jesus said, “…salvation is of the Jews.” If you take away the Jewish contribution to Christianity there would be no Christianity. Judaism does not need Christianity to explain its existence, but Christianity cannot explain its existence without Judaism. Don’t make the mistake of letting the politics of a few Jewish religious leaders of Jesus day crucifying Jesus, result in anti-Semitism in your heart. Remember, the will of God was in place so that our Savior could suffer for our sins. Anti-Semitism is an abomination to God and has accomplished nothing but create confusion, death and pain to the apple of God’s eye.

It is Jerusalem where Jesus will return. His love for the Jewish people is great. God has a great plan for the Jewish people and when Christians think they have replaced the Jews in the plan of God, not only are they wrong, but they have opened their hearts to becoming vessels of anti-Semitism. It is that kind of thinking that allowed the Holocaust to happen and it is present again today. Many people fear that supporting Israel creates hostility from terrorists for our nation and to avoid that, we should break ties with Israel. That would be the demise of our nation.

We are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. How do we do that? Pray that God will stop her enemies and protect the people of Israel. Pray that our government will show unified support for Israel—not dictate their policies. Israel is our greatest ally in this earth and deserves our unwavering support as they best decide how to lead their nation.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts. ‘I am zealous for Zion with great zeal; with great fervor I am zealous for her.’ Thus says the Lord: I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of hosts, the Holy Mountain.” Zechariah 8:2-3

If you are interested in learning more go to: How to Support Israel

If you would like to join me in Washington DC for our 2010 Washington Summit supporting Israel learn more at: 2010 Washington Summit

In His love,
Pastor Tim

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2010 Tim Burt, All rights reserved.
http://readfreshmanna.blogspot.com/

Do you want to know how to support Israel?

Fresh Manna 2010 By Pastor Tim Burt

Do you want to know how to support Israel?



http://media.cufi.org/SLS/SLPlayer.htm?playBtn=true&fileName=http://media.cufi.org/Videos/sl/CUFI_Overview_1000_REMIX.wmv


In His love,
Pastor Tim

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2010 Tim Burt, All rights reserved.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Our Trip to Israel

Fresh Manna 2010 By Pastor Tim Burt

HI all,

Renee and I took a tour group to Israel the past two weeks. We have a running blog about it although we don't have everything on it yet. But if you want to see what we were up to please go to: http://israeltour2010.posterous.com/

I'll be back to writing on Tuesday! See you then!

In His love,
Pastor Tim

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
Copyright© 2010 Tim Burt, All rights reserved.