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Friday, July 30, 2010

A Feast of Laughter!

by Renee Burt

I love the phrase, “It is what it is!” So I’ve been known to say it more than my fair share of times. In fact, I said it just last night again! What happened was, I had all my kids over for a family birthday dinner. The party was for three of us who have birthdays coming up, and we all got to pick something we love to eat for the dinner. So Danny picked steaks, I picked cheesy potatoes and Stephanie picked angel food cake and strawberries…with REAL whipped cream! Sounds great, right?



Well, I would love to go into detail, but suffice it to say the dinner was a giant disaster! The grill went on the fritz soon after the steaks went on the grill…so we put them under the oven broiler, but that didn’t work either. Fast forward…finally got them cooked…sat down to eat…phew! But after one bite of the cheesy potatoes, I realized I had forgotten to put in the cheese. These were NOT my favorite potatoes anymore! There’s more…the dressing on the salad had gone bad. And later, the whipped cream wouldn’t whip!

Was I sad…depressed…upset…crying about it? Nope! I actually thought it was hysterical…and so did my kids. So we laughed our way through the entire dinner, and made the happiest of family memories. It’s at times like that, I especially love to say, “It is what it is!” Not in some sad-sack, Debbie Downer way of thinking that says, “Things will never change, so I need to just accept it.” No! But rather in a way that accepts that things won’t always go right, so I may as well go ahead and make a choice to stop thinking about what I coulda, shoulda, woulda done differently. And instead, see the humor in the situation! Yep! “It is what it is”…it’s what turned MY disastrous dinner into a feast of laughter!

Psalm 30:11 NCV ~ You changed my sorrow into dancing. You took away my clothes of sadness, and clothed me in happiness.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Receiving Help in Those Painful Times

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Yesterday, someone was telling me about a time when they were hurt and how painful it was. He then asked me, “What is the most painful situation you’ve ever experienced?” If I thought in terms of physical, there were a couple situations that came to mind. One was when I ate a 3lb bag of carrots in a five hour meeting. They clogged up in my intestines and created non-stop gut wrenching cramps for a day and a half that were so painful, I thought I was going to die. I am embarrassed to tell that story but it seems so comical now!

In terms of life situations, there were many that suddenly came to mind which somewhat suprised me. I don’t dwell on the past and past hurts, but when asked, there they all were and there were many much to my surprise. None of them were funny! Each one was a time of tremendous heart ache. I wasn’t about to meditate on any of them as I had dealt with the pain of each time or circumstance with the help of the Lord and moved on. I wasn’t about to stir them up in my heart or mind. But, in trying to think quickly through the question, I realized that the worst heart pain of any of them was each of them at the moment I faced them. I also realized that almost each one of those difficult and painful times had to do with relationships. Quite often the hurt came from someone that was dear to me. It’s a funny thing. People, love, and relationships are what bring some of the greatest joys and the greatest sorrows to our lives.

As I look back through each of them, I thank God for Jesus being with me to help me through them. I had to deal with painful situations before I knew Jesus and after I knew Jesus. The ones I handled on my own before I knew Jesus, I handled so poorly I’d be embarrassed to talk about them. The painful situations I handled after I had Jesus in my life I handled so much better. I doubt I’ve ever dealt with difficult relational situations perfectly, but as I have matured in the Lord, I’ve quit making a fool of myself and operated in much more wisdom because I’ve let God’s Word teach me what to say or do, or not say or do. The Holy Spirit has helped me use restraint and not spew irrational or spiteful words that I’d regret. I’ve learned that you never have to wish you could take back words that you never say. The Holy Spirit has helped me with that.

In Matthew 1:23 we read this most precious verse about Jesus. It was spoken to Joseph by an angel concerning Mary who was pregnant with Jesus. "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." God was foretelling us that Jesus, the Savior of the world, would also be a God of great intimacy. He would be a God whose name described Him as “God with us.”

I am so thankful that in every joyful moment in life I know exactly who to thank – intimately thank, not only as my God and my Savior, but as my closest friend. And I am so very thankful that in every painful situation and moment, my God – Jesus, is with me! He is with me to comfort me, to help me, to lead, me, and to heal me from the pain that inevitably invades our life. God is with me!

When I was a young boy who didn’t understand Jesus except in a religious go-through-the-motions way, I always dreamed of knowing God in an intimate way. I am so thankful that God revealed to us that one of His names was Immanuel – God with us! He is with me to help me and He is with you now to help you! Joyful and painful times come and He is with us for both!

Hebrews 13:5 “…Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Christians United for Israel 2010 Washington Summit CBN Report



Our Senators and Congress are in support of Israel, but is President Obama?



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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Feeling Some Turtility?

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by Renee Burt

I wish I never had a “turtle day.” I feel like I’ve had two of them in a row, and the timing couldn’t be worse. But wait…first I should explain just what a “turtle day” is! It’s the kind of day when I feel like I should just pull my head inside my shell, and hide for awhile. Because typically, on “turtle days,” my words don’t come out right, and my thoughts feel a little more all-over-the-map than usual. So basically, I feel sorry for anyone stuck in a conversation with me…because frankly, I’m not enjoying listening to “me” either! It happens when I least expect it. And when it does? It can really rob me of my confidence, and make me feel like the shy little girl I was growing up.

Okay, so now you know what a “turtle day” is. So, back to WHY this is such a bad time for me to have two days in a row of “turtility” (the RB word for turtle futility from trying to make sense…but instead, sounding pretty senseless)! The reason is we’re spending the next few days in meetings with people from all over the United States. They’re people who I love and respect…and who I would love to have some meaningful conversations with. I think they’d like that…I know I’d like that. So what’s a turtle…I mean a girl…to do? I need to remind myself to get over myself…to not worry about what I’ll say. But to just be me…word slips, Renee-isms, and all! To not let myself play it safe, and just do a lot of smiling. But to come out of my shell and talk…as best as I can!

So I don’t know if I’ll wake up feeling turtley tomorrow morning or not. But what I do know is that I can only be me…I’m going to give it my best…but now, I better go get some rest!!

Luke 18:14 MSG ~ If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Why America Is Important to the World

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Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 12, 2010

God is Moving in Budapest Hungary


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At our church, we have what is called the Visitors Center. It’s location is just off of our main lobby and is where we ask our visiting guests to come to so we can greet them, welcome them, and thank them for coming. A couple of weeks ago, I met a wonderful couple visiting us from Budapest Hungary. The Lord led them to our church from New York. It was an amazing story. There English was very good and I had a fascinating time getting to know them.

They had told me that they came from a church that was very much like ours and as large as ours. I was amazed at that because I didn’t know there was a church of 10,000 people in Hungary. I asked them for their email address so I could communicate with them and send them an email shortly there after.

They sent me an email back today that said:

Dear Pastor Tim,
Thank you very much for your kind welcome, we really like your church! We spent nice time in Minneapolis and we went to see the city and the outskirts as well. On Sunday afternoon we participated in the 5th Service. It was also amazing! As we were looking at your website we could see how rich programmes you have in the church.

We are going to follow your Fresh Manna as well.

Now we are already back in Budapest. It was a really nice experience to be is the States for the first time. People are kind and friendly and one can feel the spirit of freedom.


Monika and Norbert also sent me the link to their church. Their church is remarkable and you will enjoy seeing it. It thrills my heart that there is such a strong Christian Church in Hungary. Check out Faith Church Budapest.

They also sent me a dance that the people in their church performed on Resurrection Sunday (Easter Sunday.) It’s called the Resurrection Sunday Dance. You have got to watch this and listen to the words! God is moving amongst all peoples of every tribe and every nation!

Acts 10:35 “In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, July 09, 2010

Roll with the Punches!

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by Renee Burt


I wish I could say that nothing ever bugs me anymore. I mean, really…I’m almost 55 years of age. Shouldn’t I have developed some kind of “inappropriate comments immunity” from years of exposure to statements that rub me the wrong way? At the very least, shouldn’t I have learned to train myself to “roll with the punches,” even when those punches are just words? Well, I have…for the most part! But the truth of the matter is that once in awhile, someone can say something that just gets past all the years of training…and any immunity I thought I had fails. And those words make me feel hot, they get under my skin, and it’s like I’m infected with an itch to say something back.

So what’s the remedy at times like those? It’s the one I just gave myself a few moments ago. It’s reminding myself that I don’t always get it right either. Sometimes I unintentionally say things that hurt someone. And at other times, I put my foot in my mouth and wind up saying something to make someone mad. And yes…at times, I even intentionally say something biting, or a little caustic or rude. It happens. I wish it didn’t, but when it does, I hope that someone will forgive me, even if they don’t feel like it.

So, truth be known, a few minutes ago, I didn’t really feel like forgiving that person. My “immunity” was down…but I’ve just injected myself with a healthy dose of God’s Word. And it’s taking hold…helping me to forgive…to roll with the punches…to remember that before day’s end, I may some of that same forgiveness myself!

Galatians 6:1 MSG ~ If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out.

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Benjamin Franklin: Signer of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence

Psalm 127:1 (NIV) "Unless the Lord builds the house,its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain."

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that "except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.

(Source: Benjamin Franklin, The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Jared Sparks, editor (Boston: Tappan, Whittemore and Mason, 1840), Vol. X, p. 297, April 17, 1787.)

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