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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


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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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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Building a Culture of Expectation for our Youth to Become Leaders

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by Pastor Tim Burt

In the United States of America, there is an expectation within almost all teenagers. They have an expectation that when the reach the age of driving—whether that be 16 or 17 years old, depending upon the state—that they will take their driver’s test and get their driver’s license. When they get close to that age they start thinking about it more and more until they actually begin to prepare for it. The majority of teens have this expectation because it’s a part of the American culture. When you get old enough, you get your driver’s license. It is culture that produced this expectation.

Most other countries do not have this expectation because it is not a part of their culture. So, culture can help produce expectation.

We are lacking an expectation in the body of Christ whom God calls His church. We should have an expectation of growing up spiritually and maturing to become Christian leaders. The Jewish people built that into their culture and at times have had a high expectation of it throughout their history. But if culture does not promote and put demands on it for whatever reason, that expectation can fade and die.

In Ephesians 4:14-15, God reveals that He wants Christians—His children to spiritually grow up. It’s considered dysfunctional if children don’t grow up to mature and be a functioning part of society. The same is true in the body of Christ. God wants us to grow up and not remain spiritual infants all our life. In His desire for us to grow up He says, “Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth Instead, speaking the truth in love, WE WILL IN ALL THINGS GROW UP INTO HIM, who is the Head, that is, Christ.”

How do we spiritually grow up? We read God’s word prayerfully and let the Holy Spirit teach our hearts what God wants—over time purging our lives of sinful and carnal behaviors and attitudes and instead becoming more and more like Jesus. We find a local church that teaches the Bible and the message of salvation by grace, and then plant ourselves there to help make it a strong church by getting involved. Through our service to others in the local church and to those we experience day-to-say, we let God unveil our gifts and talents as they are pulled upon. As we read the word of God we should cultivate supernatural expectation that everything He promised, He will do. Faith and expectation in His promises to bless and help you live for Him in any situation is what helps us grow up and mature. As we grow up and accept responsibility, leadership and wisdom is formed within us and we begin to become the leaders God desires us to become. If children and teens were groomed with expectation to grow up and become leaders and take their place of serving and leadership in the body of Christ, the culture of the body of Christ would become rich and this world would be changed!

There was a man in Jesus’ day who was a religious leader. But he was different from the other leaders. He believed God’s Word and promises and knew God was sending the Messiah. He lived in expectation of God’s promises. That made him different from every other religious leader he lived alongside of. He was watchful, prayerful, and waiting for Jesus. And consequently, when Jesus came, where few other religious leaders knew who Jesus really was, this man did. His actions and faith stood out and the Lord recorded him in the history of the Bible. His name was Joseph of Arimathea.

Luke 23:50 (Message Bible) “There was a man by the name of Joseph, a member of the Jewish High Council, a man of good heart and good character. He had not gone along with the plans and actions of the council. His hometown was the Jewish village of Arimathea. He lived in ALERT EXPECTATION of the kingdom of God. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Taking him down, he wrapped him in a linen shroud and placed him in a tomb chiseled into the rock, a tomb never yet used. It was the day before Sabbath, the Sabbath just about to begin.”

The body of Christ needs leaders like Joseph—men and women that understand they are to “grow up” and “do the work of the ministry.” Christianity needs to create great expectation among our youth to grow up as leaders in the body of Christ. But before that can happen, adults need to have that expectation within themselves. They need to have expectation that God is with them, for them, and will help transform them to become the leaders of today—leaders that will begin to produce that expectation. Then we will see that culture of expectation seep down into our youth!

Do you have expectation of God working in and through you? Do you understand you were created to be a leader and it’s NEVER to late to grow up and walk toward that goal? Do you understand that the path to leadership is a vibrant life with Christ, taking your part in the body of Christ by first becoming a follower and servant? What will be the end result? A culture of expectation for leadership with the joy of knowing “…I will build my church; and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 08, 2010

A lesson from an otter!?!


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by Renee Burt


Today, I took my granddaughter to the MN Zoo for the day. It was a beautiful fall day, so we took our time and enjoyed all of the animal exhibits! After walking for nearly four hours, we were finally nearing the end when we passed by a tank for the sea otters. And since one of the otters was swimming close by the observation area, we decided to stop and see just ONE MORE animal. And I’m so glad we did, because the funniest thing happened. The otter followed me, as I walked next to the glass…almost like a dog follows his master. I thought it was maybe my imagination…but then I ran in one direction. And he chased me. So I tried running the other way…and he chased me again. So THEN, I stopped midway, and ran the opposite direction to try to trick him. And HE stopped midway, and chased me back again.

Well, this went on for about 15 minutes. I tried to stop, but he’d just stop and stare at me…waiting. And when I’d finally run and play with him again? He’d get excited, do a flying jump out of the water, and then chase me down again. I hated to finally walk away, because this otter had warmed my heart…seriously! It was absolutely the most unique and fun moment I’ve ever had at a zoo.

And the thing that struck me in the end? How much God must love it when OUR entire focus is on Him…when we act like there’s nothing more important than following after Him…when we act absolutely jump-up-and-down excited when He does something for us that we hope He’ll do…I believe that warms His heart too. A lesson learned…from an otter…will it change me? It sure otter!!

Psalm 63:7-8 AMP ~ For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice. My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You…

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Biblical Comparison of Democrats and Republicans Party Platforms in Their Own Words

A national party platform is a document produced every four years by the representatives of a political party during it's national convention to nominate a presidential candidate. The platform declares to the public that party's vision, beliefs and values, and its legislative plan and policy positions on important issues of the day.

Click here to see the political party comparison of Democrats and Republican in their own words!

http://www.wallbuilders.com/resources/misc/Platforms.pdf

Thursday, October 07, 2010

"You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Please think about this verse - the Words of Jesus - in the relation to the article below. You decide!

Matthew 25:29 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.

college professor with class

As the late Adrian Rogers said, "you cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".

All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.
The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

It could not be any simpler than that.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Part 2 -Meaningful Fasting and Prayer

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When it comes to fasting and praying, I think that most people think wrong or have been taught wrong in their approach to it. I would like to help share with you what I believe is truly one of the best ways to approach fasting and prayer and why.

Sadly, most people think of fasting as simply giving up something, not something they really want to do but do out of some religious obligation and consequently half hearted and with no real purpose. So, what is the point of fasting and prayer? I shared some of the reasons yesterday but on a personal level, it is first and foremost for the purpose of hearing from God so that you can obey God. And then so that you can influence the lives of others through your prayers. Follow the fasting of Jesus and you will see that this is true.

John 8:28-29 says, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will realize that I am He and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak what the Father taught me…. For I always do those things that are pleasing to Him."

We live in a world of temptation that continually seduces us into things we shouldn’t do and excesses in things that might be okay if done in moderation. During a good fast, you withdraw from things that steal from your relationship with or obedience to God. That might be food or forms of pleasure or behavior that really have nothing to do with the plan of God for your life and that rob your time to live meaningfully for Him. Times of fasting and prayer help us escape patterns of life we’ve become addicted to or stuck in and help us receive supernatural awareness, help, and grace to break out and become free to love and follow after God.

The approach to simply taking something out of your life can confuse you. If a person suddenly stopped doing something that they knew wasn’t good such as smoking cigarettes, they run into a dilemma. Now what do I fill this time with? There are habits that form around habits and they all come in to play when you are trying to break the worst of them. People often fill those times with something else that could be worse in the long run. This is why people gain weight when quitting smoking. They trade one excess for another. Jesus described it like this. "When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, 'I will return to the person I came from.' So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and clean. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before."(Luke 11:24-26)(NLT)

When you begin to fast, ask God what you should eliminate. At the same time, ray about what God wants you to add to you life. This is the key to a successful fast because it will result in real life change that is pleasing to God. By adding what God wants, you have to squeeze out something else. In relation to the scriptures I just showed you, now you are cleaning the house and filling it, not leaving it empty for boredom, confusion, and the reverting right back to the same old habits or worse.

If you decide to get up earlier for Bible reading and prayer, then you might have to squeeze out that last hour of watching television or whatever you’ve been doing and get to bed an hour earlier. This is where the work of the fast comes in and where you need God’s strength to accomplish this change. Jesus said “Your heart is willing but your flesh is weak.” His answer to the strength you need is praying “God please give me the grace moment by moment to actually make this change.” You know what? He will!

Prayer and fasting is usually a combination of life change and seeking God to make those changes, AND seeking God to pray for and be a blessing to others. When you do this, then you have had an effective fast that will last and help you live more obediently to God.

In closing, I think you can see what I am saying through these powerful verses on fasting.

Isaiah 58:5-14 (NLT) You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like a blade of grass in the wind. You dress in sackcloth and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the Lord? "No, the kind of fasting I want calls you to free those who are wrongly imprisoned and to stop oppressing those who work for you. Treat them fairly and give them what they earn. I want you to share your food with the hungry and to welcome poor wanderers into your homes. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. "If you do these things, your salvation will come like the dawn. Yes, your healing will come quickly. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the Lord will answer. 'Yes, I am here,' he will quickly reply. "Stop oppressing the helpless and stop making false accusations and spreading vicious rumors! Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as day. The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Your children will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as the people who rebuild their walls and cities. "Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don't pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the Lord's holy day. Honor the Lord in everything you do, and don't follow your own desires or talk idly. If you do this, the Lord will be your delight. I will give you great honor and give you your full share of the inheritance I promised to Jacob, your ancestor. I, the Lord, have spoken!"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 01, 2010

Need a place to retreat?

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by Renee Burt


Yesterday, I went over to my mom and dad’s house to help with some of the last minute details that needed to get done before they make the big move…from the home they’ve lived in for the past 40 years to a condominium. It’s been a move that my siblings and I have been encouraging them to make for years. So I’ve felt nothing but excitement…until yesterday, when I saw that my old bedroom had been emptied of my bed, dresser and all the knick knacks of my youth.

I felt a wave of nostalgia…I mean, who wouldn’t? And one of the things I remembered was how many times I had retreated to that bedroom, when I felt sad, scared or upset. It was a safe, quiet, comforting place to cry my tears and have space to sort out my feelings. I was thankful to have had that room all those years. But how much more thankful am I that no matter where I live, no matter how old I get…I’ve found a place to retreat to that will never be sold, that I’ll never outgrow, and that I don’t have to travel to get to.

And just so you know it’s not just my own private place! So have YOU felt like crying lately…or needed a quiet place to sort out your feelings? Do you sometimes wish you had a place to retreat to? The place I’ve found has more than enough space for both of us…for all of us! So come on in and join me…the door is wide open!

Psalm 71:1-3 MSG ~ I run for dear life to God….Do what you do so well: get me out of this mess and up on my feet. Be a guest room where I can retreat; you said your door was always open! You’re my salvation…


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