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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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