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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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