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Friday, January 28, 2011

The Wise Don’t Jump to Conclusions

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Everybody got off the plane except one gentleman who was blind. Mr. Smith had noticed him as he walked by and could tell the blind man had flown before because his Seeing Eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of him throughout the entire flight.

The pilot approached the blind man, and calling him by name, said "Keith, we're in Sacramento for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?"

Keith replied, "No thanks, but maybe the dog would like to stretch his legs".

Now, picture this: All the people in the gate area came to a complete quiet standstill when they look up and see the pilot walk off the plane with the Seeing Eye dog! The pilot was even wearing sunglasses. People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!

Remember things aren't always as they appear.

John 7:24 “Stop judging by mere appearances so that your judgments are sound and accurate.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

“God is Greater Than Your Mistakes!”

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

1 John 3:20 (NLT) “…even if our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.”

If you are anything like me, then you have at times, felt like you have fallen short of how you feel you should live before the Lord. Conscientious people that wholeheartedly love God want so badly to live right before Him.

When Christians stumble again and again – even for years over things they desire to change in their attitude or behavior, they can easily fall into almost a self disgust and an erosion of confidence of God’s love and mercy toward them. I understand this but let me say this - God has not given up on you, so don’t give up on Him!

God wants us to know His will, wants our lives be centered around representing Him no matter what our lives or careers are about, and most of all, He wants us to develop and honest and pure heart – where we quit lying to ourself just so we can have our own way or get what we want. A pure heart is something God can and will use mightily despite one’s slip ups and mistakes. The verses I am going to focus on today are amazingly powerful in showing just how God will use us despite our mistakes.

God loved David’s pure heart. David wasn’t perfect by any means. There were times were he made serious mistakes or sin against God. But more than anything else, he was humble and not full of himself. He was full of God. He was awed by God’s love and mercy toward him. He did not take advantage of God’s mercy as an excuse to sin. When he sinned he humbled himself, was honest in admitting his wrong doing, and put himself at the mercy of God. When he was discouraged because of consequences his actions brought, he did not blame God or quit and turn from God. David trusted God. He counted his victories as victories that came because of God’s help. He did not try to take credit and claim personal glory. David was a powerful man who knew God was the source of every good thing in his life. David praised God, created songs of praise about God’s goodness and His hand being the source of David’s victory. And David taught those he mentored to follow and love God in this way. God loved David’s heart. And consequently, God used David mightily as he will us, despite our mistakes, if our hearts our sincere and pure toward Him. Now, let’s see how this worked out - God using this imperfect man with a pure heart. We see one of the most powerful examples of this in 2 Samuel.

Through the prophet Nathan, God made a powerful prophetic statement to David about his future that we read in 2 Samuel 7:12-13. “David, when your days are over and you rest with your fathers (when you die,) I will raise up your offspring (Solomon) to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.“

If we study these verses carefully, we see that God said, “I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body…” If you know the story of David, you know that he lusted after Bathsheba and had an affair with her. She then conceived David’s child that died. When God confronted David through the prophet Nathan about this sinful behavior, David did not deny it. He immediately and sincerely repented. The child Bathsheba was caring from David died. But later after David’s heart was right again, she bore him Solomon.

God knows the beginning from the end. When God first promised David his future blessing, He knew that David was going to miss it in his relationship with Bathsheba. When God made this statement to David through the prophet Nathan - “I will raise up your offspring to succeed you who will come from your own body…” God was foretelling that He would use David despite the future wrong choices and way he entered into his relationship with Bathsheba. He knew David would blow it and sin. Why could He still use David? He could because of David’s pure heart. David wasn’t evil. David wasn’t being rebellious against God. David just blew it by caving into lust. But, as I said, he didn’t deny it. He humbled himself and was sorrowful for it. He owned up to it. He was willing to suffer the consequences of his actions. He also knew God was merciful and prayed for God’s mercy. David had a pure heart. Consequently, God took the wrong choices he knew David would one day make and built his plan and foretold David’s destiny through Nathan – despite the mistakes He knew David would one day make.

What am I saying? When your heart is pure and you live a life purposed to do the right thing, God will keep moving and working mightily through your life - if you will keep your heart pure and try to stay close to Him, living your life for Him. You will blow it in life. God knows every mistake or sin you will ever commit. When you do, you can either own up and repent and turn from it, or you can become indifferent and blow God off to do things your way. You can get upset at God becoming one who blames God and others for your stubborn or rebellious ways, you can seek Him to turn from them. You can become one who quits and continues to go down the wrong path and lose God’s destiny for your life or, you can stay tender and keep doing the best you can knowing that God is greater than your mistakes! As today’s Fresh Manna verse says, “…even if our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.” If you keep your heart pure, when you blow it, you may face difficult circumstances, but God’s mercy is greater and His desire to use mightily like He did David and bless you is greater still!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 21, 2011

So Lucky to be an American - Baxter Black

I can't imagine this being said much better than this!
I believe it will bless you!







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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

His Plan and Our Destiny!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever heard anyone say something to the effect, “If I was God, I would have done things so completely different from how He did it!” Basically that person reduces God to their level and exposes the ignorance of their understanding of God.

What we will all one day fully understand is that God’s plan for all mankind is perfect. We will learn that in order for God to create a people that were not mindless robots, He had to create us with the gift of free will motivated by love. That meant He had to create mankind fallible, knowing that in giving us free will, we’d have the freedom to make wrong choices that might be wrongly motivated.

That is anything but a simple plan. It's a plan that only God could comprehend and manage. Intelligent Design studies shows the complexity and beauty of all things created. Man could not begin to scratch the surface of God’s intelligent, creative, and majestic design that we see in the human body, the earth, the stars, and in all things created by Him. The omnipotence of God’s greatness in all we can see and study, tells the sincerely honest man that God alone is God and is worthy of our trust.

God had a plan that is perfect with rules and regulations that He laid out in the Old Testament. Go and read them all. If everyone would have followed His rules perfectly, the world would make sense and run decently and in order. But, the very free will that God gave us presented us with the freedom to make wrong choices. You and I have both made more than our share of them. When we did, someone got hurt. Wrong choices hurt people. Thus, the world we live in is full of hurt.

When a person receives Jesus into His heart as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit of God comes to live within that person. They now have the Spirit of God helping them learn God’s ways so that they can make right choices. After Jesus died and rose from the dead to pay the punishment for our sins, the rule list was reduced to guidelines and instructions learning to walk after the Spirit and wrapped up in loving people with the love of God. James 2:8 says, "If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. Jesus taught His disciples, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." John 13:35

No, God did not make a mistake when He created the world. Nor did He create the pain that we feel in this world. If he just wipes out those that cause pain and injustice, then we get wiped out because we sometimes cause it.

We are far from perfect and none of us get everything right. But Jesus cleansed us of our sin and made us right with God. We know we fall short, but because of Jesus, we've been made clean in God's eyes. He’s equipped us with His Spirit to teach us right choices motivated from a heart of love for Him and others, and to influence and bless the lives around us with that love.

It is a perfect plan that for now seems very imperfect. Do you want to know what makes it seem more perfect? You and I walking out our destiny to love others with His love!

1 Cor. 13:12 (NLT) Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Hilarious Prayer From Senior Woman

Sometimes it's just good to have a laugh!
This should do the trick!

Enjoy this. She is deadpan hilarious!

Luke 11:2 (NLT) He said, "This is how you should pray..."



In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Preferring One Another

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Renee and work to schedule a couple times a year where we have "alone time." When we have our alone vacation time, we purpose to capture great quality time together. Whenever we've gone on vacations, I've had many opportunities to prefer Renee. By that I mean let her choose what to do and when to do it. When I am going about my normal work day, I am just doing what I need to do; making and keeping my own schedule. I am basically doing what I have in mind to do. When we have vacation together, it’s not just about me—it’s about we! We travel in the car together. We decide where we are going to take a vacation. We decide how we are going to spend each part of our day. There is a whole lot of “we” going on. Consequently, there is a whole lot of preferring going on. Having this much down time together reminded me that our marriage was built on a great deal of preferring to one another.

Prior to marrying Renee, my life was about me, myself, and I. I didn’t know Jesus. I was selfish and my own primary concern. I preferred others if it was convenient and probably if it helped me out in the plan. Learning about Jesus and how unselfish He was and then getting married helped open my eyes to how selfish I was. Having children really opened my eyes to how selfish I was. My life was no longer just going to be about what I wanted. God’s Word taught me to consider and prefer the needs of others before myself. Gosh, that was a long and painful road of learning and growing.

I eventually came to the place where I felt at times like my life was about putting everyone before me. I’m sure that wasn’t true, but it sure felt like it. When you are raising a family and working, those feelings can easily come. That was important for that season of life because as the head of my house and in order to love my family and others the way Jesus did, preferring others and putting others needs ahead of my own helped me mature. But, that season had passed for us because the children are grown and out of the house. Now Renee and I have decided to use this empty nest season to reach more people for the Lord.

That put each of us back in the mode of move fast and independently for a large percentage of what we do. Suddenly being alone together for this vacation helped me remember how important preferring her was. To be honest, it was a stretch. I didn’t get to do just what I wanted when I wanted. I deferred to her desires, thereby preferring her. She knew I was willing to do what she desired instead of just my own agenda. She responded to me in the same way. The end result was a flowing and fun vacation where we both enjoyed what we decided to do and did so unselfishly.

In saying this, I am not saying both of us didn’t feel this tug of the flesh and temptation to have things our own way. I know I did. I guess selfishness always tries to creep into our life at all times. Biting my tongue and the pain of selfishness usually only lasts for a minute unless I decide to sulk. If I do, I realize how far I’ve slipped backward. So preferring is good. It’s just sometimes that it hurts a little, but preferring one another reminds you that life is not just about you. It helps keep you in a healthy place.

Philippians 2:4 (The Message) Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Power to Defeat Bad Habits!


Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.”

When you accepted Jesus as your Savior, you became a free person. The Bible says previously you were a slave, a slave to sin. But when you accepted Jesus, you became the temple of the Holy Spirit and the power of God was placed within you. At that moment, you were freed from the power of sin. Sin no longer has power over you. Many Christians don’t know this truth and still think they are slaves to sin. The knowledge of this truth and your faith in it is what enables that power to work within you.

In John 8:34-35 Jesus taught, “I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family…” Jesus is talking about being in bondage to sin. He is saying that if you are still controlled by sin, then you still belong to Satan. This is where Satan comes in and says, “See, you aren’t saved because you still sin. You can’t stop. You aren’t in God’s family. You are my slave to sin.” You have to learn to rebuke this lying devil and learn to stand on God’s truth!

Do you know what the truth is? When you gave your life to Jesus, He set you free. Let me complete the rest of the verses we just read. John 8:34-35 “…A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.” Did you catch that? He said “a son is a part of the family forever.” Jesus is talking about being in His family. And He is talking about being a son or daughter, not a slave. Jesus goes on to say, “So if the Son (Jesus) sets you free, you will indeed be free!” (John 8:36)

What should you catch and learn from what Jesus just told you? Know that you are free from sin, no longer a slave to it because Satan no longer has power over you! You’re not because you have moved over from being a slave to Satan and sin, to becoming a child of God! Really? Yes! That’s why these verses are some of the most mind-blowingly powerful verses in the Bible. Galatians 4:3-7 says, “And that's the way it was with us before Christ came. We were slaves to the spiritual powers of this world. But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law (to sin,) so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because you Gentiles have become His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father. Now you are no longer a slave but God's own child. And since you are His child, everything He has belongs to you."

You may be battling some area of sin in your life. Satan has tried to facilitate that sin, then turn around and accuse you of it. He has lied to you and told you that it will disqualify you from Heaven, God’s love, and Jesus’ forgiveness. He has also told you that you will never overcome it. He does all this to keep you as his slave. This is a lie. You are not a slave! Today’s Fresh Manna verse says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.”

You have read that you aren’t a slave to sin. You are the son or daughter of God and free from sin. You have read that Jesus placed His Holy Spirit within you—the same Spirit that had the power to raise Christ from the dead! That’s power, and that is what you have within you as God’s child. You are not condemned! You are not a slave! You are washed. AND you are empowered to overcome sin by the power of God within you! You are free!

Years ago I was sharing this with a Christian woman who told me she didn’t want to smoke but couldn’t stop. I took her through these verses and asked her to think about them and pray to God about them every day. I also told her to say this every time she lit up: “Satan, you are a liar. I am not in slavery to this cigarette—you are. Misery loves company and you want my company, but you don’t have it. I am a child of God. I am free. I have the Spirit of God in me. Nothing has power over me. Jesus has set me free. You’ll spend eternity in the lake of fire, but I will spend eternity with Jesus. I rebuke and reject you in Jesus name.”

I told her, “In six months you’ll come to me and tell me you quit.” I was wrong. She came to me in less than three months. “Whom the son sets free is free indeed!”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Part 3: God Will Make You Valuable: Success Through Execution

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

If you missed Part One of this, you can read it online at my website.

Click here for Part Two

We’ve been talking about “self-motivated” people. They are often esteemed and valued. They are often perceived as those who can figure things out, those who can get the job done, and those you can count on. But are they really “self” motivated? A self-motivated person is really a person motivated by inward desires that may be invisible to those observing, but passionately fueled and refueled by this pursuit of a desired outcome—something that can be true of anyone.

Desires from within are what shape and give strength and passion to a self-motivated person. Those desires are the developed imaginations that have become their vision and blueprint for what they are motivated toward, whether good or bad. There are highly motivated people that work toward evil outcomes from wrong motives and there are highly motivated people that work for good and godly outcomes born of good and godly motives. As a Christian, God’s purpose and direction have to become the center of motivation. We have God’s promise to help us with that. Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart's desires.”

Imagination—letting God fill your heart with a desired outcome—is something He will give you. The more you give time to reading, praying, and seeking God to order the steps of your life, the more He will fill the imagination of your heart. Imagining is what visionaries do. They begin to get a clear mental image of something in their heart. They don’t stop with that image. They continue meditating until they see a blueprint in their mind that becomes clear, and then they begin to execute it. Your imagination is a gift from God, and it was given to you to imagine the things He leads you by His Spirit in.

When it comes to making changes in your life, it all begins with desires and imaginations. You have to ask yourself, “What does God want my current day-to-day life to look like? What changes does He want me to make now? Don’t just think lofty goals. Think practical! Think in terms of your daily lifestyle. Then you can think, “What does He want me to pursue in the big picture?” Let the Lord fill your imagination with those answers. Let the good things God shows you begin to replace the unprofitable things that eat up and waste your life. Meditate on them and once they become clear, write them down and prioritize them in the order that you’ll work on them. Spend a great deal of time imagining how you would literally walk them out. Think through each one.

Ask yourself: What is the blueprint for each of these priorities? Is one a diet? Imagine it. What has blown up your past efforts that you can do differently this time? What is your preparation necessary to make sure it works this time? Do you need to get rid of all the sweets in your house? Do you need some healthy vegetables bought, cleaned, and laid out in a bowl ready to snack on instead? Do you need to pack a healthy lunch? Do you need to set up even a small exercise routine of 15 minutes that you can do at a time of day you can execute it? This all takes serious imagining. God is in the details. This is where the Lord creates true God-given desires and the ability to think out how you will execute them successfully.

Don’t rush to begin the things the Lord shows you. Instead, take what He shows you and pray over them. Ask the Lord to help prepare your heart to do them right. Meditate on it. Let your imagination fill up with you seeing yourself execute it. One day you will get so filled up with desire to do them, you won’t be able to hold yourself back. That’s what desires do. They create motivation to do! No matter what is on your list, each one should be thought over in your mind and imagination again and again, just as though you were doing it. You will find that it’s like stoking a fire. Motivation begins to build!

Finally, I am about to share with you a secret, one that I am sure that worldly people understand and charge great deals of money for. They may not know that it originated from God, but they know it works. It works because God created it. The secret is this: You have to keep this image and plan before the eyes of your mind and heart continuously. This is the same principle that God gave us for walking out His word. In the verses you are about to read, you will see that God is telling them to find ways to keep His word in front of them at all times: read it, think on it, talk about it, teach it.

Deut. 11:18-20 (NLT) “So commit yourselves completely to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates…”

When I pursued creating the commercial infant changing table that is in public restrooms, every aspect of it was on my mind constantly. My priority list was my spiritual growth, my marriage, my parenting, being the kind of employee the airline I worked at would want as a manager, serving in my church, and building this dream of a commercial infant changing table for public restrooms. I had a vision and blueprint in my heart for each of these and this is all I had time for. These things were all I let occupy my thoughts and time. I thought about, talked about, prayed about, taught on, and continually imagined these things. My motivational fires were continuously stoked.

What helped purify my motivation for each of these was this: "And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men." Colossians 3:23 This is what creates a motivated person of great value—what you were created to be!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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