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Monday, October 31, 2011

Running YOUR Race!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

I was reading some rules for a race today. One of the rules said this: Once a race has begun, each team is responsible for remaining in the center of their respective lane until they cross the finish line. A team that wanders outside their lane into another lane may be "disqualified." As I read that, it made me think about this:


Don’t you hate it when you want to do your best to live Christ-like and yet old ungodly and fleshly habits creep back into your life? And one that we all hate in our self is when we act like we’ve been appointed to be a part of a commission to observe someone else’s life to decide whether what they are or are not doing is acceptable to you and everyone else.

You may even go so far as to take it upon yourself to either give them your unasked for opinion or at least enter into a discussion with others about what you think they are or are not doing right in their life.

Luke 6:41-42 MSG says it like this. "It's easy to see a smudge on your neighbor's face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, 'Let me wash your face for you,' when your own face is distorted by contempt? It's this I-know-better-than-you mentality again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your own part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”

God didn’t assign any of us to decide how another person should walk out their God-given path or the day-to-day details of their life. He didn’t because a) it’s not our business – it’s between them and God, and b) it takes all of our focus, energy, and time just to walk out our own path before God in the best we can.

We should be like a runner on an Olympic track keeping our eyes on OUR path and being careful not to wander into the lane next to us getting our self disqualified from the race. We must focus on running our best race as we represent Jesus in this life!

II Timothy 2:14-15 MSG ~ Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God's people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. Concentrate on doing your best for God…

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Destined for Great things? Who Me?

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 teaches us that God will reveal things to His own - Christians, that the rest of the world will never really know or understand. He says, "No mere man has ever seen, heard, or even imagined what wonderful things God has ready for those who love the Lord. But we (Christians – those who have committed their life to Christ) know about these things because God has sent His Spirit to tell us, and His Spirit searches out and shows us all of God's deepest secrets."

Part of God's phenomenal plan and one of His great secrets that He reveals to us is that He takes ordinary people like you and me and calls us kings and priests in the earth. Rev. 5:10 says, “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth." “Reign on earth.” Doesn’t that sound powerful? But what does it mean?

Look around you. Is it difficult to see the demonic forces of Satan working in the earth? Can’t you see the greed, destruction, corruption, and evil that has invaded this earth? There will be a time where God will deal with these demonic forces once for all. But at this time, as a king you take authority in prayer over these invading forces. You cast down evil imaginations. You cast out fear. You know who you are in Christ. You pray in faith knowing that God is working on your behalf. As a priest, you are able to learn, know, and discern God’s will and be the priest of encouragement to your family and the world around you. That has everything to do with your destiny.

It is easy for you to look in the mirror, see your own shortcoming, be aware of your sins and failings, and think, “How could I ever be used of God?” The truth is, every person God ever used had major shortcomings and failings, all while they were being used by God. Your life is and will be a process of learning and practicing to become more Christ-like. But God has already received you and washed your sins away and made you righteous in His eyes. It can be so difficult to put your arms around that kind of love can’t it? Nonetheless, it’s true! Despite your shortcomings—it’s one of the secret truths of God—He’ll use you, even though you feel unworthy and inadequate. And if you will spend the time with Him, He’ll speak to you through His Word every day as His priest to give you a work of encouragement for yourself, and one that will also encourage someone who needs it in the course of your day. Be aware of that and you are walking in your destiny!

Isaiah 50:4 (NLT) “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 wakens me and opens my understanding to His will.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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What People are Saying About Pastor Tim and Fresh Manna

I have received literally thousands of comments emailed to me regarding Fresh Manna and how it's helped people in their walk with God, and speak to their hearts that day. I want to thank all of the readers and their kind comments and Praise God for the privilege to touch people with His love.

Here is small sampling of what others are saying . . .

Dear Pastor Tim,
Your daily dose of Scripture and personal messages are just what I need and I have shared Fresh Manna with others. It really speaks to each one of us personally, no matter where we are in our walk of faith. THANK YOU!!

Dear Pastor Tim,
Just a note to say thank-you for your diligent work on " fresh Manna" It truly is a faith building message everyday. my wife and I both appreciate you and Renee. We would not be the people and Parents that we are today without the two of you! Have a blessed day.

Pastor Tim,
I just want to let you know how precious your words of Fresh Manna are to me. If I didn't know better, everyday this week I could believe that your words were directly aimed at me and the things going on in my life. It's very evident that the Holy Spirit is working in your life. Thank you for your faithfulness in all that you do - the time you spend on Fresh Manna touches my life and so many others in a wonderful way!

Pastor Tim:
Thanks for taking the time to send us messages each day. I have benefited greatly from several of your messages which God has used to speak to me about a particular concern that I had been praying about at exactly that time. In addition to God's direct speaking to me, I love to be able to simply spend a few short minutes in the Word every morning and you have made this so very convenient for all of us, thank you for your ministry.

Pastor Tim,
Your Fresh Manna today was awesome.Thank you, Pastor Tim, for faithfulness to God through this ministry.

Pastor Tim,
I sincerely appreciate your obedience to God in walking out the Fresh Manna path he is leading you on. Every day is blessed when the Word has first place in my life, and your obedience to the call He's given you has been instrumental in planting the Word in my heart.

Dear Pastor Tim,
Thank you so much for today's Fresh Manna. I have really been feeling overwhelmed and overly busy lately. I felt the Lord speaking directly and clearly to me through today's Fresh Manna. I love waking up and reading Fresh Manna everyday. It really keeps me going (and gets me going). I'm so thankful for your obedience to the promptings and leadings of the Holy Spirit that we may be so blessed by your wonderful gifts, Pastor Tim. Thank you for ministering into mine and Jon's lives daily. God bless you!

Pastor Tim,
You don't know who I am but I thought you need to know that what you are doing is AWESOME! I am a busy teacher and I appreciate your efforts EVERYDAY to further my growth in the Lord. Thanks for your commitment and consistency. I hope you get as much out of it as I do . . .

Pastor Tim,
Again, this is an awesome teaching. It really ministered to me . . .

Pastor Tim,
Wow...excellent fresh manna....just wanted to let you know that I very much appreciate each day the fresh manna that you provide. It is amazing how when you are going through difficulty, how God speaks to your situation whether it be the Bible, the inward witness, an encouraging word from someone else, or a daily dose of fresh manna . . .

Pastor Tim,
Every time I read your Fresh Manna I receive direction from the Holy Spirit. I feel at times that the Holy Spirit has been working on me in a part of my life but my heart was not as open as it should be to hear clearly what He has for me. Your Fresh Manna helps to open my heart . . .

Pastor Burt,
I am once again amazed at your gift of speaking to my heart . . .

Pastor Tim,
Thanks for being so real with all of us Manna readers, it take guts to tell everyone how your really feeling . . .

Pastor Tim,
. . . as always you are so on with your manna & your timing is outstanding . . .

Pastor Tim,
I just wanted to thank you for Fresh Manna; I look forward to reading it every morning when I arrive at work. I also thank you for your dedication in writing and sending this to everyone 6 days a week! Your messages and insight give me encouragement as well as educate me . . .

Pastor Tim,
Thank You so much for all your wisdom. I feel very fortunate to be able to read your devotions each day, and I look forward to having them lift my spirit, if need be, and also, they help me learn the bible verses better. I have done limited bible study in my life, so far. I am happy to be a part of your list. Thank you so much . . .

Pastor Tim,
Speaking of giving honor to whom honor is due, thank you for your faithfulness in sharing your daily manna and everything else you do . . .

Pastor Tim,
Your ministry through Fresh Manna is one of the blessings that has touched my life this year. Thank you for your tireless effort. You remind of Dr. Tsion Ben-Judah in the Left Behind series. I look forward to your daily messages . . .

Pastor Burt,
I just wanted you to know how extremely timely your word from the Lord is. You are right on . . .

Pastor Tim,
. . . thank you for sharing such honest and compassionate feelings about your marriage to your lovely lady . . . it takes a lot love and guts to do that and I have the greatest love and respect for you in doing that . . . I know the LORD is there in your life . . . Praise God for People like you . . .

Pastor Tim,
I am really Blessed by reading Fresh Manna. It is amazing how I would be pondering stuff the night before, and Fresh Manna will give me the answer the following day . . .

Pastor Tim,
Just wanted to drop you a short eNote To say how much I enjoy receiving the ministry of Fresh Manna each day. Such a blessing to me. I appreciate your sharing personal experiences with the readers . . .

Pastor Tim,
Thank you so much! You helped answer many of the things that I have struggled with about faith . . .

Dear Pastor Tim,
I can't thank you enough for sending this manna today! It's exactly what I asked God for this morning! He is so faithful, and I'm so glad that you are, too . . .

Pastor Tim,
Thanks for being "radical" and continuing to inspire that radical active fire God baptized me/us into . . .

Pastor Tim,
Everyday I most look forward to your email. So do several people I fwd it to. Then we chat about it. You have no idea the number of people you touch - and the ways in which you touch them. The other interesting thing is - when we seem to be dealing with something - you end up writing on it in your manna. God is funny like that . . .


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Just for Fun: Crazy Grandma Photos - Funny!


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Monday, October 24, 2011

The Power of Praying in Tongues

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Why is it that people have such a hard time admitting that they need help? Is it for reasons of pride – the very stumbling block that caused Satan himself to fall? We do need help in this life and God knows it. And God has given us gifts to help us!

When a person receives Jesus as his/her Savior, they enter into a new relationship with God. Jesus called it being “born again” (John 3:3) Upon receiving Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to live within you. He does so to help you see life through God’s eyes. He makes the scriptures come alive like a letter written to you! The Apostle Paul describes one’s new life like this: “What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

We live in a defiled world of sin that works to drag you down and negatively influence you. We need God’s help to live a whole-hearted Christian life. You can admit that can’t you? To that end, God offers His help – supernatural help – through supernatural gifts called the “gifts of the Holy Spirit.” It’s amazing how many people who call themselves Christians knowing nothing about these gifts and yet the Apostle Paul said, “Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.” (1 Cor. 12:1)

1 Cor. 14:1 tells us to “desire spiritual gifts.” We find the gifts in 1 Cor. 12:7-11. For this short devotion, I am focusing on just the gift of tongues. “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all...different kinds of tongues…”

There are a number of books written on the gifts of the Spirit but much of what is written is written by men that have never experienced them. They write against what they don’t understand. They teach that spiritual gifts were something for the early church and don't exist today. They write from a theological view - trying to understand them from their head rather than their heart and through experience. They write about them but really don't know what they are talking about. They've never opened their heart to them. And they blatantly overlook the Apostle Paul's directive in 1 Corinthians 14:39 "... and forbid not to speak with tongues." Babies are a fact of life but ladies, will a man ever really understand what it is like to be pregnant and deliver a child? Not like you can. Experience does matter!

If you’ve read different epistles by the Apostle Paul, you would have noticed that he often talked about his consistent prayers for the different churches he planted. I assure you that Paul wasn't praying some recited prayers from a prayer book. He knew what Jesus taught in Mat 6:7."And when you pray, do not pray vain repetitions like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many prayers." Repetition of the same prayers over and over is called vain repetition. Paul didn't do that. What did he do? He prayed in the Spirit and he did so often. "I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you." (1 Cor 14:18)

In church Paul taught that it was important to communicate with words in the common language that people understood. But beyond the four walls of the church he prayed in tongues more than anyone. Why? Because He needed help! He didn’t know what to pray. He didn’t know what the people needed. He didn’t know how to meet their needs. He didn’t have the capacity personally to meet their needs. But he knew that God did! And so he yielded himself to the Holy Spirit to pray though him in unknown tongues.

You can only pray so far with your human understanding before you begin to repeat yourself over and over. There is so much that God knows that needs to be prayed that you don’t know. Praying in tongues is yielding yourself to be a vessel for the Holy Spirit to pray through. Paul appreciated and thanked God for this gift. He understood his own limitations. He abandoned his pride and got out of the way. He prayed in the Spirit more than anyone. "I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you." (1 Cor 14:18)

This gift has dimensions greater than simply praying for others. It prays the perfect will of God and edifies you in the process. 1 Cor. 14:4 (NLT) says it like this, “A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally in the Lord…”

This is why I am so thankful for all of the gifts of God, but especially that gift of tongues. Not only does it help me pray out the perfect will of God, but it also builds me up! I don’t know how a Christian makes it through life without this precious gift from God!

1 Cor. 14:2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.”

Jude 1:20 (NIV) “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Just for Fun: Not Guilty???




Numbers 32:23 "...you may be sure that your sin will find you out."


NO, I HAVEN'T SEEN YOUR LIPSTICK!

Why would you even ask me that?
I am so insulted!
Every time something goes missing around here,
everyone looks at me!

























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Monday, October 17, 2011

My Help To Understanding Women

The book "Understanding Women"
has finally arrived in book stores:



Just kidding ladies, hope you still love me! You are all a gift to us men!



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Friday, October 14, 2011

Will You Sign My Toga?

Today's Fresh Manna
is written by my son-in-law
Daniel Gutierrez
I hope it is a blessing to you!


Will You Sign My Toga?

I feel like I’m surrounded by Bible characters. Living breathing people whose stories of redemption and grace amaze me like the stories of old do.

I have some friends who just had a baby boy a few days ago. And that might sound routine and quite common if it weren’t for the backdrop of their incredible story of beauty from ashes. The story is theirs to tell, but suffice it to say that this was not how conventional wisdom would have wagered it would end.

This marvelous event has me thinking about the characters of old. And I wonder if they are watching from heaven. Here we are inspired by what God did in their lives, and there they are inspired by watching what God is doing in ours.

I used to think we’d get to heaven and find the “giants” of the faith sitting behind product tables like celebrities do at the mall’s media store, signing portraits of their Biblical feats for those who were new to the block.

But now I wonder if it will be more like a greeting of mutual delight, like a tweet-up where twitter friends get together for the first time. A reunion of friends who feel connected even though they’ve never met in person.

I wonder if they watch our lives like we watch suspense. Generous portions of butter popcorn in hand, watching attentively as you go through that low point in life, that disillusionment, that tragedy that kicked your teeth out.

Baited breath. Nail Biting. Urging us in soft whispers, “Hang in their buddy.” …”Don’t let go.”… “Just look up, He is right there.”

I wonder if they, too, throw their hands up in their air and cheer loudly when the night turns into dawn and they see the Liberator, the Savior, our Hero, Jesus revealed yet again, and his grace having been manifest as sufficient, his love being declared unending. I wonder if the most macho among them tries to hide the tears when a tough story ends in the arms of Life.

Perhaps they have better things to do, but then again we might say the same thing about us. But an inspiring story is a sticky thing and always hard to look away from.

And like I said, I feel like I’m surrounded by inspiring stories.

When my friends Mitch and Annie arrive in heaven, I wonder if they’ll be shocked. I wonder if they’ll get asked, “Will you sign my toga?” by some of the greats of old.

“I was rooting for Jesus as I was cheering you on!”

“I caught a glimpse when no one on earth could see you – when you were tired, burnt-out, alone, and afraid. I saw when you found the strength to give up and allow him to become your champion, when you opened your heart up to Grace and began to believe in his love.”

And I wonder if, as my friends say, “I’ve been longing to meet you, Apostle Paul,” that they’ll be surprised when he says back, “The feeling is quite mutual.”

More by Daniel Gutierrez

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Greatest Day of my Life

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Rev. 12:11 “They overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony”

Although I was brought up in a religious home, I had never in my 24 years of life, opened a Bible. But then one day I did and my entire world changed.

I was 24 years old and a flight attendant for a major airline. I was working a flight from Hawaii to San Francisco when I met this very unique and special person - a married, very kind flight attendant. I met new flight attendants most every time I worked a flight, but Sharon was special. She was interesting to talk to and had one of the most fun personalities of any person I had ever flown with. I was attracted to her but not in the romantic sense. She was sweet, bubbly, fun, intelligent, confident – truly a unique individual. I found myself wanting to engage in conversation with her.

The crew we were working with was continuing on to Minneapolis. Sharon and I had scheduled layovers in San Francisco that night. In a transportation van taking us to the hotel, she had encouraged me to watch this special television show that was going to be on. It was a Billy Graham special. I had heard his name before but didn't know who he was or what the show would be about.

When I had got to my hotel room, I forgot the name of the show she told me to watch so I called her room to ask her again. When I had her on the phone I found myself asking her a question. "Sharon, you are one of the most joyful people I have ever met. What makes you so happy?" Before she answered, she asked me a question. She said, "Tim, do you believe in God?" I told her I did. She asked me what I believed. I proceeded to give her the biggest bunch of mumbo jumbo baloney that you've ever heard in your life. I shared all my religious philosophy with her for 45 minutes. I'm surprised she didn't hang up or throw up. Instead she patiently listened to what I said.

I then asked her what she believed. She asked me to go to the night stand next to my bed and inside the drawer; I’d find a Gideon Bible. As I pulled it out, she said she’d pull out the one in her night stand. She told me to turn to a book, chapter, and verse. I didn’t know what she was talking about as I had never cracked a Bible in my life. The Bibles were the same so she directed me by page number, told me how to find chapters and verses and proceeded to help me turn from verse to verse. She had me read the verses out loud and then explained what they meant. I felt like I was on fire as the words seemed to come alive and speak to me. She expounded on verses about God’s love, about sin and how God would forgive me of all my sins through Jesus Christ.

When she was done talking, somehow inside I knew I had been deceiving myself with all my philosophies and religious bunk. I knew I had just heard the truth. I knew that I didn’t really know anything about God but that she did. I knew that she knew the truth and very much belonged to God.

She asked me if I wanted to go to Heaven. I responded “Of course. Who doesn’t want to go to Heaven? But what could I do? I know I was on my way to Hell. I hadn’t been living the way I should?” She asked me if I would like to become "saved" and give my life to Christ. I didn't know what that meant but again she patiently explained. Together over our hotel room telephones, she led me in a prayer and I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior and forgive me of all my sins. From that moment, something within me had changed. I didn’t mention this earlier, but I smoked a lot of pot back then. I was higher than a kite when I called her. The moment I had prayed that prayer, I was immediately sober. I knew something had changed. With the hotel stationary, I wrote her a note thanking her for spending the time helping me with my questions and praying with me. I told her I felt different but couldn’t find the words to explain how. I didn’t know what was happening to me.

There are countless stories of what happened from there, but let me sum it up by saying, that my life completely changed. I didn’t get “religion.” I began to experience a real and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and my life completely and utterly changed. Every desire I ever had for life came to pass as I read and learned my Bible, discovered how God wanted me to live, and began to live my life for Him. For those reasons, this was the greatest day of my life. And the journey continues…

2 Cor. 5:17-21 (NLT) ‘What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun! All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ's ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, "Be reconciled to God!" For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”

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In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 10, 2011

A Trap to Avoid

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Many years ago, I invented the world’s first commercial fold down infant changing table that you see on walls in public restrooms everywhere today. It was a hard road to get it done and except by the grace of God, I wouldn’t have.

On two different occasions, two very unethical people tried to take credit for my invention - even publishing statements saying so. I could have sued them for it because the patent records verified that it was my invention and that I was the original creator. But the Lord would minister to me at these times about pride – to not let it knock me off course. I didn’t want others to take credit for something He had given me. In those times, the Lord would help and comfort me. “You know you invented it. The records clearly show you did. You could win in court. But the chase will damage you. And it will happen over and over again." He wanted me to stay focused on the business at hand while continuing my love walk and not allow bitterness to develop toward such unethical people. The Lord helped me see that in trying to constantly chase down and stop unethical people, I would become bitter and it would knock me of course and it would ultimately damage my relationship with God and weaken my Christian walk. By the grace of God, I succeeded in keeping my heart right.

Do you ever feel like you have to prove yourself to others in one way or another? I think it happens more than we recognize. Imagine what Jesus felt like.

Jesus was the Son of God. He was God and yet He laid down His deity to walk in human flesh to in all ways be tempted like us and yet defeat sin. Philip. 2:5-9 says, “Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal's death on a cross. Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name…”

The devil constantly tried to use the “pride” card on Jesus. In Jesus’ temptation in the desert, the devil tried to get him to sin by tempting Him with pride three times.

Matthew 4:1-11 “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'" Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him."

The devil said, “If though be the son of God.” What? Like Jesus didn’t know? The devil was trying to provoke Jesus out of pride. In pride you respond wrongly and make all the wrong choices.

To not feel like you need to defend or explain yourself is very difficult. Except by the grace of God, you wouldn’t be able to walk in it. But, you do have the grace of God and you don’t need to prove yourself to others unless and only if the Lord would have you do so, and in a gentle and appropriate way. If you keep from reacting or responding defensively out of pride, it will help keep you out of bitterness, unforgiveness, and from responding inappropriately in those occasions as they come up. If you feel provoked – beware! That is a warning sign to back off. What you do want to do is keep your love walk and know who you are in your heart and before the Lord.

Jesus showed us that we don’t have to prove who we are to others. We just need to know who we are and be steadfast in walking out those Christ like qualities, not compromising them over pride.

James 4:6 "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Touch Others With Your Gift

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Psa 112:9 NIV “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor”

I have always loved Psalm 112. It is to a man what Proverbs 31 is to a woman. In both cases they are templates to be shaped to, and the reflections of what any man or woman would desire to become. When the Bible says to be conformed to the image of Christ, these are two passages that are often looked to for inspiration toward that goal.

Psalm 112 are verses I go back and meditate on over and over again. I have never read these verses without gaining strength and a renewed vigor as to the kind of person God desires me to be. Let me make it clear that these verses are by no means for men only. They are much about strength of character, integrity and identity in the Lord. Those qualities are universal to men or women.

In today’s Fresh Manna verse, the righteous person is one who scatters his gifts to the poor. This statement is often thought of and interpreted as one who gives monetary or material gifts to those that are lacking. That is a proper interpretation of that verse but the application does not stop there. This person scattering his gifts is one that is acting instinctively out of the core of his or her being. Just as he finds it necessary to breath, so is it also a part of him to give. The reason it would be shallow to think in terms of just monetary or material is because God has endowed us with gifts that go beyond the monetary or material.

The majority of people experience times when their ability to give monetary or material gifts are limited. But according to Romans 12:6 says “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”

The Bible tells us that by the grace of God, He has endowed us with various giftings and talents. These are very precious gifts. An example of just one type of gifting mentioned is the gift of mercy. Have you ever done or said something stupid? I have. About the time I am beating myself up over it, God will often send a mercy motivated person along - a person who does everything in their power to comfort you and share with or remind you of God’s love and forgiveness. They do their best to bring you into a place of comfort through their love and kind or exhorting words.

You would have a great appreciation for this gift scattered to you called mercy. All the various talents and abilities that God has provided us with are gifts that can be scattered abroad continually. Every time you bring your child into a church children's ministry classroom during a church service, you are being blessed by people that are scattering their gifts abroad for the blessings of others. They minister to your child so that you yourself can be ministered to without distraction.

The gifts that the righteous man or woman scatters abroad are not limited to monetary or material things. Each one of us had a deep well of riches within us to scatter. As we begin to draw out, share and scatter what we have to those around us, we'll see that we have much to give. It helps shape us godly character within us.

You have God-given giftings that can be a blessing to others! Share what God has given you and then you'd discover the true joy of life!

Acts 20:35 "... remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Hilarious: Slip and Fly - Amazing Waterslide Jump!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


You needed a really good laugh and this is it! Amazing and funny!



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Friday, October 07, 2011

The Japanese Tsunami Viewed From Inside a Car

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Although this tragedy happened some time ago, the recovery will take a great deal of time. In the midst of every tragedy, God desire to take what was meant for evil and turn it for good. Watch this powerful video and it will help you lift up a prayer for this nation.

Romans 8:26-28 (NLT) "And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don't even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."




In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

His Promises Anchor Our Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I will never forget the day. Walking in the door of our home with our first child, our daughter Stephanie. Just days old and to us, the most beautiful child God ever brought into the earth. The moment was glorious. The moment was frightful. In the hospital, the nurse was there to help with everything. Now we were on our own. It only took minutes before she started crying and we had to figure out what to do. I hadn’t heard her cry in the hospital (although Renee assures me she did.) It was so wonderful and scary all at the same time. What were we doing and why did we think we could do this?

The only thing I can remember about preparing for parenthood was helping Renee with the breathing classes and learning a Bible scripture, Proverbs 22:6 "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." That was my big preparedness plan. We got through the breathing part fine. When Stephanie was born, I didn’t really feel like I could implement this training plan with a newborn infant. She was not really in the 'to be trained' mode. Yet I did find my little ways. In the middle of the night, Renee would feed her and then I’d rock her back to sleep. I’d use that time to tell her about Jesus. I’d sing her songs about the Lord and His goodness. I’d pray over her. She was all ears and took it all in. I’d do these things over and over again loving every minute of it and realizing that I’d be doing this all my life with different applications as every season of life changed.

There are many aspects to “training a child.” You want to draw out and encourage their natural gifting. You want to encourage them in the things their heart and desires gravitate toward. You want to instruct them and teach them boundaries and disciplines. But most importantly you want to train them foundationally in the love of Jesus Christ and the purpose of God for their lives. That was always my highest focus. I clung to that promise that if Renee and I did our part faithfully, God would see to His promise - “and when he(she) is old he will not turn from it.” To be honest, it took unswerving dedication and faith to do this.

The word train in the Hebrew implies dedication. It implies a narrow way, commitment, discipline, training, and dedication. In the balance of things over the years, I’ve learned that this training has to be with great patience and love. It has to always be focused around God’s love. Otherwise it becomes dry, legalistic, and like a noose around one’s neck. I knew this training of my children would be just as much about my training and development, as theirs. It would be about helping them to understand that the Word of God is a living and intimate letter of love and instruction from the heart of God that has the power to bring daily and fresh hope, the excitement of conquering impossibilities, great joy, and promise to our lives – not dry dead religion.

Now here we are 31 years later. My daughter Stephanie, her husband Daniel have already planted a church and are now on the mission field in Peru. They are now training their two children and the flock God has entrusted to them.

We raised our children trusting His promises. Every promise of God should be embraced as though Jesus sat at your table eating dinner with you and looked you in the eyes and said, “What you see here is a promise to you. If you believe it and base your life upon it, you will see it manifest in your life. All things are possible to them that believe. So, only believe.” That is what the Lord has said to us. 2 Cor. 1:20 shouts to us, For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.

We came home from the hospital with our new born Stephanie not having much of a clue, but we did know to dedicate ourselves to His promise. Each promise would be an anchor of our soul. He helped us walk through the rest. We are still on our journey. I praise Him who is Faithful and True forevermore. Praise His Holy name!

2 Cor. 1:20 (NIV) For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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