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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Spiritual Hydration Leads to Great Blessing

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I remember one Spring day a few years ago, I was working on a back yard landscaping and gardening project. The weather was perfectly sunny and warm. I started early in the morning and was still working at 6:30 that night. I had lifted over 3 tons of 12" rock throughout the day. Suddenly, I started to feel uncomfortable. I hadn't stopped to eat or drink anything all day. That was stupid and I knew better! I noticed my mouth was extremely dry and I was feeling a little disoriented. I knew immediately that I was suffering from dehydration.

The average water content of the human body is 40-70% of body weight. It needs water to function in all the ways God intends it to. Dehydration is the process of excessive loss of water from the body that can happen for a number of reasons. It was something I always had to watch out for when I did long distance running. Most long distance runners carry water with them to help prevent this from happening. I've heard medical professionals say that the average person doesn't understand dehydration, nor recognize the signs or how to work toward preventing it. In the natural, it is easy to eat something that disagrees with your body. When that happens, it can lead to vomiting and diarrhea which can easily cause dehydration.

Have you ever experienced spiritual dehydration? When all we do is listen to worldly and celebrity gossip, or read worldly magazines, or over saturate ourselves with the news, or fill our lives with secular music and carnal movies and television. When we do this, then spiritual diarrhea and dehydration are going to be a fact of our life. we would soon become "dry" toward God and begin to feel far from Him.

Spiritually, too many people let themselves get dehydrated far too often. Is this something we should change? Well look at it this way. Continuing and frequent dehydration would cause serious health issues. So, what do you think? God loves us and isn't trying to make our relationship with Him difficult. We make it difficult! We let our life become filled with everything but Him. When I begin to get dehydrated I usually work hard to put water and fluids back in my system. Within a half a day to a day I am feeling much better.

The Word of God is often referred to as water - cleansing water and refreshing water. What water will do for us naturally is also what it will do for us spiritually! God has a remedy for spiritual dehydration! We read about it in Isa 44:3-4. “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams."

God pouring out water on dry land is the same as dehydration. When we pray and ask God to speak to us through His Word, the Holy Spirit begins to illuminate truth, understanding, and revelation to our heart. As this happens, the Word of God refreshes us, washes us, and just keeps us from getting disoriented to the world's and Satan's way of thinking. It keeps our heart and mind refreshed and on track thinking God's thoughts.

We read of water and refreshing in John 4:10 & John 7:38. "Jesus answered and said unto her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that said to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of Him, and He would have given you living water.... He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water."

We also read how the Word of God cleanses in Eph 5:25-27. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That He might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."

These verses all speak to refreshing our spirit through His Holy Spirit with His Word. Jesus is looking for ways to speak into your lives and strengthen us in Him. The Bible, church, Christian people and printed articles, the media, and more are all ways that God tries to get to your life and refresh you. When you pray for God to refresh you, you should raise your expectation and open your eyes. He is faithful and that refreshing will soon come!

Water is the "have-to" for our bodies to survive and be blessed. So is the cleansing and refreshing of God's Word ministering to our spirit. It refreshes us and again causes us to grow and be wonderfully blessed!

Isa 44:4 “ I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants...., They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Goodness is Good

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt



“Do you think you will go to Heaven when you die?” That is a question that most people think about at some point of their life. The most common answer given in various forms is, “Yes I think I’ll get into Heaven because I’ve tried to be a good person.” And then the list of good things and qualifications they have done spills like words on a glowing resume’.

What qualifies someone to be called a "good person?" After all Jesus said to someone who had called Him good - "Why do you call me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments." (Matthew 19:17) What was Jesus saying? Was He calling himself bad - that even He didn't qualify as good? No, not at all. He was qualifying that He was God come in the flesh. He was also leading this man to truth - that all mankind has failed in their ability to be good. Romans 3:23 says,”For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard.”

He was also showing this man how to resolve this problem - "but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments." Jesus was saying that the way to resolve this issue of "there is none good" - was to receive Jesus personally as Savior. When that happened, he would be washed from sin and covered in Jesus’ righteousness – that which makes us “white as snow” in God’s eyes. And he’d then have the Holy Spirit to teach him within his heart, all of God’s ways and strengthen him in spirit to "keep the commandments" - or keep God's ways. The bottom line – God wants us to make the effort to “be good” by obeying His ways, but in our shortfall, His gift of righteousness makes up for our shortfall and failures in our efforts.

When we understand this and take these steps and yield ourselves to God - then goodness can grow within us like a nurtured plant grows and produces fruit. This is the foundation of and the beginning of the road to goodness.

God wants us to be energetic in our pursuit of goodness because it is one of God’s ingredients that make this world a richer place to live. But don’t worry; like I did yesterday, you will blow it. Instead of the goodness you desire to see flow from your life, you will have experience those occasional moments that make you feel ashamed before God. Don’t let it discourage you. Ask God to forgive you. Realize that true goodness comes only through the help of God. Be energetic to make things right, to get things right, and to let people be touched by the goodness of God working through you!

Titus 2:11 (Message Bible) God's readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation's available for everyone! We're being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Christmas Child: Will We Recognize Him?

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

It seems no matter how much people are encouraged to read their Bibles and pray, they struggle from it falling to the bottom of their priority list until they are barely doing it at all. Doesn’t it seem odd to you that the things that matter least to us fight for the lion’s share of our attention and the things that we know deep down matter the most, receive little or suffer from lost attention? Our intimate pursuit and worship of God, our appreciation and time with those we really love, and our quest for a healthy lifestyle—these are what make our life rich and bring the happiness and contentment we’re looking for. And yet we cave in and give most of our attention to the very things that discourage and steal from our life.

It is an understanding of this that brings insight to how these words concerning Jesus could have possibly been true. “The true Light (Jesus) that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.” John 1:9-11

The words “…that gives light to every man was coming into the world” reveals that Jesus was the light—He was and is the one that could show us the meaning of life and everything about it. He is the one that can give us direction in our life. He is the only one that can illuminate to us what is and isn’t important throughout our day’s pursuit. The world searches for the purpose of life but avoids the one who knows. How could that be?

The words “He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him” reveals that He is the author of every good thing. He alone knows what is good and evil. From the beginning He tried to help Adam and Eve understand it so they could make right choices. Today He is still here in the moment to “light” our path and show us the right decisions to make. The world looks to everyone but the author of wisdom. How could that be?

The words “…the world did not recognize Him” reveals that the world—and let’s bring this down to our daily world: those we’ll encounter today—did not recognize Him, the author of all, the creator of all things, the mighty God, our Heavenly Father, our Prince of peace. They didn’t recognize Him. How could that be?

Here is the really difficult part. “He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.” We may have received Him as our Savior, but will we receive Him into our schedule that screams for our attention today? Will we receive Him into our fellowship and thinking so that He can show us what is good and what we should avoid? Will we receive Him into our decision making process and let him take lead in the decisions we make? Will we receive Him into intimate times we purposefully set aside to worship Him for whom He is and thank Him for all He has been and will be to our lives?

These verses reveal that “… His own did not receive Him.” Are we any different? Will we be guilty of the same? Or will we receive Him today, tomorrow and the days ahead. He is the light of men. He is your light and what makes you a light in this world. I pray that we let Him illuminate our lives today so that we can become what He wanted to infect us with—light! The world is dark and needs His light which was meant to be our light!

Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT) “You are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don't hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas from Pastor Tim Burt

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Merry Christmas from the Burt family to each and every one of you and your families! I pray for you daily and we are praying that God will move in your hearts in a special way that draws you closer to Him. God bless you richly and enjoy the funny video below to put a smile on your face!


With our love,
Pastor Tim & Renee Burt & family

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

God Gives Us His Best

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Last night I sat down and picked up my Bible with the intention of reading of reading the Christmas story in Luke Chapter 2. I didn’t get very far. I actually only got to verse 7. “And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” As I read it, all I could suddenly see was God giving us His best – Jesus.

I could only imagine Jesus departing Heaven and what that must have been like for all those there who knew where He was going and why. I honestly can’t imagine what it must have felt like to His Heavenly Father to send His only begotten Son into the kind of humble conditions with which He entered the earth only to await and prepare for rejection, persecution, and eventually crucifixion. I could only think about how despite all that, God would not withhold giving mankind – each one of us – His very best! He held nothing back from His pure heart of love for mankind.

I was lost in that thought when it suddenly hit me in a new and fresh way. He did not stop giving me His best with Jesus. I had received salvation but I've received so much more! I thought about how He gave me His best in a wife - Renee, the finest woman I know on the face of the earth – the perfect mate for me. Both of us are light years from perfect but we are perfect for each other. Then I thought about my children and how He gave me His best with my children - four of the most loving kids that a man could ever ask for. They also are not perfect but they are perfect to me. Then I thought about the precious son and daughters-in-law God gave me. All three of them are so beautiful, sweet, and precious to me. They couldn’t be better spouses for my children. Then I thought about Pastors Mac & Lynne Hammond, two of the finest leaders I've ever had the privilege of knowing - who I've had the privilege of working along side of. Then I thought about the congregation of people that we have in our church and the people I get to serve God along side of. I have never seen such sold out, dedicated, God fearing, God loving, selfless people anywhere. God had given me His best even there. Even as I am sitting writing this, I just got a call from friend whom I pray with daily from church. We stand together for God's best in our lives. God even gave me those kinds of friendships. I was wowed. God had not held back His best in any area of my life.

At that point God reminded me of Luke 2:14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests." These were the words, the praise, the very song of a host of angels – the heavenly choir to mankind that God has given His best!

As I was thinking about all of this, I was overwhelmed with the fact that God has given His best to me over and over and over again. He has never stopped. As Psalm 84:11 says, “For the Lord God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who do what is right.” To be honest, at that point I felt like the reciprocation of my love to Him has been woefully inadequate in light of the best He gives me. I thought about how we often say, “I’ve given it my best,” but how short in truth those words fall – at least from me.

Christmas reminds me continuously of God giving His best to us – even if the world does not understand that. Today I am filled with desire to make greater effort to give God more of the selfless and best love that He has shown me.

2 Peter 1:3 (MSG) Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Heaven is a Gift to You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


At church, I met a young woman who introduced herself to me in our Visitor’s Center after our service. Her name was Angela and she had never been to any church in her entire life. This was her very first time. I told her that I didn’t even know what that felt like since I had been going to church the majority of my life. I asked her what it was like. She had difficulty explaining what she felt. She was trying to find the words to tell me that she could feel something special and that she was very excited to come back. She had tears of joy running down her face.

I asked her if she understood who Jesus was and what He did for her. She knew who He was but had not made the connection. I asked her if she knew what was going to happen to her if she were to die that day. She didn’t really know. She hoped she would go to Heaven. I asked her how hold she was. She told me she was 23. I asked her, “Do you know you’re 23 or do you hope you’re 23?” She gave me a strange look and said, “I know I am 23!” I asked her what city she lived in. She told me. I asked her, “Do you hope you live in that city or do you know you do?” She again-wondering where this was leading-said, “I know I live there.” I asked her, her name again. She told me. I asked, “Do you know your name is Angela or do you hope it?” She said, “I know it.”

I told Angela, “Do you see the difference between knowing and hoping?” You don’t hope you age. You know it. You don’t hope your address, you know it. You don’t hope you name, you know it. There is a huge difference between hoping and knowing.” I then told her, “Jesus didn’t come to be born in this earth, set aside His deity, and live a rejected life to be eventually falsely accused, beaten, tortured, crucified, and go into Hell so that you would “HOPE” you go to Heaven. He did this so you could KNOW you are going to Heaven.”

I opened a Bible and took her to 1 John 5:13 and had her read the verse. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may KNOW that you have eternal life…” I told her, “God inspired these written words so that you would KNOW, not HOPE, you have eternal life. Jesus paid the price for your sins and He offers to wash them away and make you His child cleansed from all sin and prepared for Heaven. Wouldn’t you rather know that than hope that?” She did want to know that. I asked her if I could lead her in a prayer of salvation – accepting Jesus as Her personal Savior. Then she would know! She wanted to and together we prayed. Tears flowed down her face as Renee and I held her hands and led her in a prayer.

I gave her a Bible and told her I would help her get connected in relationships that would help her grow in the Lord. She was beaming so bright she could have been mistaken for a lighthouse.

Today, I want to leave you with this – Faith is in the knowing! Hope will draw our heart and emotions to the throne room of God’s grace. It is important for that reason. But, hope is not knowing. Faith believes in the promises knowing they are for now and for you. Faith is knowing and knowing in faith and believing what God promises you is the beginning of a blessed and personal relationship with Jesus, and your promise of eternal life – a promise to KNOW!

What should you do now? If you have not asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, do so now!
Simply pray sincerely from your heart, “Jesus, I do believe you are the Son of God that died for my sins. I believe that you rose again from the dead and died to give me eternal life with you. Please forgive me of all my sins. Please come into my heart. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me to live my life for you. I receive you by faith now, in Jesus name.” Amen.

If you prayed that and meant that, a miracle has begun. You’ve become “born again.” The Holy Spirit of God has come to live inside of you. You’ll know it. You’ll sense Him with you. Just talk with the Lord. That is what prayer is. Ask Him to lead you. He will. Keep reading Fresh Manna. It will help you grow in God.

Romans 10:8-10 (NLT) “Salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is the message we preach—is already within easy reach. In fact, the Scriptures say, "The message is close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart." For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Gifts Fit for the King

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Today's Fresh Manna is written by our good friend Julie Larson. It is a special story! Enjoy and be blessed!

On Tuesday, I got to go to a baby shower for Jesus—with 200 other women. What a blessing!

A large part of my job at church is to help our Small Groups Pastor, Renee Burt, with anything she needs, especially as it relates to the two women’s groups that she leads. One of them is a Bible study group of about 200 women (for wives and moms of all ages), called HomeMakers, who meet at church every Tuesday morning from September to April. (This beautiful group of women is a huge part of my life, and has been for 10+ years, so I’m sure you’ll hear more about it/them in future posts.)

On Tuesday, we had our Christmas party, and met for the last time until after the new year. Our party theme was all in the spirit of giving, and based on the Christmas song, Little Drummer Boy. It was pretty much a 21st century baby shower for Jesus. We called it, “Gifts Fit for the King!”

If you’ve ever listened to the lyrics of the little drummer boy song (besides the pa-rum-pa-pum-pum part), it’s such a sweet song of a little drummer boy talking about how he, like baby Jesus, is just a poor boy too… and even though he has no gifts to bring, he honored Jesus by giving what he had and offering up his talents, playing his best for Jesus on his drum.

Because our party was a “baby shower,” all of us HomeMakers brought new, unwrapped gifts to donate to a couple of local organizations in Minneapolis that help women and children. One of them is the Robbinsdale Women’s Center, a crisis pregnancy center, who’ve helped over 17,000 women and families since 1992. The other is called The Healing House, a drug treatment center, where women live for 12-18 months. It’s the only one of its kind in Minnesota, and one of the things that makes the Healing House unique is that the women’s children can live with them there during their treatment.This photo doesn’t even do justice to what generous gifts we saw before us on those two 8-foot tables and piled on the floor. There were thousands and thousands of dollars’ worth of clothing, toys, toiletries, and things that were donated to help these women and their children. My eyes welled up several times throughout the day, just completely overwhelmed at the hearts of our HomeMakers, so full of love and generosity. These women jumped at the opportunity to help, and went beyond even what we thought might come in to be donated. Even in an economy that is affecting so many of us, people so generously gave. It is overwhelming to witness and be a part of.

Sometimes we can think we have so many problems or have so little ourselves, but what happens when we take our eyes off our own need and reach out to help someone else? Well, a lot happens, but one thing is that we gain a deeper understanding of the love and compassion of Jesus. Loving and giving changes us on the inside, ultimately affecting how we relate to the natural world we live in.

Renee and I get the privilege of delivering the donated items to the organizations, on behalf of all the HomeMakers. The greatest gift anyone can ever receive on this earth is LOVE, so it’s our prayer that everyone who is touched by these gifts feels the deep, deep love of Jesus… and knows in their hearts that He loves them and hasn’t forgotten about them—at Christmas time and throughout the whole year.

Luke 7:13 ~ When the Lord saw her, His heart overflowed with compassion.

Ephesians 4:32 ~ And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.


Enjoy more of Julie's writing at: First Draft by Julie Larson

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

People That Make Life Rich

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Prov 20:6 “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?”

Fizzle Out! Have you ever heard that expression? What might you picture if you heard that expression? One of the definitions for fizzle is "A failure or aborted effort." When I think of this term, I think of people that claimed to be excited about something or make great a commitment to something only to later "fizzle out." I've seen many a person claim their faithfulness and commitment to many things only to soon "fizzle out." I've seen people fizzle out of their marriages, fizzle out of the good intentions of their parenting efforts, fizzle out of their plans to trim down or get in shape, fizzle out of their commitments to things that they said, "God had told them to do." That's why today's Fresh Manna verse says that many people will proclaim all the great and wonderful things they can or are going to do, but I always wonder who will still be there doing what they started out to do in the end?

I have always had great admiration for people who are faithful and stick to and finish what they start out to do. This country was founded by faithful pioneers who had a vision of great things that could be and were faithful to that vision. Pioneers and people faithful to a cause usually make innumerable unseen sacrifices of their own time and resources for the good of others - present and future. We are blessed to be living in a land that was pioneered with tremendous sacrifice by the faithful so that we may experience the prosperity and freedom that we have today.

Faithful people are often working quietly and diligently behind the scenes without much glory or fanfare. These kinds of people aren’t driven by that. They are driven by inward vision and passion to a cause. They are the salt of the earth. They build things now for the good of others later. Few people understand the sacrifices they make of their personal and family time to help others. They have the same demands on their life that everyone else has and yet, they selflessly let go of some of their personal time and resources for the well being of others. People like this are the gold and precious stones of the earth. They are the salt that brings mankind its flavor. They are God's living and breathing blessings manifest in this earth to make our lives better.

I am surrounded by people like this at our church. The "faithful ones." People that have been faithfully serving others out of their heart and unto the Lord for 10, 15, and even 20 years. They consider it a part of their destiny and God-given purpose. What they do is a hugely significant part in God's wonderful scheme of things. They are the polar opposite of the entitlement whiners who want much for nothing that make up too much of today's society.

The faithful are a huge part of what makes my life rich. They don't know what "fizzle out" means. They live a life of faithfulness. I hope you notice the faithful that touch you and your family's lives and let them know that you’ve noticed. As I said, they don’t live for fanfare but a simply sincere thank you fills their tank to go on and on!

Acts 20:35 (NLT) "And I have been a constant example of how you can help the poor by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 09, 2011

Israel: Precious to God and a Place to Visit

Fresh Manna
By Pastor Tim Burt


My wife Renee and I are a few months away from our next trip to Israel. We were there two year ago on our third trip there with a group of 35 people that we hosted. It was a trip to be remembered as we experienced much more than just visiting the sites where Jesus walked, taught and lived. We went there to interact with and love on the Jewish people there, letting them know that there are millions of Christians from the United States that stand in solidarity supporting them. They are a persecuted nation surrounded by their enemies. We united with over 500 others from other tour groups from Christians United for Israel. We held a night to Honor Israel in Jerusalem with Pastor John Hagee and guest speaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu among others. We held a parade down the streets of Jerusalem led by drummers that ignited the atmosphere with excitement as we marched with flags and signs of support for Israel. The people of Jerusalem watched and cheered and cried with thanks!

Renee and I along with Pastor John Hagee and a small group of leaders had the honor of meeting with President Shimon Peres in his home.
Renee and I along with our group were also privileged to meet with the Vice-Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon—a true patriot and leader of Israel. We were able to meet with David Wilder—a leader of the Jewish community of Hebron, considered one of the holiest sites to the Jews yet persecuted continuously by Palestinians. Consequently there are only about 900 Jewish settlers living in Hebron’s historic and religiously important area amongst 130,000 Arabs with a parliament ruled by many from the armed Islamic movement Hamas. It is an extremely dangerous place for them to live but they do so to hold claim to and inhabit Hebron—the oldest Jewish community in the world. The Book of Genesis tells us that Abraham purchased the field where the Tomb of the Patriarchs is located as a burial place for his wife Sarah. According to Jewish tradition, the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the Matriarchs Sarah, Rebekah, and Leah are buried in the Tomb in Hebron. For the Jewish people to be forced from this city is to give up their history and heritage.


Christians are waking up in this day to spiritual insight from God’s heart. They are awaking to the truth that Jesus was first a Jew and the roots of our Christian heritage are Jewish. What we have in common is far greater than the things we’ve allowed to separate us over the years. Genesis 12:3says “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.” Those blessings are very real and those judgments are also very real. As Christians we owe a debt of gratitude to the Jewish people. They gave us the word of God. They gave us the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They gave us the Prophets: Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zachariah, Amos, Josiah, Joel. Jesus’ own family was Jewish as were the Apostles. In John chapter four Jesus said, “…salvation is of the Jews.” If you take away the Jewish contribution to Christianity there would be no Christianity. Judaism does not need Christianity to explain its existence, but Christianity cannot explain its existence without Judaism. Don’t make the mistake of letting the politics of a few Jewish religious leaders of Jesus day crucifying Jesus, result in anti-Semitism in your heart. Remember, the will of God was in place so that our Savior could suffer for our sins. Anti-Semitism is an abomination to God and has accomplished nothing but create confusion, death and pain to the apple of God’s eye.

It is Jerusalem where Jesus will return. His love for the Jewish people is great. God has a great plan for the Jewish people and when Christians think they have replaced the Jews in the plan of God, not only are they wrong, but they have opened their hearts to becoming vessels of anti-Semitism. It is that kind of thinking that allowed the Holocaust to happen and it is present again today. Many people fear that supporting Israel creates hostility from terrorists for our nation and to avoid that, we should break ties with Israel. That would be the demise of our nation.

We are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. How do we do that? Pray that God will stop her enemies and protect the people of Israel. Pray that our government will show unified support for Israel—not dictate their policies. Israel is our greatest ally in this earth and deserves our unwavering support as they best decide how to lead their nation.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts. ‘I am zealous for Zion with great zeal; with great fervor I am zealous for her.’ Thus says the Lord: I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of hosts, the Holy Mountain.” Zechariah 8:2-3

If you are interested in learning more go to: How to Support Israel

In His love,
Pastor Tim

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Hallelujah Chorus - Quinhagak, Alaska

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


This might turn out to be my favorite Christmas YouTube video yet!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Make Wasted Time Fruitful!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


To say it’s been busy for me in my life right now would be an understatement. It’s been a busy year at church. We have made some cutbacks in staffing and spending at church to keep the church finances on track and in a good place. Our staff all works hard to do more with less. (If only our government could learn that!) Anyway, it’s led to us all being busier than we previously were. It was our plan to cut back on some programs and services that we do, our staff is so conscientious that I think most instead just tried to buck it up and do more. God bless them all!

So anyway, I am presently in this very busy stretch. I can usually keep up with what is on my plate but recently, there have been some family crisis situations of a few people at church that have needed much attention. We want to be there to help in those times and I believe we are and do a great job. But, after a while, it can all add up and try to wear you down.

I woke up in the middle of the night last night and found myself thinking about a person in our church that is in a very difficult situation. I was trying to walk out some helpful solutions in my mind. The problem was, they weren’t easy solutions and would take a great deal of my time – time I didn’t have to give. I didn’t know what I was going to do so I laid in bed and prayed. That was a good thing because I know last night was one of those nights the Lord woke me up to pray. He didn’t wake me up to lay there and worry. I can tell when the Lord wakes me up because I am instantly wide awake and not tired. When this happens, I also know the grace of God will be with me to get me through the day (from the lack of sleep.)

When I was a young Christian, I was misguided thinking that worrying for others was sacred or compassionate. I know I got that from my mother. She worried about everyone thinking it was a godly thing to do. But, it’s not! It is a worthless way to spend time.1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you.” Do you know why God wants us to lay our worries at His feet? Because cares and worries will kill you! They’ll create stress and destroy your health. You were designed by God to lean on Him and have faith in Him - not worry! I am not saying you shouldn’t have compassion. That is a beautiful thing. But the most fruitful thing we can do when we are tempted to worry about our situations or someone else’s, is intercede and ask the Lord to help. We should always do what we can to help others, but there are many times where we are confronted with our limitations. We do our part and we pray to God to work in behalf of those we love. That is His plan and idea not ours! We just need to follow it. If you will sincerely pray for others, it doesn’t mean you don’t take action to help in some way, but nothing you do will compare to your heartfelt prayers.

When Mordecai confronted Ester about her part to help save the Jews, she knew she had a plan to execute but knew the prayer part was the most important. Esther 4:16 "Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me…" We see the exhortation in James 5:16 that says, “…pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” And Philip. 4:6-7 says “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. “

I woke up in the middle of the night. The devil would have loved it if I would have wasted the time laying there worrying while losing precious sleep. It wasn’t going to happen. I finally finished praying about 6:00am. I’ll still try to see what I can do to help this person with their situation, But what I have great confidence in, is that the Lord has heard my prayers and is working behind the scenes in the way He always does. His love for this person far exceeds anything I feel and His ability far exceeds anything I could think of or do. So, I didn’t lose sleep last night. I sacrificed it for prayer and blessing for this person. She will be helped and God will be glorified!

Matthew 6:27 (NLT) “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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