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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hilarious! Be Careful What You Ask

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This is Hilarious! It reminds me of Jesus writing on the ground... Enjoy!

Haggai 1:7 (NIV) This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways. Click on the picture!
In His Love,

Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 21, 2012

"Amazing Grace" by Jotta A.



There is a very good chance that you have heard Jotta A. singing "Amazing Grace." But if you have not heard this 10 year old Brazilian boy sing, you are about to hear one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear! Enjoy!


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Just For Fun - New Counseling Technique - Hilarious!

This is probably my favorite all-time funny video! It is absolutely hilarious! We've never tried this counseling technique at church, but maybe there is something to it! Enjoy!




In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Som Sabadell flashmob: An Experience We Would All Like to Have

I wish this would happen where I live! What an awesome experience to have!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Building Character into Your Marriage

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The majority of all people that I know face challenges of one kind or another - financial, relational, physical, mental, and more.

Whenever we face challenges, we face pressure. When I think of personal pressure, I think of a force pressing down on me. You know what it's like when you squeeze a toothpaste tube. Toothpaste comes out. When pressure is put on us, what is inside of us comes out. What comes out of us under pressure is what's inside of us. As we've all learned - that is sometimes good and sometimes not so good!

Early on in my marriage with Renee, immaturity is what was in us. When pressure came, immaturity is what came out. We never knew how to respond correctly to pressure. We would only react. We both reacted in different ways but almost none of our reactions were good. If you would have been watching us at times like that, you would have easily thought, "They sure don't love each other." That couldn't have been further from the truth. We loved each other very much. So why didn't it seem like it or why didn't we act like it? It had to do with what was in us.

When I was squeezed back then, all of my pre-Jesus old man that had not yet been transformed by the Holy Spirit, would ooze out of me. The same with Renee. What do I mean by "old man?" We can get a better idea reading in Ephesians 4:21-24 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from Him, put off your old man - your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Holy Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy."

What came out of Renee and I at that time, was not our new nature in Christ. It was a horrible combination of knee-jerk reaction, emotion, and undeveloped character. It wasn't that Renee and I didn't love each other. We just hadn't let Jesus be formed in us enough to get rid of the old way of communicating. Did that work against us? Of course it did! What kept us together? Knowing that WE DID love each other and that we needed God's help in communicating better. We wanted our marriage not only to succeed, but also to be a blessed marriage of God. So how did we turn around our marriage? We learned a valuable lesson from the wisdom of a verse on giving that we applied to our marriage. The verse says, “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”(Prov 11:24-25)
Most people think, "hold on to what you have and you'll end up with plenty. Give away much of what you have and you'll have little less." This verse says the opposite of that. It says, hold on to what you have and you end up with nothing! Give liberally and somehow you miraculously end up with more, AND you get refreshed in the process!

The same thing can happen when fighting breaks out between two people. When communication is going lousy and a couple is verbally beating each other up, each will pull back and withdraw. Each person wants to fight for his or her position of being right. Neither wants to apologize and work toward forgiveness. If you want to learn God's supernatural way of turning things around, then apply today's verse in giving. Instead of withdrawing and defending the position of being right and thereby withholding love - change direction and give love more liberally! Now that is a unique way to respond to pressure!

There were times when Renee and I had a fight. I knew the Word said, "be angry but sin not." I knew the Word said, "Don’t let the sun go down in your anger lest bitterness set in." I knew the Word said, "If you want forgiveness from God then you have to forgive." I knew that the Word said that "where there was strife, there was every evil work of Satan." I knew the right thing to do but wanted to withdraw, not do the right thing. But, I knew as the head of my house, I had to or we would end up in disaster. I did what today's verse said; instead of fighting to win the fight or argument, I gave love more liberally. I asked Renee to forgive me and tried to make things right. Even if she didn't want to forgive right away, I just kept telling her I was sorry and how wonderful she was. I'd sow the seeds of love liberally. "Honey, you were right, I was wrong." "I love you so much; all I want to do is get this right between us and love you more." I would just keep on this path. Love is hard to resist and pretty soon she'd soften, we'd make up. No one said it would be easy and it wasn't. We both had to swallow a lot of pride. Doing things wrong is hard work with lousy results. Doing things right is hard work with good results.

Before long, character was built within each of us. We learned to respond in a loving way. And when pressure came - love flowed even more liberally! And we'd be refreshed with an ongoing blessed and happy marriage!

Luke 6:38 (NLT) Give, and you will receive... "

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Tribute to a Great Man of Faith: Ronald Reagan

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A Tribute to a Great Man of Faith Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan's church put this together to commemorate the birthday of Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately the war against the evil of liberalism is still alive and well, and we fight it even at Bel Air Presbyterian. The liberal Presbyterians are doing all they can to pervert the church from the inside out. Fortunately the conservative Christians are strong at Bel Air. Ronald Reagan loved Bel Air Presbyterian as I do...Enjoy! In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 07, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Turkey Rap!


Seemed appropriate for a good laugh the day after Thanksgiving! Enjoy!



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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving:The Words of President Abraham Lincoln

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by Pastor Tim Burt

1 Chronicles 16:8 "Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people"

It seems as though there has been a great effort made over the last decade to hinder anyone from a child on up from freely talking about Almighty God whom we are thankful to for every good thing in our life.

A poem on Thanksgiving from a child in school today might read like this:

Thanks You Know Who…
The pilgrims came here seeking freedom of you know what.
When they landed, they gave thanks to you know who.
Because of them, we can worship each Sunday, you know where.


May we please on this Thanksgiving remember one of our past great leaders who had no reservations about speaking of the thanks and prayer due to Almighty God who has blessed our nation.

These are the words of President Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863
"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, the many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self- sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

With this attitude, may we plan something with those we love, to give bold repentance and thanksgiving to our God who has blessed our great nation and is the only one who can put it back on track!" - President Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863 
Psalm 94:17 (NLT) "Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave"

Happy Thanksgiving from the Burt family to each and every one of you! God bless you richly!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Why We Pray for the Peace of Israel

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Renee and I returned home from a trip to Israel last night. We helped Pastors Mac and Lynne Hammond and Dr. Billye Brim host a tour of around 30 Pastors to Israel. Earlier this year, Pastors Mac and Lynne had felt impressed by God to finance a trip taking a group of Pastors that had never been to Israel before. I helped put the trip together and Renee and I were honored to be a part of this generous gesture by Pastors Mac and Lynne.
It was our desire that this be more than just a Christian tour trip experiencing the sites of the Bible and the places where Jesus fulfilled His earthly ministry. We wanted it to be an opportunity for them to learn, understand, and experience the great miracle of Israel as a nation, and how it is so tied to our own Christian roots and to bible prophecy. We also wanted them to see what the Israeli people’s life is like as they live surrounded by those who desire to destroy them. In their nation’s 64 years history, they have never experienced a day without being threatened in some way from their enemies.  
At one point in our tour, we arrived in Jerusalem absolutely excited about seeing the glorious sites while learning about the rich and long history of the best known city in the world.  It was early evening when we arrived. The Jewish people had begun celebrating Shabbat.  We took our group down to the Wailing Wall and plaza area which was filled with Jews who had come to pray. There were also tourists from around the world, who, like us, were taking it all in. The experience in itself was capable of creating a magnificent sensory overload.
We had been there about 30 minutes when the sound of attack rockets launched from Gaza were exploding in the air. Seconds later sirens were shrilling and police and officials were yelling instructions to the masses hurrying them into protected areas. Clearly some were used to this scenario from their frequency while we witnessed others screaming, crying, & deeply disturbed by this event. It seemed that most were directed to covered places of safety next to the Wailing Wall including bathrooms, tunnels and a library. We were packed together like sardines while we waited for some kind of sign that the danger was over. What had previously been an experience we had only heard about, was now one we were living through. It was an experience that many Israeli’s respond to on a daily basis. It seemed incomprehensible that anyone would have  to live with this kind of threat daily.
During this rocket threat, Renee and I had become separated from each other. She was swept off to a different place that I was. She was packed in with many who were crying and terrified. No one around her was speaking English. She couldn’t see anyone she knew and she didn’t know where I was. Renee is not easily scared but this experience happened so quickly that it frightened her on many levels. When we were united, she said that she was so thankful everyone was safe and that praying for the peace of Jerusalem had taken on a whole new meaning for her.
My experience was quite different from Renee’s. I was swept off to a different place of shelter and we also were packed like sardines as we waited for the threat to subside. I was talking with one of the Pastors on our tour that was with me when a Jewish Rabbi that was standing next to us overheard our conversation. He saw that I had a tour group lanyard on with my name on it. He looked at my name tag and saw that I was a Pastor. He said, "I love Pastors and work with them." He was a Rabbi from Rochester New York and assisted Christians United for Israel (CUFI) as a lesion with the Jewish community in his hometown. He had had been to every CUFI Washington Summit conference that we hold annually in Washington DC each year. I told him I was the CUFI State Director for Minnesota and had also been at every conference. When I told him that, he become so excited he gave me a huge bear hug and kissed me on both cheeks. All the Jews around us were perplexed as to why this Rabbi was so excited to talk this American tourist in this bomb shelter. I asked him if he knew a friend of mine who is a regional director for CUFI and he said, “Yes, we are great friends.”  For me to be packed into this place in terrifying circumstances and yet see God divinely connect me to this man whom I knew I would now see every year in Washington DC, was mind-blowing.  God’s presence was there in the shelter and He had confirmed that with signs and wonders! I am still in awe over it!
We had a fabulous tour that the Pastors loved. We had prayed and believed God would protect us while we were there. While we were there, Israel became engaged in a military campaign in Gaza. Israel has been attacked with over 12,000 rockets from the Gaza strip in the past 13 years. They’ve had close to 1,000 rockets showered on them from Gaza just this year. One of our two tour leaders said that his family had to go to the bomb shelter 14 times in one 24 hour time period that day before. Our other tour guide said that his wife had to gather her young twins and hurry to the bomb shelter each time the sirens went off. For our tour group of Pastors to experience this just once was more than enough.
Israel is surrounded by enemies that hate her and want to destroy her the way Hitler wanted to. You may have never understood why God wants us to pray for the peace of Israel, but Renee and I and the Pastors we brought on the trip surely understand it now.
Please pray for the peace of Israel and for God’s divine protection to be upon the apple of His eye.
·         For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.  –Isaiah 62:1
·         Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they that love thee shall prosper. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will say now, peace be within thee. For the sake of the House of the Lord our God I will seek thy good. –Psalm 122

·         “I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.” –Isaiah 62:6-7
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 09, 2012

THE U.S. TAX SYSTEM EXPLAINED IN SIMPLE TERMS!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


THE U.S. TAX SYSTEM EXPLAINED IN SIMPLE TERMS!
(Author: attributed to many different people but actually unknown)

Sometimes politicians, journalists and others exclaim; "It's just a tax cut for the rich!" and it is just accepted to be fact. But what does that really mean?

Just in case you are not completely clear on this issue, I hope the following will help. Please read it carefully.

Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20."

Dinner for the ten now cost just $80. The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?' They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to eat their meal.

So, the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free.

But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man," but he got $10!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than me!"
"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison.
"We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start eating overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

A Note From Pastor Tim:
God never wanted His people to desire a king but to look to Him as their Lord instead. Regardless, they insisted that Samuel the Prophet raise them up a king. You know that old saying, "Be careful what you ask for." Well the Prophet Samuel told the people that the Lord would give them one but that this is what would come with asking for a king.

1 Samuel 8:10-18 "Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.

Those in authority today take much more than ten percent of our livelihood. And that number has now grown out of control. Let us return to looking to the Lord and repenting of this sin of our forefathers!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 05, 2012

Dragon Baby - Funny!


This is cute and funny! Enjoy!

 

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Friday, October 19, 2012

The Buzzard, the Bat, and the Bumblebee

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee
(Author Unknown)

THE BUZZARD If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly,but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.
THE BAT The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and,no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.
THE BUMBLEBEE A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.





  PEOPLE  In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up! That's the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem.... just look up!

Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, But faith looks up! Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and trust in our Creator, who loves us.

Psalms 5:3 “My voice shall you hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto you, and will look up.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Jesus is Coming Back So Stay Hot For God!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


There was a time when Jesus was teaching his disciples about what things would be like before His return to this earth - and event that will happen shortly before the end of this world as we know it. The disciples asked Him a question that we see in Matthew 24:3. “Jesus’ disciples came to Him privately and asked, 'When will all this take place? And will there be any sign ahead of time to signal your return and the end of the world?'"  One of the signs Jesus told them about was that “Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But those who endure to the end will be saved, preserved, and protected. ” Matthew 24:12-13 (NLT)

When Jesus said sin would be rampant – He was referring to every kind of sin – the disregard for earthly laws and the disregard for the instructions, guidelines, and boundaries that His Word gives us to live by. He was talking corruption on large levels, business and personal dealings without integrity, evil speaking about others without regard for how it might hurt them, a freedom to lie and cheat as a part of every day life, about sexual immorality and perversion increasing to such a level that it redefined all sexuality. He was talking about unfaithfulness and disloyalty in relationships. He was talking about the increase of selfishness and greed. He was saying that this increased evil would so surround us, that if we were not careful, it would discourage us to unprecedented levels causing our own love to grow cold. When a person’s love grows cold, everything looks bleak and life doesn’t look worth living. I pray that this has not become the case in any of your lives.

Christianity is not prudish nor is God. Sexuality between a man and a woman within the boundaries of marriage is the proper use of what it was created by God for. Sexual immorality outside of marriage is a perversion - a misuse of something God created in a way other than what it was created for.

When things God created for good are misused, then they becomes a perversion. When something is perverted from its original use, instead of having a good result, it produces a curse – the reaction to its misuse. When I was a child, before the days of circuit breakers, I stuck a bobby pin in an electric socket. It blew the socket starting it on fire and I was blown backwards. By the grace of God I was hardly hurt, but, I could have been electrocuted. It wasn’t the fault of electricity – a good thing. It was the misuse on my part of that electricity – a bad thing.

God knows what He created, how it is to be used, and the boundaries for it. Think about words. They can produce great joy or they can hurt, maim, and bring destruction. Consequently, God instructs us to use our words wisely. Proverbs 18:21 (MSG) says, "Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit—you choose." Instruction and boundaries are created with the ultimate goal of producing blessing and protection. His Word gives us instruction with the intention to bless us and protect us from the curse of misuse.

A more recent CDC study estimates that one in four (26 percent) young women between the ages of 14 and 19 in the United States – or 3.2 million teenage girls – is infected with at least one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. This is just one age group mentioned but the problem abounds throughout all groups and around the world. It is epidemic. This is the result of the perversion of God's word when it comes to sex; or more simply said, this is the result of fornication - sex outside of marriage.

The greatest problem that comes from escalating sin in the world is the feeling that it’s so much bigger than your ability to have an affect in slowing it down or stopping it. That feeling usually leads to a caving into it. This is why men and women are becoming slaves to pornography, casual sexual relationships, and every kind of sexual experience imaginable – all perversions of God's intention for sex. It was created for a husband and wife to experience for their purpose of enhancing their love and intimacy and for procreation. This is not archaic. This is the purpose of its creation. Misuse outside of that it leads to the dismantling and destruction of lives – sexually from disease, emotionally from hurt and pain, and mentally from the torment and confusion of broken relationships outside the boundaries of God’s will, and the degradation of human dignity.
When those that love God's word work to create appropriate restraints within society's legal system and in creating ethical standards, the violators of God's way resort to intimidation and bullying or bashing to get their way. The evil of name calling and slandering of anyone that does not take a more “open and liberal view of homosexuality begins.” We are called, “archaic,” “backwards,” “out of touch,""homophobic,"  and many vile names that I cannot print. There has been a bombardment of intimidation that has led to many people’s acceptance of homosexuality and other forms of sexual activity outside of marriage. People have been pressured, bullied, called names, and intimidated into the acceptance of something sinful even when deep in their heart, they know it is wrong.
The answer to this is to have personal convictions based upon scripture and stand up for them. Learn to hate sin in your own life. Learn to love God more than your own fleshly desires. In learning to hate sin, that does not mean become judgmental of others or self-righteous. We are to love sinners the same way God loved us in our sin. Jesus died for our sins. But it doesn’t mean we have to agree with, or be tolerant of sin in our society. First prayerfully stand against it in your own life. Then humbly, kindly, and prayerfully influence others in God’s love and ways. Then take a stand against evil by resisting it verbally and with action. Write letters, write blogs, write your television stations, your politicians – in other words, take a stand against evil wherever you can. Psalm 97:10 says, “You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked.“

Your resistance will help protect you and strengthen you from what Jesus said will happen – “the love of many growing cold.”  He also said, “He who stands firm (in what is right) to the end will be saved, preserved and protected.” Matthew 24:13

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

SHOCKING VIDEO ABOUT VOTER REGISTRATION

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by Pastor Tim Burt


This video will shock you but also wake you up to exactly why voter ID is needed. These interviews were done with hidden cameras. I hope this settles the argument once for all. What happens in Minnesota is happening in most states!
 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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The Empty Chair

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Heb 13:5-6 "... For God has said, "I will never, never fail you nor forsake you." That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, "The Lord is my Helper, and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me."

The Empty Chair
Author Unknown

A man's daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father. When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed. The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit.

"I guess you were expecting me," he said. "No, who are you?" said the father. The minister told him his name and then remarked, "I saw the empty chair, figured you knew I was going to show up." "Oh yeah, the chair," said the bedridden man. "Would you mind closing the door?" Puzzled, the minister shut the door.
"I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter," said the man. "But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head. I abandoned any attempt at prayer," the old man continued, "until one day about four years ago my best friend said to me, 'Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. Here is what I suggest. Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith, see Jesus on the chair. It's not spooky because he promised "I'll be with you always." Then just speak to him in the same way you're doing with me right now.' "So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I'm careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm."

The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him, anointed him with oil, and returned to the church. Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her father had died that afternoon. "Did he die in peace?" he asked. "Yes, and when I left the house about two o' clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead. But there was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?” The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, "I wish we could all go like that."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Stop Provoking and Start Honoring Each Other

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Whenever I have had a married couple in my office for counseling, there is always a scenario that takes place. Both the husband and the wife list a series of grievances that they say they have been requesting their spouse to change in for years. The husband lists the three or four things that he has pleaded with his wife to hear and change in. Likewise, she has her list. I always have to ask the questions? "Did you know this bothered him?" "Did you know this bothered her?" "Do you still do it?" "Why if you know it bothers him/her so much?" It's about this time that they attempt to go off on a rabbit trail of blame in order to avoid dealing with the question, “Why do you continue to do these things that so bother and provoke your spouse?“ Excuses erupt and blame arrows fly but few ever get down to answering the question.

I'd say the average couple has less than five reoccurring grievances each. They often seem quite petty and ridiculous on the surface. You would imagine that couples would adapt and make the adjustments out of love for each other. In Song of Solomon 2:15 we are told that it is “…the little foxes that spoil the vine.” This is so true. That’s what bothers the husband and wife so badly. Their cry of desperation groans, "I just don't understand why they can't understand what I'm asking, and just do it? It bothers and provokes me!"

There were many little things I did that provoked Renee earlier on in our marriage. If I was going to be late for dinner she'd request, "If you are going to be late for dinner, please just give me the courtesy of a call. At least then I'll know and not be wondering and waiting." That was not unreasonable. It was more than reasonable yet it took far too long for me to accommodate that request. It was only after me watching her cry about the issue that I finally made the change. That was stupid on my part!

There have been other little requests over the years. “Please don't leave your shoes in the entryway by the door - put them in the closet.” “Please don't splash the mirror by shaking your hands after you wash them.” There were a couple of others. None of these were earth-shaking but they were for whatever reason, important to her and bothered her when I ignored them. If I love her and she is important to me, why didn't I make the effort to do them? There could be many reasons: indifference, laziness, selfishness, or just not listening and understanding that these things were important to her.

I've also had my 'little foxes' that she did that spoiled my vine and provoked me. Renee agrees that they just seem stupid when you understand that they cause ongoing martial conflict. It comes back to listening to the request of each other and honoring them by making the adjustment. Prov 1:5 “A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.” The requests of our spouse is wise counsel! I realize a few of the foxes are harder than others to make changes in but at the cost of eroding the love in your marriage over something that can be dealt with, they are worth working on!

The Lord reveals that not listening and making adjustments for the one you love, only harms you. This includes not listening to Him. Jer 25:7 “But you did not listen to me," declares the LORD, "and you have provoked me... and you have brought harm to yourselves." He wanted them to put their faith and trust in Him but they didn't listen. They provoked Him instead. Be clear on this. Provoking someone is sinful. It is setting someone up to stumble. It is helping to create the spark that leads to anger and strife. Love does not operate like this.

Want a quick change in a contentious relationship? Find out immediately what two or three things you can change or do differently that will bless the one you are having trouble with. This wisdom is true for any relationship. Ask them if you can do an exchange - two changes for two changes. Then do them until the changes become the new norm. (Be patient because changes take root by repetition and at first, it's easy to forget the change you want to make. Purpose to help each other remember in a kind way. You'll be amazed at how much of a difference it can make. When you've knocked off two, don't stop there! This is one good way to turn a struggling or fractured relationship around and instead, take it to a higher level.

Changes that someone asks you to make might seem silly to you, but if it's not to them and you can do it - then by all means do it! Honor them and demonstrate your love by fulfilling their request. You'll find you've moved from the land of provoking to a greater place of love and much more peace!

Romans 12:10 (NLT) "Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

You Aren't As Ordinary As You Think

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I want to play imagine. Will you humor me? Imagine that when you – just you - when you pray for someone in faith, that God hears, that His angels are commissioned to respond, and that things in the realm of the unseen are changed. Imagine that just your prayers saved lives. Imagine that just your prayers resulted in a person, hundreds or even thousands of people being saved from Hell, and instead spending eternity with Jesus. Imagine just your prayers prevented a traffic accident death of a relative. Imagine just your prayers resulted in a doctor coming up with a medical treatment that helped bring healing to someone close you. Imagine that an entire neighborhood that was ravaged by evil people, gangs, drugs, etc., was transformed into a wonderful community to live in by just your prayers.

Does this sound like fantasy to you? Is this nothing more than a pipe dream? The answer is no! As a lover and believer of Jesus Christ you have been equipped with a power that is beyond your imagination. You think not? Let these verses speaking of Elijah speak loudly to you and if you are tempted to say – “oh yeah, but that was because it was Elijah,” remember that this person was called ordinary like you and me.

James 5:16-18 “…The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years! Then he prayed for rain, and down it poured. The grass turned green, and the crops began to grow again.”

In these verses, they qualify Elijah as human like us – meaning that we could be used like him. That is the reason these verses were written to us - to open our eyes to and encourage us in the power of prayer.

Elijah wasn’t trying to be a superhero with superpowers. He hadn't prayed for no rain for his own self interests - so that his picnics weren’t rained on. He was praying as he was directed by God’s Spirit and this was so that over those three years, it would result in the destruction of the pagan climate and false prophets misleading God's people. It would result in redirecting their hearts back toward God. It wasn’t a quick thing or an overnight thing either. Elijah would be used in praying out this important part of God’s will for over three years. Only part of picture is painted for us but there were several things Elijah was praying for. You can imagine the havoc created by no rain for a three year period. That became a time period of great hardship that affected good people. Elijah had to pray himself and good people through this time. He had to remember that God leading him and with him through it all. He had to pray earnest (faith-filled) prayers trusting God each and every day. This drought created horrible conditions and you know that it had to test his faith.

You and I are called to pray. We are to pray about those things God brings to our heart. You’ll recognize them. They are impressions upon the heart that come to those who are willing to be led and to pray. You are to pray the will of God. Don’t know what that is? The best way to find out is to read the gospels and see what Jesus did. Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” Pay attention to Jesus and you will see that all He did was good.

Acts 10:38 says, “And no doubt you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the Devil, for God was with Him.” Pray that God leads you. Lean on Him and do good in however He leads you. No matter how great or small it might seem, it's about being led and obeying your heart. Pray and do as you are led. When you do, you will have an influence in God's behalf. Nothing is insignificant if it's done in behalf of the Lord.

1 John 3:8 says, “… the Son of God came to destroy these works of the Devil.” You do the same in Jesus name. Pray, take authority over, and bind the devil from coming against what needs to be changed.

Is this a pipe dream? Is this a fantasy? Can you remember Elijah? “…Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly…” Look around you. There is so much to pray about and too few that will turn off their radio, appreciate the quiet, and pray! Will you?

James 5:17 “…Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly…”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Is God Fair?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Do you ever feel like life’s not fair? If I think back to when I heard that the most in my life, I remember it coming at times from the mouth of my children. It’s funny how close children look for fair from mom and dad when dealing with their siblings. They are watching and they do want to make sure that everyone gets the same thing when it comes to good, yet want special grace when they are being punished. As most every parent that has small children knows, fair is law! “Mom, Johnny got 13 Skittles and I only got 12! – That’s not fair!”

Prior to having children, my thought of being fair was probably more aligned with my children’s – exact equal treatment! But then I became a parent and reality reshaped Renee and my thinking. We matured and realized that our children were not clones, but four unique individuals with separate personalities, all different and needing different things from us. We had to balance fair accordingly. Some needed more discipline. Some needed more help. Some deserved greater rewards as they had to work harder to achieve.

I share this to say that we treated each one of our children differently and that could be perceived as unfair. It wasn’t. We were fair while being consistent in giving love. They are all wired differently and needed to be dealt with according to their personality and response.

People often think God isn’t fair. One of the reasons is because some people have so much and others seem to have so little. That doesn’t seem fair. Bad things seem to happen to good people. That doesn’t seem fair. The world does not understand that there is a devil, he is evil and hates mankind, and is behind the evil in the world. God is not! God can’t just zap evil because then he’d have to zap those that have been contaminated with evil and have some evil in them. That would be all of mankind.

Not only is God not unfair, but He is merciful and full of grace! God’s grace is available to each of us to help us navigate life and succeed at a higher level than we could imagine. But, we have to have faith in God’s grace – His supernatural help, and we have to put forth sincere effort while leaning on His grace to help us. Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”God is perfectly just. No one gets away with anything although God is much more graceful to the humble because of their repentant attitude than the prideful that He resists. Psalms 103:10 says, “He does not punish us for all our sins; He does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.”

We can count on God being just. We can know that no matter what a situation looks like, God keeps the books and He is the perfectly fair judge and jury. Because of that, instead of focusing on and being burdened by the compulsion for fairness and justice of situations that are beyond our reach or involvement, we should focus on God being the judge and leaving those concerns of injustice at His feet through prayer. God will manage them and your prayers will be effectual. He is gracious and will do the right thing and you can trust that.

God is just. He knows just how to deal with each of us. Leave it to Him and move on. You have got way too much to do to be distracted over “what’s fair.”

Psalms 71:6-8 & 16 (NLT) "Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you! My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long. But I will keep on hoping for your help; I will praise you more and more. I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power, though I am not skilled with words. I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord. I will tell everyone that you alone are just."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 03, 2012

Flying Over America - Beautiful Video

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by Pastor Tim Burt


If you haven't seen this fly over America, it's amazing and beautiful!



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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dancing With Matt Around the World

All I can say is this made me smile and touched my heart! Enjoy!

Jeremiah 13:16 (MSG) Let your lives glow bright before God before he turns out the lights..."




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Monday, August 27, 2012

The Life that Truly is Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


To know Jesus Christ personally through repentance of sin and acceptance of Him as your Lord and Savior is the greatest gift given to any individual on the earth at any time. This is the choice and step that leads to our sins being washed away and our reconciliation with God. Man was separated from God by sin. Man is reunited to God through the acknowledgement of the sacrifice that Jesus paid upon the cross, and receiving the gift of salvation as an individual and personal choice.

When most people think about life, they think about the life they live here in this earth. But real life – the God kind of life, never really comes to any individual until they come to know Jesus Christ and receive Him as Savior. This truth is what Jesus was opening the eyes of the religious ruler Nicodemous to.

John 3:1-10 “Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." "How can this be?" Nicodemus asked. "You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things?”

When a person comes to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and comes to the understanding that Jesus came to bear every individual’s sins, personally, as they would make the choice to sincerely pray and asks Jesus to forgive them, then the miracle of their real birth happens. Their sins are washed away, the Holy Spirit comes to reside within their heart, and their new life in Christ begins. They have a spiritual birth - what Jesus called being "born again." From the moment of that experience, the Holy Spirit comes to reside within a person's heart, and begins to open their eyes to see the world through God’s eyes.

The Apostle Paul wrote more about this in 2 Cor. 5:17-18. “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.”

From the second we become a new Christian, we are given a life-long assignment. It's described in 2 Cor. 5:19 like this: “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. God’s Word also teaches us that we should all use our God-given gifts and abilities - not only to help people come to know Jesus, but to also serve others with them in His behalf. The Apostle Paul in speaking to people who had financial affluence wrote: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." (1 Tim 6:17-19)

Paul teaches the affluent that when they are using the resources that God has given them to help promote the gospel and as a means to build the church, they are serving God and others. They are also building a reward - “Laying up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

Don't think for one second that this exhortation is just to financially affluent people. This truth and exhortation is for all Christians at all times. We are all to use whatever God has given us in gifts, talents, and abilities to serve others from a pure heart and motivation of love. In doing so, we will be building our future – “a firm foundation in the coming age.” We do have another life to live in the world to come. It sincerely will be the life God intended for us to have – without the sin, curse, and defilement that sin has brought to this world. When we help others know Jesus and when we serve them in and through the church, we lay up rewards for the next life. Matthew 10:42 (NIV) "And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."

Pray that God will help you in some way help others to really know what life on earth here is about – the love of Jesus to redeem mankind - “ that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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