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Friday, March 30, 2012

Christians Should Support Israel

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


My wife Renee and I just returned with a group of over 120 from a wonderful trip to Israel. 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.

Israel is a persecuted nation who has always been surrounded by her enemies and a world of nations that succumb to false political propaganda against the greatest pro-peace and pro-human rights nation second only to America - Israel. Yet, because of a predominant radical Muslim hatred whose faith calls for the destruction of Jews, Israel suffers slander, defamation, and the never ending barrage of disinformation toward the delegitimization of Israel – falsifying her history and true right to the land that is hers. And this has been her entire history while the world stands indifferent for fear of becoming the radical's target of terrorism. Make no mistake about the attacks on Israel and anyone who supports her: intimidation is the game and Israel's destruction is the goal. Get in the way and you become their target. And until Muslims that profess to be peace loving and non-violent, stand up and condemn the violence of the extreme radicals, they will be held in suspect of the goal of Muslim domination.

This is the very reason that Christians United for Israel has grown in less than six years to over one million members. The world is filled with Christians that remember the shame of the apathy and anti-Semitism of the Holocaust and have vowed to never allow that to happen again! Israel is America's great ally. She is the only true light of Democracy in the entire Middle East. And the truth is, Israeli Arab citizens have more civil rights and benefits as citizens of Israel than Arabs in any other Middle East nation. And these are just a few reasons why we work to show our love, support, and solidarity 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 large parade down Ben Hehuda Street in Jerusalem led by drummers that ignited the atmosphere. We marched with flags and signs of support for Israel. The people of Jerusalem watched and cheered and cried with thanks! One short older Jewish woman walked up to me with tears running down her face and said, "Oh thank you, thank you! I have to kiss and hug someone. Can I hug you?" We embraced in a big hug and kissed each other on the cheek. Another man cried tears of joy and could not stop crying. We gave him a group hug and he wanted to take a picture with us. These are moments I'll never forget! The Jewish crowds cheered with laughter, thanks, and great appreciation of support.

Christians are waking up to this 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 12:3 says “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 those who are 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. When Christians that 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. Pray for the leaders and people of Israel. 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 how to support Israel, click here: Support Israel

If you would like to join me in Washington DC for our 2012 Washington Summit to support Israel, learn more at: 2012 Washington Summit

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Two Week Sabbatical

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Hi all, I know that we've only been back from vacation two weeks, but I am about to experience another short interruption. I will be unable to write and post again until Tuesday April 3rd, because of being on a two week sabbatical for some Israel Studies. I have never not written and posted in the past 12 years except for a very few weeks of vacation. This will be a first.
Thank you in advance for your grace in this. I will be back to writing soon.
There are over a 1,000 posts to go back through here! I covet your prayers as I also pray for you. Again, I'll be back to writing on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012.

Philippians 1:4 (NIV)"In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy"

God bless you richly,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, March 05, 2012

Finding Direction From God

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Luke 24:8 "And they remembered His Words."

Have you ever been in a tough situation facing tough circumstances and found yourself saying, "I just don't know what to do?" That might be a good thing. What I mean, is even when you think you know what to do, it may be the wrong thing.
We've all done things we were convinced were right, only to be proven wrong. A person of honest humility doesn't have a problem admitting they don't always get it right. This kind of a person is more likely to lean on God in their decision-making processes and choices and that’s a good thing! Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don't lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." When this is your on going thinking and how you approach life, it will make you hungrier for the presence of God.


In Luke 24 we read about the women who were Jesus' closest friends who went to His tomb after His death. They were heartbroken, confused, and didn’t know what to do. They had believed that He was the Messiah that would reign, not die a brutal death. Now in their state of distraught while looking for His body, they had an another unexpected encounter to make things even more confusing. Luke 24:1-3 says, "Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus." In the next verse we see their state of mind. Verse 4 says, "And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed and wondering what to do about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments."

They didn't know what to do but the story goes on. God helps them. He speaks to them through angels. Verse 5-8 says, "In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men (angels) said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' Then they remembered His words."

This was a promise of Jesus: that after His death, He would help them remember His Words. In John 14:26 Jesus made the promise, "But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."

The point I want to make to you today is that we all have times where we don’t know what to do. You do have a God that loves you and that has proved His love to you through Jesus. He is an intimate God and really does want to help you in all the details of your life. He wants to teach You AND remind you of things He has taught you; things that will direct your thinking and the steps of your life. In order for you to do that, you need to put yourself in atmospheres that God dwells, such as church, bible studies, personal bible reading, prayer, and fellowship with other Christians. God speaks to us in those atmospheres.

You mostly likely won’t encounter many angels, but, He does live in the presence of His people. In Mat 18:20, Jesus said, "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them." God is with us when we seek Him in our private time. But He also has a way of speaking to us through others (unbeknownst to them) when we come together in His name. His presence is there. Fellowship with other Christians seeking God is a valuable treasure that most Christians know little about. Having fellowship with other Christians that sincerely live for and seek God is often rich in His presence because they, like you, have the Holy Spirit indwelling them. Nuggets from God's heart often come from God in these kinds of atmospheres.

The women at the tomb were hurting and perplexed as to what to do, that is, until they were put in the presence and remembrance of God’s Word. Then, as today's Fresh Manna verse says, “…they remembered His Words." When they did, they were refreshed, re-encouraged, and were able to continue on in the plan of God.

When you lean on God rather than yourself, you become hungry for His presence. You will find more of His presence when you surround your life with more atmospheres of God so that the Holy Spirit can speak to you and direct your steps.

Psalms 25:5 "Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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