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Friday, July 27, 2012

THE KEEPING POWER OF GOD

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by Pastor Tim Burt


This story is just a tad longer than normal. It's powerful story of God's saving power and I believe you'll love it! Please read and enjoy!

THE KEEPING POWER OF GODA true story by Jill M. Shepard

God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear….though the waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46

On June 23, 1998, the last day of my summer vacation, I heard the sound and felt the force of roaring water. This memory continues to swirl in my heart. I had spent a week camping with eight friends in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota. When seven members of our group headed for home, I decided to take my out of state friend, Derek, sight-seeing to the North Shore of Lake Superior. The North Shore is truly a captivating area, full of nature’s beauty. We really enjoyed ourselves, stopping at many sites along the way.

One of the attractions is a beautiful cascading waterfall on the Cross River. It has three distinct tiers, the first is a drop of about eight feet, the second about eighty-five feet, and the third roughly forty feet. There is a small plateau between each tier. I had been there the previous September, and had a wonderful time climbing around on the rocks above the falls.

Derek and I tried to cross the river where I had entered on my last visit, but we were unsuccessful. The water was higher than it had been before. We decided to walk down to the road, over the bridge, and hike up the other side. It was then that we saw a very large sign, that read: “WARNING: SLIPPERY ROCKS, DANGEROUS FALLS, LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST HERE” The sign did not frighten me; in fact, I stopped to take Derek’s picture while he casually stood next to it. Then we proceeded up the rocks beside the Fall.


I was climbing on a rock right above the eight-foot drop when my left foot slipped. Knocked off balance, my bare knee scrapped down the rough boulder, causing a large laceration on my left knee. My feet went first into the water. Then whoosh! The rest of my body followed downstream quickly. I reached for Derek and tried to crawl out of the rushing water. For a split second I thought this might save me, but he couldn’t hold on against the relentless force of the water. He lost his footing and fell in behind me. Derek miraculously managed to scramble out of the river, getting wet to his thighs. I cried out his name and tumbled over the eight-foot drop.

I was plunged into a swirling whirlpool of angry water. My thoughts raced back to the sign “Lives Have Been Lost Here” and I knew I was going to die. For a moment, all I could see was foaming, swirling, tea-colored water. The thought of dying was so shocking, so startling, that every part of me screamed “NO! I don’t want to die today!” I reached for the water’s surface and managed to break through. I desperately fought to stay away from the next fall, which was the eighty-five foot jagged, rocky drop and now only about four feet away. I looked to the left, then the right, and could see no way of escape, because the water was crashing with intense power over the black basalt along the edges. My eyes caught Derek’s as he watched in horror from the side. His expression mirrored my gut feeling, and his face reflected knowledge that he would watch me die. I was not afraid of death or after death itself. I had already made my eternity secure three years earlier by making Jesus the Lord and Savior of my life. Yet, imagine my dismay that this would be my demise. I felt I had so much still to do in this life, and the thought of death in a waterfall was just so chilling. I cried out to the Lord, “Help me! I’m in Your waterfall, I know I shouldn’t be here, I have no resources of my own to save myself. If it is Your will that I live, You will have to intervene quickly.” Many thoughts flooded my mind , I thought about my Mom and Grandpa, I thought about how awful it was for Derek to have to witness my death like this. While these thoughts raced through my head, the Spirit of God began to physically push me, and I yelled at Derek to pray for me. I was pushed up against the tier I had just tumbled over. I put my arms on the wall, frantically feeling for a handhold. There was nothing. This rock wall did not come with handles. I pressed myself against the rock to be as flat as possible against it. Water was crashing down on my head, making it very difficult to breathe, so I put my head down to make a pocket of air and began to sing. I sang the song “Shout to the Lord,”

“My Jesus, my Savior, Lord there is none like You, all of my days, I want to praise the wonders of your mighty love, My comfort, my shelter, tower of refuge and strength, let every breath, all that I am, let it never cease to worship You…”

I remembered the words of Psalm 145

Yes, Lord I will exalt you my God and King, I will praise your name forever and
ever…..The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down…The Lord is near to all who call on Him to all who call on Him in truth… He hears their cry and saves them.

I was about to be face to face with my creator, and I was going to go into His presence praising Him. Very suddenly, a peace came over me. It was a peace like none other I had experienced, and my fear was gone. I still believed death was near, yet I had a supernatural peace that can only come from the Lord, The Rock of my salvation. I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that He was my refuge, my strong fortress in this very desperate time. Just then my right foot found a little something to brace against. Many thoughts ran wild through my mind. I thought again about my Mom and Grandpa who, mourning the recent loss of my Grandmother, might soon have to deal with mine. I wondered who would come to my funeral? What would be said of me? Did I impact the lives of those around me? Even more important, had I allowed God to touch them through me?

My clothes were filling up with air, making me very buoyant. My place against the rock was quite vulnerable. Even though I had incredible peace, I did not feel comfortable or physically secure. The strong currents were ripping around behind me. I told the Lord, “You need to deflate me, I’m not going to be able to stay here with all this air in my shirt.” I felt certain that if I would have put my arms down at my sides for just a moment to pat the air out of my shirt, I would have been swept away. The tiny place of support that my foot had found was slipping out of reach, and the toe of my hiking boot could barely touch it. With the air in my shirt tugging at me, I knew I would soon be pulled loose from that place of vulnerable support. But I chose not panic because I knew my Lord was with me, and as sure as He is faithful, all at once He deflated my clothes and I was able to push my foot forward.

By this time, Derek had returned from calling 911. He acknowledged later that leaving me was the worst part of this experience because he didn’t know if I would still be there when he came back. He was calm, though he, too, might have died. I was thankful he had witnessed my fall because I could no longer see or hear what was going on. I would not have been able to signal for help. I was almost invisible in the waterfall; a casual visitor would not have noticed me. I had a sense that Derek had left and returned. My thoughts were focused on the Lord and the awesome reality that his hand was holding me. This thought comforted me, and I repeated it over and over again.

After several minutes of reflection, two things dawned on me. First, I realized that I was cold—freezing is a better word. The water was about 60 degrees. I opened my eyes and saw my hands were very white, and I was starting to shiver. Second, I realized that no one would come up to me, tap me on the shoulder, and say, “I’ll get you out of here.” Still, as time went by, hope grew that I might live to see the end of this day. I recall saying, “Okay Lord, I am going to have to move, so you tell me when.”

A few moments later, I felt an assurance, which allowed me to leave the place where God had hidden me. I put my right hand over my eyes and pushed my head through the water, I could see a rope strung over the next big fall. It appeared a bit too high to reach, and I wasn’t excited about going through the angry swirling whirlpool again. However, I thought perhaps the rescue workers wanted me to try to reach the lifeline. When they saw me move, they shouted, “Don’t move, we’re not ready for you yet!” I had caught them off guard. I shouted back, “I already moved, I’m coming now!” They picked up a rope and threw it out to me, but it raced past me toward the fall, and so did a second rope. My feet never touched the bottom and it is clear to me now that the Lord was holding me steady in this pool of excited water. The third rope came right to me. I grabbed it, wrapped it around my wrist a few times, and they pulled me out of the frigid jaws of death.

I have never known such awe, in the presence of my Lord. I sat down on the rocks, put my hypothermic hands up, and said, “Thank You Lord, I know you saved me.” I must have said a hundred times “I can’t believe I lived.” By the time I was pulled from the water, I had been submerged for 20 minutes. Other than hypothermia and a skinned knee, I was unscathed. I lost my wallet and a beautiful gold bracelet I had purchased in Turkey, and I ruined my camera. What I gained, however, far outweighed what was lost. I have come to know the merciful keeping power of God. As it is written in Psalm 18:16-19 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because he delighted in me.”

I know firsthand that the God I serve is a way making, miracle providing God. Miracles aren’t just for the written page of the Bible, they are for today, for me, and for you. Don’t wait until life is sweeping you away to put your trust in Jesus.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

About this Week...

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


This week, my daughter Stephanie and her husband Daniel who are missionaries in Peru, along with my two granddaughters, came home to visit. My son Peter from California also came home. And my son Jeff, his wife Lisa, and my grandson Liam came up from Texas for the week. My youngest son Matthew and his wife Sarah who live here, are also hanging out for a Burt family reunion.


My son Peter asked me tonight; "Dad, do you think you could take a week off from ministering to others and from technology to spend your time completely with us?" The answer from me was an instant "Yes." "I can do that and will."

So, I will be off from writing this week. Please go through and read some past posts! They will bless you and I believe that you'll find that the ones the Lord leads you to, will be timely and anointed speaking to you where you are at today!

Thanks for your understanding! My children and grandchildren certainly appreciate it! Bless you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 23, 2012

I Won!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


I'm so utterly excited! I was just notified that I won the Grand Single Family Award for the City's 2012 Summer Blossom Program




Click to see: http://bit.ly/LFD3x5

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Move of God Continues: Christian Support for Israel

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Renee and I are in Washington D.C. to participate in the Christians United for Israel Washington Summit - an organization that has grown from a few thousand to over a million people in just six years. We've joined with over 5,000 other Christians, representing millions of Christians from around the United States who love and support Israel.
There are many Christians from various countries around the world and even many Jews from the U.S., Israel, and other countries who came to behold what many consider a modern day miracle and move of God in the earth today – mass united Christian support for Israel.

I am the Minnesota State Director for CUFI (Christians United for Israel) and also the Administrative Director for our four state region (Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin) under Pastor Mac Hammond, the Regional Director of these four states and Executive Board Member. We are here with a wonderful contingency of almost 200 passionate supporters of Israel from Minnesota plus many others from a four state regional area. We are hearing from national and international speakers, including Pastor John Hagee, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, Frank Gaffney - President of the Center for Security Policy, Senator Joseph Lieberman, and many more speaking in large general sessions and many workshops.

Tonight - Tuesday night, over 5,000 came together to celebrate "A Night to Honor Israel.” It is a dinner event so celebratory and powerful, it is hard to come up with words to do it justice. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was the keynote speaker speaking on the threats that face Israel and the United States and why our influence and action is so very important. If action is not soon taken, the world will have to live with trying to contain a nuclear Iran who has openly and repeatedly stated that it is determined to destroy Israel and the United States. Her speech was powerful to say the least. She was received with overwhelming warmth and a great enthusiasm. The crowd broke out in cheering, clapping, flag waving, and even dancing throughout the “Night to Honor Israel” event.

Today, over 4,000 CUFI attenders have appointments with almost every Congressperson and Senator on Capitol Hill to meet with and discuss U.S. support of Israel – our greatest ally in the world. Approximately 90% of the Congresspeople and Senators are scheduled to meet with us, with only a small percentage refusing. The majority are in support of Israel and pledged their continued support. Of course, it’s amazing that any Congressperson or Senator would refuse to meet constituents from their state who come all the way out to Washington to meet with them, but there are a few.

Every year, I meet a number of Jewish people who have heard what we are doing and come out to our events - even Washington DC - to see for themselves. They are almost always astounded with shock, surprise, and abounding joy from beholding Christians who work to expose anti-Semitism while showing great love and support for the Jewish people and Israel. For two thousand years, they were only too familiar with persecution, hatred, and apathy of anti-Semitism that allowed the Holocaust to happen. They had always thought that Christians hated them because of the persecution of Jesus, and to some extent that had been true! The slaughtering and hatred of the Jews from the Crusades through the Holocaust is history that cannot be altered but that should absolutely be apologized for by the Christian Church. This is still one of the greatest sins and errors of the Christian church today.

Jesus had words at His time of death for those that came against Him that reflected His heart for all mankind. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) Whether some slapped and spit on Him and drove the nails in His hands and feet, or lived their life astray from His will, each and every one of us needs redemption from our sins. As scripture says, “we have all gone astray.” The Apostle Paul reminds us that we all needed His mercy saying, “But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

The Jews have never been the enemy of God. They, like all mankind, have at times gone astray and like all mankind, need to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. God chose them first to be His children and the apple of His eye. Christian support for the Jewish people and Israel is a mandate of scripture because we are to love what God loves and God loves the Jew and Israel. They are very much a great part of God’s plan and big picture as the Apostle Paul revealed in Romans 11:24-27. “After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; He will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins." He loves the whole world but He has a specific plan for Israel.

Israel is also America's greatest ally in the earth today. Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East. Israeli Palestinian citizens have more rights in Israel than in any other Arab nation. There is democracy and religious freedom in Israel while Christians are persecuted and murdered throughout the Muslim world for their faith. In the Muslim world and countries, they have no choice over their faith. They believe or they die. If they convert from Islam, they die.

Israel also stands against our enemies without ever asking for any of our soldiers to help them. Our best line of defense and best use of monies toward our own national defense is by investing in Israel’s support and defense. They are our first line of defence.

Beyond all that and on a spiritual level, Israel is a land that God has given the Jewish people as their inheritance. It is the only land God has given to anyone in the earth. And let us not forget; there has never been a nation that has been an enemy of Israel that has survived throughout the ages. Why is that? God said in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." This is an eternal fact and truth. The U.S. is blessed because of its love for the gospel and because of its support for Israel. We can never let any administration undo that. Be a voice of support for Israel today and pray for her peace always. You will be blessed for it!

Isaiah 62:1 “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.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Oh my Gosh! Rocket misfire?

This was designed to freak you out! And it will for a second. But then you'll be laughing....

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Benjamin Franklin: Signer of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Happy 4th of July from Pastor Tim & Renee!

Psalm 127:1 (NIV) "Unless the Lord builds the house,its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain."

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that "except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.

(Source: Benjamin Franklin, The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Jared Sparks, editor (Boston: Tappan, Whittemore and Mason, 1840), Vol. X, p. 297, April 17, 1787.)

Happy 4th of July from Pastor Tim & Renee!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

A Funny 4th of July Parable

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Parable For The 4th of July (author unknown)

Once, in the 1820's, a little boy called Sam was playing in the yard behind his house. During his pretend fighting game, he knocked over the outhouse.

Now Sam was upset and worried that he would get into trouble so he ran into the woods and didn't come out until after got dark. When he arrived back home, his pappy was waiting for him. He asked suspiciously, "Son, did you knock over the outhouse this afternoon?"

"No, pappy," Sam lied.

"Well, let me tell you a story," said the father. "Once, not that long ago, Mr Washington received a shiny new axe from his father.
Excited, he tried it out on a tree, swiftly cutting it down. But as he looked at the tree, with dismay he realized it was his mother's favorite cherry tree," his pappy paused." just like you, he ran into the woods. When he returned, his pappy asked, 'George, did you cut down the cherry tree?' George answered with, 'Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did indeed chop down the tree.' Then his father said, 'Well, since you were honest with me, you are spared from punishment. I hope you have learned your lesson, though.' So," the Sam's father asked again," did you knock down the outhouse?"

"Pappy, I cannot tell a lie any more." said the little boy. "I did indeed knock down the outhouse."

Then his pappy father spanked Sam boy red, white, and blue. The boy whimpered, "Pappy, I told you the truth! Why did you spank me?"

Pappy answered, "That's because George Washington's father wasn't in the tree when he chopped it down!"

John Adams
2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence


"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."

Psalm 33:12 "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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