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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!

Fresh Manna
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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Friday, August 10, 2012

You Can Do It! Yes You Can!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Many years ago, I was counseling a married couple who were on the brink of divorce. They never really started with the best practices in place that would help them succeed. They had both made mistakes that for a long time, were tolerated. Then some new pressures began to abound in their marriage. Pressure has this way of bringing out the best or the worst in people. In this case, it seemed to exasperate their problems and things headed south. Thoughts and words became negative toward each other and it seemed like bridges crossing over to any parts of love were being blown up one by one. As I listened and looked at the big picture, it was my conclusion that they had done many things wrong from the beginning of their marriage and needed to completely start over with each other, learning and practicing how to give each other the kind of love they needed. All this being easily said but feeling impossible to do! The truth be told, it is impossible to fix some things without God’s help. It is only in yielding to Him at times when you want to scream that you keep things in check and continue to move forward. But, I do believe what Jesus said in Matthew 19:26. (NLT) "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible."

There are many things in the lives of people that get out off on a wrong footing or get out of whack. The funny thing is, so often, we keep doing the same things even with things are out of whack, which only makes them worse. We might think, “I am out of control here.” We might think, “My priorities are so messed up right now.” Someone might be saying, “Man, my eating habits are insane. I have to change this.” Another person starts out his or her day wanting to have one routine happen, but within seconds of getting up, stepping right into the same old wrong routine. What is up with that? Another person has been thinking about losing weight but seems to cave to everything put before them. That person would never let a two year old physically threaten them. They wouldn’t even be intimidated. That would be ridiculous. But they will be beat up by a piece of strawberry cheesecake that they caved to – over and over again. Again, “What’s up with that?”

This is why I love Psalm 25:6. “Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, which you have shown throughout the ages.” and Lamentations 3:22-23, “Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” These verses are telling us that God understands us. He understands we get out of whack. He is merciful and desires, from a heart of lovingkindness, to help us. He desires to help us new and afresh every morning. You know what that means? It means you have God’s supernatural help to throw out what you were doing yesterday and start over afresh today with a new plan.

Insanity is defined as repeating the same thing and expecting a different result. We don’t have to do the same thing. When things aren’t working, we shouldn’t do the same thing. We should say, “Okay Lord, this isn’t working and I need to take a new and fresh approach. Please help me with your supernatural help.” Get a plan from God and start it new the next day. If you didn’t nail it that next day, His mercy is fresh and new the following. Try again toward that fresh approach till you get it. But, LEAN ON HIS HELP!

This is why Jesus said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible." He said it because He understands you. He is compassionate toward you. He is for you and not against you. He is merciful toward you. And He will help you! And if you don’t get it right today, He is not disgusted with you. He is faithful in His love toward you. You are His future success story. Don’t forget those words, “because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” If you didn’t get it right today, He’ll help you again tomorrow.

But, in all this, get serious! Throw out the old plan. Get His new plan. Write it down. Rehearse it before you go to bed and again the second you wake up. And sing about His tender mercies and loving kindness as you begin to walk it out!

So, to you I say, “YES YOU CAN. He’ll help you!” Now get to it!

Psalm 103:4 “He ransoms me from the pit and surrounds me with love and tender mercies.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Have You Asked God For What You Need?

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


James 4:2-3 "You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you have not have because you ask not. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures."

At one of our Wednesday night church services, I was watching a little four-year old boy during the Praise & Worship. This little boy was dancing so freely and from his heart to the Lord. He had his hands raised to the Lord in worship and was just a pure joy to watch. As I watched this little boy I was reminded of two verses, Psalm 8:2 "From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise...." And, "MAT 18:4 “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." I thought, 'this little boy is having a sweet time before the Lord and doesn't even know enough to care what others think.' Praise God for the innocent. If we as adults could just get that free and easily worship the Lord, Oh how it would positively affect our lives.

There is something else that little children do. Children ask! They ask for everything! They don't think about price or cost to us. They just know they want it and they ask. Little children are usually very carefree in asking for what they want. It takes them a long time to learn how and what to ask for. I always liked that my children were carefree in asking for what they wanted. I thought, "At least this way they'll learn and they will get more things along the way because they do ask."

Kids ask for treats right before dinner. Kids ask for things that for some parents, exceed their budget. Kids ask for things you don't want them to have. In the beginning, they ask for everything. At least mine did. Over the years, they matured and learned what was okay to ask for and what wasn't, and why. Over time, they caught on and freely asked for what they knew Renee and I were glad to give them.

When I grew up as a boy, I thought my parents were poor because there was ten children in our family. I never asked Dad or Mom for anything because I didn't want the family deprived. My next younger sibling - my sister, was the same way. But our next younger brother was the opposite of us. He asked for everything! And you know what? It seemed like he got it all! He'd get a new bike while we tried to be happy with our old ones. He always seemed to be asking Dad and Mom for something that he "just had to have." My sister and I were trying to be appropriate and not put pressure on them for what we thought they couldn't afford. Consequently we didn't get much of anything compared to our brother. Over time, we both became jealous because we saw that dad gave our "asking brother" most of what he wanted. If we would have only asked, we also would have been given much more. When we would later talk with Dad about it he would say, "What do you think your mother and I were - mind readers? We didn't know you wanted anything. All you had to do was ask."

As a Christian learning these truths, I look back at my brother now and realize, he was the smart one. He asked – not because he was more selfish but because he had a better sense of faith in my parents to supply his needs.

Today's Fresh Manna indicates that people fight over their desire for stuff. It's true. We see jealous people envious over the things of others all the time. People today want the government to give them what they want and if they can't, then take it from the rich and give it to them. If we were like that little boy I told you about, we would just learn to ask the Lord. So what if you’re wrong in what you ask Him for? Isn't the Holy Spirit able to teach you and help you develop discernment? Don't you think the Lord will show you what is permissible to ask for? Will He be offended at any immaturity in your asking? Is He less gracious that a good parent? The Lord would rather have you asking Him for help than carrying jealously and envy over what others have. God is not a genie and neither are parents. But maturity in asking does come over time. And God does care! Phil 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, BUT IN EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”The thing we should feel guilty about is not asking at all! You can't believe how many people there are that just don't ask God for anything. He says, "WE HAVE NOT BECAUSE WE ASK NOT."

You view of what God is willing to help with is most likely, way too small! Many can’t imagine God caring about their personal needs and wants - or they believe He doesn't have time to care. God DOES cares about your needs. Philippians 4:19 says, "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."

I have asked the Lord for so many things over the years. I have done so because when I ask in faith, it is pleasing and honoring to the Lord. He wants us dependent upon Him for everything. When we have to lean on ourselves we know we are in trouble. There are far too many things that we are incapable in ourselves of getting, doing, or accomplishing. Learning what to ask God for won't happen without reading the word of God where His will is revealed. From there its a matter of developing a pure heart and asking in faith.

Do you have a need? Ask in faith believing. Let the Lord teach you. Be patient and be confident that no good thing will he withhold from you. Say it and believe it!

Psalm 84:11 tells us "For the LORD God is our light and protector; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Society's Need: A Moral Foundation

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Last night I watched a 19-year-old man, Kirani James win Grenada's first medal in Olympic history, winning the gold medal in the men's 400 meter event. This fine young man has represented his country in more than just sports and track. He has shown Olympian character throughout everything he has done. I am not putting him on a pedestal that no person can live up to. That place is for Jesus alone. But I am always appreciative of those have obtained the stature of role models and actually are a great one for any person to view and learn from. We need them more than ever in this dark world.

In contrast to this, the commercials between the Olympics, previewing upcoming television shows for this Fall seem to get darker and darker with each year that passes. Every year they seem to try to redefine what normal is in this world. Some of the cable networks have had a profanity free-for-all because of a recent judicial ruling. Many of the networks are working to promote homosexuality as normal because they see this as an election year battle for whether same-sex marriage will be the new accepted norm. The liberal media is on the side of "normalizing" homosexuality and promoting same-sex marriage and has the power of Hollywood to support it. They do this despite the national polls showing that the majority of Americans do not agree with same-sex marriage or homosexuality. The fact is, more than ever, we are in a day where evil is called good and good evil. In saying that, I am not calling a person, a people group, or a culture of people, evil. I am calling the activities and behaviors that are contrary to God’s word evil. That would include anything that I or anyone else might do that would be inappropriate. (And that sometimes happens.)

Jesus died for us so that we could be forgiven of our sins. If we love Him and live to walk after His ways, His Word, and the leading of His Spirit, that is what He asks of us. Will we ever fail in the process? Of course we will! That is why we need Jesus to begin with. Only His mercy and grace pave the way for any of us to obtain Heaven's residence. Only the leading of His Spirit and the instruction of His Word help us stay on His path in this life. But forgiveness of sin and His great mercy and grace does not create an acceptance for what God has described as sin. Sin is never okay! It's not about making God angry. God is love and is full of love - not anger. He is trying to lovingly draw us into His ways. He is not throwing lightning bolts at us or killing us with car accidents, cancer, and disease, or nature. He is trying to reach us by His goodness - by His blessings that touch our life and make us thankful. Romans 2:4 says, "... that the goodness of God leads you to repentance." This world was never created by Him for the functioning of sin. Sin is a curse. It steals from us and destroys lives. It takes society everywhere it does not want to go!

We are now living in a time where the general population is beginning to call evil good and good evil. This is not a new thing but it is a dangerous thing. Every society that has embraced sin and made it it's norm instead of seeking God's instructions for righteous living, has collapsed at one time or another. No society is immune from the effects of embracing sin. There were times when God would warn His people when they got off track. They would get caught up in the cultures of the world around them and stray from the way God intended for them to live. They would pull further and further from the Lord and before long they would begin to call what was considered evil by God, good, and what was considered good by God, evil. God warned them of making this mistake. Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness or light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."

Today, I want you simply to understand this: the truth of God’s desires for society and culture are given only to us by God’s word – ways which never change. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” What God considers evil will always stay evil. What God considers good will always remain good. Do not tolerate evil in your life. Pursue good with all your heart.

In life's quest, be sure that you look for the good in people and love them for the good you find. At the same time, do not build a tolerance for evil out of those relationships. Oppose evil so it will not consume you. Oppose it so that you can be a light to a dark world. Oppose it by sharing the love and acceptance of Jesus. That does not mean you accept evil behaviors. It also does not mean you become anyone’s judge or jury. I receive Jesus’ love in my own life while never accepting any sinful or wrong behaviors or attitudes. As I see them, I will expose them by confessing them to God and asking for His grace to change. That is all any of us can do. Oppose evil because God hates evil and the destruction it permeates on mankind. Be vocal and call evil what it is – even in the midst of persecution. Don't attack people because most every person has good that they do and evil that they succumb to. But oppose evil behavior and resist it in your life and in society. Do what you can to prevent it from ever become a norm!

Proverbs 16:12 (MSG) "Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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