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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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