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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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