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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hilarious! Be Careful What You Ask

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This is Hilarious! It reminds me of Jesus writing on the ground... Enjoy!

Haggai 1:7 (NIV) This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways. Click on the picture!
In His Love,

Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 21, 2012

"Amazing Grace" by Jotta A.



There is a very good chance that you have heard Jotta A. singing "Amazing Grace." But if you have not heard this 10 year old Brazilian boy sing, you are about to hear one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear! Enjoy!


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Just For Fun - New Counseling Technique - Hilarious!

This is probably my favorite all-time funny video! It is absolutely hilarious! We've never tried this counseling technique at church, but maybe there is something to it! Enjoy!




In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Som Sabadell flashmob: An Experience We Would All Like to Have

I wish this would happen where I live! What an awesome experience to have!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Building Character into Your Marriage

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The majority of all people that I know face challenges of one kind or another - financial, relational, physical, mental, and more.

Whenever we face challenges, we face pressure. When I think of personal pressure, I think of a force pressing down on me. You know what it's like when you squeeze a toothpaste tube. Toothpaste comes out. When pressure is put on us, what is inside of us comes out. What comes out of us under pressure is what's inside of us. As we've all learned - that is sometimes good and sometimes not so good!

Early on in my marriage with Renee, immaturity is what was in us. When pressure came, immaturity is what came out. We never knew how to respond correctly to pressure. We would only react. We both reacted in different ways but almost none of our reactions were good. If you would have been watching us at times like that, you would have easily thought, "They sure don't love each other." That couldn't have been further from the truth. We loved each other very much. So why didn't it seem like it or why didn't we act like it? It had to do with what was in us.

When I was squeezed back then, all of my pre-Jesus old man that had not yet been transformed by the Holy Spirit, would ooze out of me. The same with Renee. What do I mean by "old man?" We can get a better idea reading in Ephesians 4:21-24 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from Him, put off your old man - your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Holy Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy."

What came out of Renee and I at that time, was not our new nature in Christ. It was a horrible combination of knee-jerk reaction, emotion, and undeveloped character. It wasn't that Renee and I didn't love each other. We just hadn't let Jesus be formed in us enough to get rid of the old way of communicating. Did that work against us? Of course it did! What kept us together? Knowing that WE DID love each other and that we needed God's help in communicating better. We wanted our marriage not only to succeed, but also to be a blessed marriage of God. So how did we turn around our marriage? We learned a valuable lesson from the wisdom of a verse on giving that we applied to our marriage. The verse says, “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”(Prov 11:24-25)
Most people think, "hold on to what you have and you'll end up with plenty. Give away much of what you have and you'll have little less." This verse says the opposite of that. It says, hold on to what you have and you end up with nothing! Give liberally and somehow you miraculously end up with more, AND you get refreshed in the process!

The same thing can happen when fighting breaks out between two people. When communication is going lousy and a couple is verbally beating each other up, each will pull back and withdraw. Each person wants to fight for his or her position of being right. Neither wants to apologize and work toward forgiveness. If you want to learn God's supernatural way of turning things around, then apply today's verse in giving. Instead of withdrawing and defending the position of being right and thereby withholding love - change direction and give love more liberally! Now that is a unique way to respond to pressure!

There were times when Renee and I had a fight. I knew the Word said, "be angry but sin not." I knew the Word said, "Don’t let the sun go down in your anger lest bitterness set in." I knew the Word said, "If you want forgiveness from God then you have to forgive." I knew that the Word said that "where there was strife, there was every evil work of Satan." I knew the right thing to do but wanted to withdraw, not do the right thing. But, I knew as the head of my house, I had to or we would end up in disaster. I did what today's verse said; instead of fighting to win the fight or argument, I gave love more liberally. I asked Renee to forgive me and tried to make things right. Even if she didn't want to forgive right away, I just kept telling her I was sorry and how wonderful she was. I'd sow the seeds of love liberally. "Honey, you were right, I was wrong." "I love you so much; all I want to do is get this right between us and love you more." I would just keep on this path. Love is hard to resist and pretty soon she'd soften, we'd make up. No one said it would be easy and it wasn't. We both had to swallow a lot of pride. Doing things wrong is hard work with lousy results. Doing things right is hard work with good results.

Before long, character was built within each of us. We learned to respond in a loving way. And when pressure came - love flowed even more liberally! And we'd be refreshed with an ongoing blessed and happy marriage!

Luke 6:38 (NLT) Give, and you will receive... "

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Tribute to a Great Man of Faith: Ronald Reagan

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A Tribute to a Great Man of Faith Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan's church put this together to commemorate the birthday of Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately the war against the evil of liberalism is still alive and well, and we fight it even at Bel Air Presbyterian. The liberal Presbyterians are doing all they can to pervert the church from the inside out. Fortunately the conservative Christians are strong at Bel Air. Ronald Reagan loved Bel Air Presbyterian as I do...Enjoy!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 10, 2012

The Chicken Poop Blessing!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The following is a true story sent to me by one of my Fresh Manna readers. I thought it would bless you.

My younger sister Nancy who was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago (followed by a lumpectomy and radiation). At 52 years of age, she found out a month ago that the cancer had returned and she had a double mastectomy almost two weeks ago. Nancy and I have a lovely, amazing cousin named Donna who is in her middle 60s. She is one of the very finest, wisest and most loving people we've ever known. She and her husband Wesley have an orphanage in the jungles of Ecuador, raising abandoned boys from the streets of Quito. When she heard about my sister Nancy's condition, she sent her this note.

Hi Nancy,

I was thinking of you and feeling deeply for you this a.m. and I decided to tell you a story.

Upon returning to Ecuador from the States early this month, as we approached our residence, we found 32 bags of chicken poop that was placed by the gate. Believe it or not...it was a gift. It was some of the nicest chicken poop I have found since living here. It was well aged so it didn't have that terrible stink and didn't attract many flies. How nice.

Why in the world would this be a nice gift? Well, we have lots of mandarin orange trees. Our trees were not doing very well, and some were even dying. The oranges were small and not very tasty. Wesley was talking to some friends about this, and they said chicken poop was the 'answer'. These bags don't usually come for free...not sure how much they cost, but probably over a dollar a bag...so what a nice gift that these thoughtful people had for us when we returned!

Wesley placed the chicken poop around all the orange trees, but I thought we would not see any changes until next crop. Well, not true! Even though the oranges were already on the trees ripening, they suddenly became bigger and better in just three weeks. The branches are now heavy with fruit.

Why was I thinking about this and you at the same time? Please don't take it personally except for the following:

When I think about what has happened to one of my most favorite people in the world...I feel like you were dealt some chicken poop. As the outcome of the oranges became something beautiful, I pray the outcome of your trial becomes something better and greater than you could ever imagine. Trials are so difficult to endure, but God our Savior, Creator, and never failing Friend truly does make all things come out for good. Not only for us, but He also demonstrates His faithfulness to the many around us who may observe our trials. I pray the Lord will continue to heal you, keep you pain free, and help you adjust to these changes. Your family is also in my prayers and close to my heart.

Isn't that just great??? I just laughed my head off, thinking of the Lord needing to spread chicken poop around my feet to make me more fruitful! But I think Donna has it exactly right. Our loving Father never allows difficulties to come, unless he uses them for our good.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

I could sure use more of this kind of fruit, couldn't you? So bring on the chicken poop!!!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 07, 2012