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Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus – Must See!

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Flash mobI wish I was in a mall when one of these broke out! I know I'd never forget it! Tis still the season! Enjoy!


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Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Managing Conflict in a Godly Way.

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I read a story in the newspaper that said this: "Sixteen years after a jury called him a killer and a judge sentenced him to prison, a former Tustin Marine corporal stood in a Santa Ana courtroom Thursday and wept as he was declared a free and innocent man. Apologizing for a justice system's grave error, Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald told 38-year-old Kevin Lee Green that he hoped the second half of his life would somehow make up for the lost time."

Another story reported this: "The day he was wrongly convicted of rape, Calvin Johnson Jr. stood firm and told the judge, "As God is my witness, you've got the wrong man." He served 16 years of a life sentence, believing one day he'd be exonerated. Johnson was freed Tuesday after DNA evidence proved he could not have committed the crime. "I don't see any reason to harbor any bitterness," Johnson said as he left the Clayton County courthouse with his father and two sisters. "If you hold something like that inside you, it just destroys you. Now it's time for me to go on with my life."
These real life stories remind us of the story we know of Joseph and the wrongful accusations against him by a woman who lusted after him and then falsely accused him. It resulted in his sitting in prison for many years. Like the men in the newspaper articles, Joseph kept his heart right and the Lord was able to work in His life and bring him out. Jesus was also falsely accused over and over again. It was false accusation that led to His walk to Calvary to die for our sins.

Prov 6:19 says that something God hates is this: “… a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers." I will give you a simple example of this. When I’ve had people in my office for counseling, a majority are there because of getting offended at someone else. "So and so said this." "So and so did that.” “This is going on in my life and it's so and so’s fault!" The truth is, for every person's story of being hurt; there is another side and another perspective. And this is the saddest part. The majority of all offenses are over misunderstandings that could have been worked out by two reasonable people that would sit down face-to-face and kindly talk it out.

One of the greatest lessons I have learned in life is that when something goes wrong, keep your emotions in check and find out what happened. Get the facts before you let your emotions go one inch. People get upset over something, let their emotions vomit out hurtful words and anger, and create an eruption of trouble that could have been easily resolved through conversation and getting the facts. Anger can feel like a sneeze - good to get out but it always carries regret and hurts more than it helps! James 1:20 (NLT) says, "Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires."   



People too often hurt each other and never work through it. Most people are horrible at working through conflict. Even though the Bible instructs us to go back to those that "we have ought with," and work it out. Very few do. Most let it churn inside and then let it evolve to bitterness and deep hurt. Then most go around painting verbal pictures of "what so and so did." When this happens, that person could be acting as a false witness or slanderer. They could be getting someone in trouble or decreasing their good name by the words of hurt that they speak against the one they were hurt by. People do this! They want to justify themselves and hurt back.

We want to make sure we are not unwarily giving place to this in our lives. It will harden our heart in unforgiveness and bitterness. When this happens, we shut out God's presence and the power that is available to help and heal. We become callous and insensitive to His presence, leadings, and promptings. Staying sensitive to God and His presence in our life is no insignificant matter. Therefore we have to put away the things that harden our hearts.

I don't know of any greater weakness overall in the body of Christ than the ignorance of or unwillingness to work through relational conflict. In the story of Joseph, his brothers were just plain mean and jealous. There won't be any great relational resolution with people that are wicked, hard, or mean. But, in the body of Christ, that should not be so.

We have a church of ten thousand people. Needless to say, I am busy on the weekends. I am a very smiley person by nature but, sometimes in church, when I am helping someone or taking care of a situation, I’m on a mission. On at least thee occasions over the 30 years at church, I’ve had people say to me, “Pastor, you are mad at me aren’t you?” Being shocked to hear that I asked them why in the world they’d think such a thing. “Because you walked by me without smiling or saying hi.” “When did I do that?” “Two years ago.” I was always shocked but apologetic. I assured them I wasn't mad at them and most likely didn't even notice them as I was helping someone else.

The question is this; Are they now going to be able to go back and tell all those people over the past two years that they had told I was rude to them, that it was a misunderstanding based on their wrong perspective? Proverbs 10:18 (NLT) says, "Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool." Damaging someone's name or reputation because of a hurtful perspective that could be resolved is wrong and makes you foolish. Proverbs 20:3 (NLT) gives us a better standard! "Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling."  If we acted as Christians, kindly searched for the facts of a misunderstanding and dealt with it, we would be doing what God wants us to do and it would be a "mark of honor."

The Apostle Paul told and modeled what our high standard should be in Acts 24:16. “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.” Paul makes it simple. "I don't stay offended not at God or man!"
When we tear people down, the Holy Spirit is trying to get us to stop. We can sense it if we are sensitive to Him. If getting offended and talking to others about it is your norm, you will become hard and used to overriding God's still small voice. The result will be, you will lose your ability to sense the presence of God that helps you forgive so that you can bring, power, life, direction, healing, miracles, and the touch of His love to others.

The thought of being cut off from all that God has for me gives me the chills. And so I choose to remind myself the Apostle Paul's standard and live by it being full of the forgiveness Jesus forgave me with. “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Protect and Guard These Valuable Things!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


We had a cat named Cuddles for almost 15 years.  She was a sweet cat that my kids loved. One of my sons in particular seemed to own her by his consistent affection toward her.

A few years ago, some friends asked us if we would take in a kitten that they could not keep because of allergies. I caved and we took it into our home. It wasn't a good idea. It was far too frisky and Cuddles, our first cat was too old to adapt. It turned Cuddles from a sweet and wonderful cat into a cranky and hissing monster. She couldn't stand the kitten. My son who loved Cuddles that most became very enamored with the kitten. His affection had shifted from Cuddles to the new kitten. He began to see Cuddles in more of a negative light. One day when he was complaining about Cuddles, I reminded him of how much he loved her and of how sweet she was before the kitten came on the scene. He was having trouble remembering how much he had loved Cuddles and her pattern of always being a nice cat.

The kitten was too much for our home. We found a new place for it and for Cuddles sake had to give it up. When we did, Cuddles immediately turned back into her sweet self. She won back the affections of my son who was temporarily hurting from the pain of the lost kitten. It was fun to watch him return to holding her with love and affection, forgetting that short cranky spell she went through when her space was invaded.

Concerning people in our life, it's important to remember the good things about someone that has been loving to you for so long if they hit a bump in the road, if they get cranky, if something hurts their reputation, or if the affection for something or someone else tries to replace them. 

2 Tim 1:13 -14 says, “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”  In this verse, we see the Apostle Paul instructing the disciples around him to look at his pattern of sound teaching. He wanted them to value and guard this new way of life in obedience to God's Word. Paul was a living example of how to think and be like Jesus. He knew that his influence was impacting their life. He knew it was important for them to learn the word but he also knew they needed to see someone live it out in real life. He was also warning them that others were out to ruin his reputation and he wanted his disciples to remember the kind of man he was! There were many who hated Paul out of jealousy, believing he was a heretic. They were continuously trying to destroy his reputation and character through lies and rumors. He wanted the disciples to remember who he was and what he represented. When the lies and rumors hit them, he wanted them to guard their hearts and remember the truth about his pattern of sound teaching. Paul knew what we should all learn. That people who are leaders for God are hated by the enemy. Because they are, Satan works to lie and tear down their reputations like he did with Jesus.

You wouldn't think Paul would have to worry about that but think for a minute; Jesus was one day teaching, preaching, casting out demons and healing everyone around Him. They believed Him to be a prophet of God if not the Messiah Himself. Yet after the persecution started, they turned their back on Jesus and forgot about what they had heard and seen and instead believed the rumors and lies. Paul knew that this was a common fickleness of man’s behavior.

I have found that focusing on the good patterns in people has truly helped me value them at times when the devil would try to devalue them or cause upheaval in their lives. At some point in life, the devil is out to destroy everyones reputation and character. Usually some kind of problem or misunderstanding happens. Then negative words or rumors start flying. Then the devil works to get us to pay attention and believe those negative comments or rumors more than years of a pattern of good things.  People that get sucked in by the lies about good godly people end up throwing away good relationships and friendships that have been a blessing to them like they were used Kleenex. I've seen people pick up other's offenses against their Pastor and ending up abandoning him just because another was offended at something. It is so sad! Value good people that have shown you long time love and care. Don't be part of an attack against someone else's reputation.  Stand up for them. You've seen their good pattern of life. Don't easily forget it! 

In 1 Corinthians 13, we are instructed that our default mode should be to believe and assume the best of someone instead of easily being persuaded to believe the worst.

I remember years ago, being upset with someone I considered a friend. He had in my opinion made a few bad chooses which affected and upset me. For a while we were at odds with each other. I ran things through my mind over and over again and as I did, he became more and more of a villain. I had been praying about this when the Lord stopped me. He said, “I want you to think about everything you have ever liked about this person and the pattern of good in their life. Think about the blessing they've been to you for so long!” I started thinking about our friendship, what a good person he was, and all the things I liked about him. I remembered what a good friend he had been. As I did, the good feelings immediately started surfacing and bad feelings started to dissipate. It enabled me to back off with a more open perspective and desire to sit down and work out our differences. We worked things out and our friendship was better and stronger than before.

Being able to hold on to the best of people and overlook their flaws and mistakes is a supernatural doing. It takes the help of the Holy Spirit. That is why the Apostle Paul said, "Guard the good deposit (what you have viewed and believed about good people) that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us." It all starts with asking God to help you hold on to and remember and focus on the good you've seen and experienced from people in your life! Value relationships! They are not used Kleenex to throw away. They are a gift from God. Guard them!

Proverbs 20:3 (NLT) "Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor: only fools insist on quarreling."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Monday, December 09, 2013

Do You See in You What God Wants You to See?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


We were recently blanketed with a late snow here in Minnesota-land. One upside of this early snowfall is that it is so beautiful to look at and be out in. Everything is covered with pure virgin white snow and almost every where you look, you see this breathtakingly beautiful majestic picture of fresh snow.
Where in some states, the snow quickly melts, that is not the case here. We will have this snow with us until at least March. When it finally warms up in the Spring, the snow melts and the opposite of what I just described comes. The accumulated litter from the entire winter is seen everywhere. It will be there until all the city road crews and volunteers do a massive Spring clean up.

This reminds me how we feel when we lose sight of the fact that God has forgiven our sins through Jesus Christ. When we forget His robe of righteousness that He, by His doing, chose to place upon the ones who would receive Him, we begin to see litter everywhere. That robe of righteousness covers our sins and shortcomings like a fresh blanket of snow covers the litter on the ground. It helps us not to see our own human imperfections and failings. Isa 61:10 says, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness…”

When we draw near to the Lord, it's good to reflect on what Jesus did for us. When we receive Him as Lord and Savior, He puts this robe of righteousness upon us so that when He looks at us, He sees someone who was washed and made pure before Him. This is an awesome revelation of the gift of His love. It is our ongoing challenge to become Christ-like. That transformation is a life-long project. As we work to put on Christ and try to shed our old worldly thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors, we will still at times, sin and blow it. But that only shows the love and graciousness of the Lord! In His mercy, He has made provision for sincere repentance as we go through the life-long process of cleaning up the filthiness of our flesh as we sin in 1 John 1:9 (NIV)  "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

As we sincerely work at this, the Lord does not want us to walk through life sin-conscience but instead righteousness-conscience. When we are sin-conscience always listening to the condemnation of Satan showing us our failures and working to heap us in guilt, then we only see the litter in our life. It is not pretty. It makes us feel filthy and unworthy, and makes us want to quit and run from God. But when we live in a spirit of thankfulness for God’s robe of righteousness, our thankfulness will actually translate into spiritual strength and a greater desire to live more righteously. We see the majestic beauty our lives can represent because of His love and acceptance of us.

2 Cor. 7:1 says, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

“Cleansing ourselves from the filthiness of the spirit…” is not just changing your behaviors. It is cleansing our self from unbelief. Instead of thinking that God is mad at you and wants to punish you, you should instead see yourself in this robe given by Him that has made you as white as snow and forgiven of sin. This is His righteousness working in you. When you understand that this is the way God sees you, then you will “…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.” Hebrews 4:16  


Coming boldly to the throne room is coming knowing He has adorned you in His robe of righteousness to cover the “litter” of your life by Jesus' shed blood. This is how you cleanse yourself of “filthiness of spirit" – by coming in faith in what He has done and does for you; not just what you can do in yourself. When you get this truth and live by it, you grow in assurance of His love and have greater faith that the promises of God are yours. Now you can begin to live boldly by faith in them.

God’s covenant of promised blessing to Abraham and his future seed reaches all the way into our lives today through that faith. Galatians 3:14 says,”God redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

The promises of blessings to God’s children abound throughout the Bible. Your robe of righteousness allows you to access to them today. Will you believe and thank God for His promises in all areas of your life? Will you learn them? Will you pray boldly in faith believing in the face of contrary circumstance baiting you to unbelief?

God wants to supernaturally bless you. Can you believe that in faith without wavering? Pray like David did and you'll be reminded of what God has done for you! Psalm 138:2 (NLT) “I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.”

Isaiah 1:18 (NLT) “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Friday, December 06, 2013

The Piano Guys for Christmas

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Enjoy this unusual rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High" by the Piano Guys! Fun to watch!






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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Women: Remember Who You Are!

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Ladies, be reminded of how great God created you to be!





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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

God's Ultimate Makeover for You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


There are so many wonderful art strokes from God’s hands throughout nature that some times it’s hard for my eyes to believe what I am actually seeing because of the awesomeness of its beauty. One of those times was from a cockpit on a beautiful clear night at 33,000 feet. I worked for an airline for 13 years. I remember one night the pilots asked me to come up to the cockpit. We had the most amazing view of the greatest display of Northern Lights I had ever seen. It was one thing seeing them from the ground. It was another thing seeing them that high up in the dark of the night. I was memorized almost not being able to believe what I was seeing. (You can see a fantastic video of Northern lights at http://www.northern-lights.no/ )

When I think of this it makes me think of Abraham. The God of the universe makes a personal and intimate promise to this man. If we wonder if God talks to the heart of man, that question is answered in these verses. If we wonder if God cares about what we care about, that question is answered in these verses. If we wonder if God keeps His promises, you find that He always has as he did for AbrahamGod used one of His art strokes to help paint a picture of promise to Abraham. Gen 15: 5-6  “Then the Lord brought Abram outside beneath the night sky and told him, "Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that—too many to count!" And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord credited it to him as righteousness because of his faith." If we wonder if God will do things greater than we could possibly conceive out of love for us – Jesus already proved it to be so.

When you were a child, you probably had your parent or parents make promises to you that you wanted them to reassure to you over and over again. Hopefully they kept their promises to you. Over the course of life, there are so many broken promises, so much disillusionment, and so many times our hopes and expectations are shattered that we lose trust in anyone’s promises including God. We can’t let that distrust infect our trust in God’s promises. Unbelief is the enemy of faith and the hindering force and obstacle to the fulfillment of God’s promises in our life. Promises from God are ushered into our lives through sincere heart understanding of what they are and through our faith in them. Hebrews 11:6 opens our eyes to this revelation of truth. “So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”

God made Abraham promises and to Abraham's credit, he believed God! His belief or his faith changed the world! He makes promises to you that will change your world! The first thing the God promises to one who becomes a Christian – to one who has accepted Jesus as personal Lord and Savior, is that He will have His Holy Spirit come to live within you. That is mind-boggling and a fact that to many Christians are unaware of or don't really understand! This happens the second a person sincerely gives their life to Jesus. The Holy Spirit is given to you as a gift from God to give you supernatural strength and help for the transformation of your life! That is why Jesus said, "You must be born again." The Holy Spirit within you helps transform you into a new person – one who begins to see and understand life through God's eyes. The Holy Spirit enables that to happen. 2 Cor 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” That word creature is a Greek word that means you’ve been made over again. It carries the meaning of being remanufactured, or a brand new creation and carries the connotation that you are under someone else’s proprietorship – God Himself. 1 Cor 6:20 says, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.” Jesus paid the price for your redemption – therefore you belong to Him. He is making you a brand new creature from the inside out. As you respond to the Holy Spirit – as the scriptures lead and instruct you in how to think, how to behave, how to love, and what attitude to carry in life, then over time God transforms you into a “new creature.” If you gave your life to Jesus today and walked closely with Him letting Him work in your heart – fifteen years from now people wouldn’t recognize you. You’d be a new person inside.

In Minnesota, the moment Spring comes, the roads come under construction. They rip them up and rebuild them. God's word has that effect upon our lives. It's a good thing – part of the transformation God wants to do in us. Scriptures speak to our heart and begin that renovation such as in Colossians 3:10 (NLT) "Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him."The great news is, you don't have to do this in your own will power or strength. The Holy Spirit supernaturally helps you change in God's strength! God will truly help you clean up your life and rebuild you into a “new creature.”

There are many marvels like the Northern Lights that are so beautiful and wonderful to behold. As beautiful as they are, I don't think anything compares to the life of someone who has been utterly transformed by the power of God and changed from a person who lived to serve themselves, into a person who has become Christ-like and lives to serve the Lord and those around them.  Are you ready for a makeover?  Ask Jesus to be your Savior. If you already have, then ask God to change you! Get ready for the ultimate makeover that only He can do in you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Monday, December 02, 2013

A Prayer for Our Nation

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A Prayer for Our Nation
by Kenneth Copeland

 Heavenly Father, I come before You in the Name of Jesus on behalf of the United States of America. I pray for a shield of divine protection over this country and for insight and uncovering of all terrorist activity. I rebuke the spirit of fear and terror. It has no place here.

Father, You said the heart of the king is in Your hand, and You turn it whichever way You choose. So I ask You to direct the heart and mind of President  Obama. I pray for the wisdom of God, that he makes the right decisions. I also pray for his divine strength and health. I set myself in agreement with him that we receive these things, in Jesus' Name.

I give thanks that our government is upon Jesus' shoulder, and I hold up in prayer all the men and women in positions of authority over us in any way. I pray that the Spirit of the Lord rests upon them and a hedge of protection surrounds them.

I believe skillful and godly wisdom has entered into their hearts, and knowledge is pleasant to them. Discretion watches over them. Understanding keeps them and delivers them from the way of evil and from evil men. Lord, I believe You give them revelation of Your perfect will, and all their decisions are divinely directed by You.

I thank You, Lord, for bringing change to the politics of our nation. Thank You for changing the voices of influence to speak in agreement with Your Word. I ask You to send laborers, filled with the spirit of wisdom and might, to surround our leaders with godly counsel and insight. I also ask You to remove from positions of authority those who stubbornly oppose righteousness, and replace them with men and women who will follow You and Your appointed course for America.

Your Word declares that "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." I receive Your blessing and declare with my mouth that Your people dwell safely in this land and they prosper abundantly.

You said in Your Word that if Your people would turn from their wicked ways and pray, You would heal the land. So Lord, I repent for the sins of this nation. I ask that You would cleanse us and forgive us for idolatry, witchcraft and every kind of disobedience. Grant this nation a spirit of repentance and cover us with Your mercy. As we turn back to You, Lord, I believe the land is being healed.

As we enter the final hours of the last days, I ask for the spirit of faith, the working of miracles, for signs, wonders, gifts, and demonstrations of the Holy Spirit and power to be in strong operation. Let believers in the United States and in every land be unified to stand strong by faith in Jesus, the Anointed One and His Anointing, that Your glory may be revealed in all the earth.

I thank You that the good news of the gospel is published in our land, and Your Word prevails and grows mightily in the hearts and lives of the people. I declare that Jesus is Lord over these United States!

Thank You, Lord, that these requests come to pass. I believe I receive, in Jesus' Name. Amen!

 
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Behind the Scenes Help to Overcome

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you thought about and do you have faith that God and His angelic forces are working behind the scenes in your life to help you experience victory? If not, you want to. Deut. 28:7 reveals God’s promised blessing, "The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”

When we read in our Bible about David, we realize that he was a man that had his seasons of hardship, but also had a life filled with many great victories. Some of his hardships were a product of his flawed humanity in the same way some of ours are from our flawed humanity. Others were attacks of the enemy against his life. Although David had some difficult seasons of life, he had a life filled with many victories that came at the hand of God by the grace of God. Understand that David’s victories were a part of God's covenant promises to him and that God was there over the process of David's life helping him win these victories. God and His angelic forces were involved in the unseen realms of David’s life and battles.

God is with usDavid’s success was primarily the result paying attention to and having faith in God's leading and being obedient to the Lord. David loved God and did his best to live out each day expecting God to bless him and help him defeat the enemies of his life. The Bible says, "IN THE COURSE OF TIME, David defeated the Philistines" and dominated his enemies. David was involved in many battles, but his confidence was not in himself. His confidence and faith were in God’s promise to help him. He always believed God would help him. Consequently, his enemies either disappeared, were defeated, or actually turned to follow, appreciate, and love him and his leadership. Some of David’s enemies ended up becoming his friends AND ended up bringing him tribute. David’s victories always brought him increase. This was the manifestation of promises made to David and his seed. Through faith we are his seed. These are promises to us also. (Galatians 3:29)

promises of GodOur lives are intertwined with God. We are doing our part and God is faithful to His part. As a matter of fact, I can tell you what your testimony will be one day when you experience your victories and look back. You will say, “There were so many times where I wasn't as faithful as I should have been, but God was always faithful—Always!” That’s the point! You can trust God because He is faithful to you even when you miss it with Him.

Not everyone seeks God for the things that would cause them to inherit these promised blessings of victory and tribute. God wants to be with us and He wants His promises to become ours. Jesus paid the highest price possible just so we could succeed for His glory, but we do have a part. First we have to believe. We have to believe that He is with us, that He is for us, and that He has given these promises to us as a source of supernatural provision and help in this earthly life. We have to be confident that He is working in and through us and in the behind-the-scenes of our life. Bumps in the road and setbacks cannot be allowed to become disqualifiers of our faith. Hopelessness has to be cast out. Our declaration of God being faithful and true to His promises in our life needs to spill from our mouth in prayer and daily conversation—and DESPITE any bleak picture the enemy works to paint through negative circumstances. Believe me, David had plenty of them.

God qualifies I remember many times where I felt that I had a personally failed God by making some fleshly choices. How could I think of God blessing me? Look at how I had been acting. Look what I had been doing. God couldn't possibly bless me. He is probably letting my enemies defeat me! Of course the devil was right there to affirm my failure and accuse me saying that God saw me as hard-hearted and a hopeless case. That was a lie. I may have failed God in the moment but I loved Him and was determined to do better. In times like that, you have to believe that God is bigger than your momentary mistake or bad choice. He is. I just made sure I was quick to sincerely repent and work harder to do better. But it’s only Jesus that could live and walk out perfect obedience to the Father. For me it’s going to be far more imperfect. But the shed blood of Jesus Christ had made me righteous and qualified me for God’s love and blessing despite my shortcomings.

As we try to walk out our walk with God the best we can, we have to believe that He can and will accomplish greater and greater things through us. We have to believe He will help defeat the demonic forces that come against us. Declare it! “I bind you Satan and every demonic attack you have launched against me, against my family, and against our finances. I take authority over you and command you to flee.” When this is our position in Him—when you will be committed to it and you will not be wavering in it—then you will begin to experience the covenant promise of victories over negative circumstances because of your faith in God working on your behalf. Believe that what the devil meant for evil, God will turn for good. Believe the promise that says “though your enemies (the devil) comes against you one way, he must flee seven ways.” Believe that the things he has stolen from you will come back with blessing and increase. David always got tribute: what He took back from the enemy when his battles were won.

Remember that God and His angelic hosts are responding to your faith in His promises and are working behind the scenes toward your victories. You may have setbacks in your life, but as God’s child, victories and tribute belongs to you!

1 Chr 18:6 “David put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and BROUGHT TRIBUTE. The Lord gave David VICTORY everywhere he went."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Words and a Chanukah Story

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by Pastor Tim Burt


May God’s richest blessings reach your heart through the love of Jesus in the days ahead! Happy Thanksgiving to All!   

1 Chronicles 16:8 "Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people"

The Words of President Abraham Lincoln
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 Chanukah to our Jewish friends from the Burt family to each and every one of you! God bless you richly!


A tiny Jewish force, led by Mattathias and his five sons Yohanan, Shimon, Judah, Eleazar, and Yonaton take on the Greek army. The oldest son Judah is nicknamed Maccabee, which is an acronym for mi komocho ba'alim Hashem, "who is like you among the powers O God," – the battle cry of the Jewish people.

After three years of a twenty-five year battle, the Jews re-conquer Jerusalem and the Holy Temple, but they find the sanctuary defiled and desecrated. They purify the Temple and rededicate it and when they ready to light a makeshift menorah, there is only one vial of holy oil, enough for a single day. Miraculously the light stays lit for eight days, the time it takes to press and deliver new oil.

On Chanukah, which begins on the 25th of Kislev (this year Thanksgiving), we celebrate two miracles: 1) the heroic victory against a vastly superior army; and 2) the rededication of our spiritual center, the Temple in Jerusalem. Although the military victory may be more impressive for history texts, for the Jewish people the light of the menorah, the eternal flame that is our inner strength is the greater celebration.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt


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Saturday, November 23, 2013

If My People Will Pray

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Today I am sharing a poem I stumbled upon that was written by a friend of my twelve years ago. It seems to speak louder today than when I first wrote it.  

If My People Pray by Sue Ellen Elliot

 


In the midst of the ashes
A woman stood tall
Never believing these buildings could fall
could fall
 
Tears silently coursed
down her face
Feeling the sadness
of her country's disgrace

As she looked up to heaven
And asked her God why
She received many answers
As she felt Him reply 

I founded this country
on dignity and grace
In the hearts of your leaders
I still had a place 

Not a decision decided
Without thoughtful prayer
Not a meeting attended
Without inviting Me there

 Humbled before Me
On bended knee
Your leaders sought answers
For their liberty 

Empowered by the prayers
Of the saints in those days
There were many incredible
And miraculous displays 

But somewhere so subtly
Along the line
People decided I was not right
For this time

They stopped praying for directions
On what to do next
And decided to print
What would look good on text 

I was told I was unwelcome
By word and by deed
As for God in the meetings
There was simply no need 

So you see my dear child
I was watching that day
Although I am God
I was told go away 

I have given free will
To the hearts of all men
And if uninvited
Cannot force my way in 

The questions what now?
Will continue to come
I cannot give all the answers
But I will give you one

The tragedies and sadness
You have seen on this day
Can be avoided in the future
If My people will pray

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt


 
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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Your Faith Becoming His Power Working in You

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Do you ever feel the pressure of not having things you really need? I don't know a young married couple that doesn't have needs. It's common for a couple to, at some point, fight over what they don't have trying to figure out how they are going to get it. Does God care about such trivial needs in our life? He does. He cares about all the details of your life. He cares much more about them, than you care to come to Him and pray in faith about them!

 God by His nature seldom does or works things out in a conventional way. He often answers prayer in ways that are greater and produce better results that we could ask or think.  We please and honor Him when we trust and believe in His promises knowing that He delights in helping and blessing us. Having faith in this becomes His power working in us. Eph. 3:20 (NIV) says, “Now to Him (God) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…”

It isn’t enough to know that God is able. You much believe that He is willing and desirous to help you! You must have faith in that. It is the key to “…His power at work within us…”  Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) amplifies this truth!  "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him."

This is the kind of faith Abraham pleased God with. God called him the Father of our faith because of His belief. Let’s read about it.

Romans 4:16-22 (NLT) “So that's why faith is the key! God's promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it…if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, "I have made you the father of many nations." This happened because Abraham believed the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed him. God had also said, "Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars," even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible! And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able to have children. Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything He promised...” 
It is our faith in God’s promises that honors God. It is the power of God working in us.

God is not a “genie” in a bottle. God blesses out of a heart of love to those that love Him and have faith in Him. His Word teaches us His will so that we learn to ask according to His will. 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV) "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of Him." 

The Holy Spirit helps us mature in what we should pray for. We might at times miss it like a little child asking for candy before dinner. But also like little children, we grow up and mature. Good parents aren't upset when their kids wrongly ask for something. They just train them what is appropriate over time. The Holy Spirit does that for us also. To ask and be wrong is better that to not ask so that you "don't bother God because there is too much for Him to do." That mentality is not pleasing to Him. That is a cursed and wrong perspective of God. The world is NOT too big and filled with too many people to care about! That is what makes Him God!  He is greater than your mind will ever comprehend. So know this! He loves you and cares for every detail of your life!

If you truly love Him and live for Him, then let that kind of faith in what He promises to you, develop into His power working in you.

Renee and I have always built lists regarding everything we need. We keep that list on a cabinet in our kitchen so that as we see God answer our prayers, we can check them off.  We pray about what we need and from that point on we thank Him that the need is met. We have faith that He is working in our behalf despite what any circumstances may look like. We don't put God in a box and say like a child, "I want it now!"  We trust Him with our needs and put our dependency on Him and not ourselves. We know our answers will come just at the right time and seldom as we thought they might! This honors Him. All scripture bears that truth out. It has helped us keep from putting pressure on each other.

Pressures of life come, but Renee and I keep them before the Lord knowing its His delight not only to help us, but to do amazing things in the process – “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.” It helps keep us in unity in prayer rather than fighting and schism over what we don’t have and can’t fix ourselves.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) "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."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 01, 2013

“The Wisdom of Your Father”

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When one of my sons graduated from college a few years ago, he landed a great job with a good income. He is now reaping the benefits of years of hard work. He is a young man learning to walk out his manhood. He is smart, has a good job that takes smarts, and is capable of making good decisions.

In the first couple years after college, he was figuring out where he wanted to live, what he wanted to buy, how he wanted to spend his time outside of work, etc. His early decisions helped him begin to discover what was important to him and what wasn’t. He made his decisions on his own, not looking for or needing my input. That was fine with me. He’s fully capable of making his own decisions.

Now a couple of years down the road, he asks for my advice on big and little things. I love that he does. He does because we have both grown and matured in our walking out our adult son-father relationship. I have learned to avoid giving input or comments on his decisions unless asked – and even then, being encouraging and helpful. Much of life and decisions are personal preference and he has no obligation to follow in my path or the life I have lived. I have confidence that he will do great things, and have an exciting life learning how to live out his life for God and before God.

He has learned that he doesn’t need to learn everything the hard way. He's learned that there are many roads that he will journey down that simple wisdom from others can make smoother. I can offer gentle suggestions at times like that sharing my knowledge and experience and he can decide where to go from there. I don’t have to have an answer for everything. I just have to honest. Do you know how sweet it is to hear the words, “Dad, I have got this situation and here is how I am thinking about handling it – what do you think?”

That kind of exchange between us blesses me more than I can tell you. I’m not wanting to tell him what to do with his life. I’d just love to help him avoid pitfalls or give him a simple suggestion if it will help him. He realizes that and is not intimidated by it any more. I have learned and am still learning to say just enough and respect his ability to make decisions – not usurp them with mine.


I sincerely believe that God wants this kind of an intimate and communicative relationship with us where we look to Him for His wisdom and help. God does not want to intimidate us. Nor does he want us to lower Him to a “buddy friendship.” He wants that intimate and delicate Father/son Father/daughter relationship where we respect Him as Almighty God while understanding that He is our God but also our loving Father. When I read about Daniel, it’s how I view his relationship with God. Daniel was a brilliant man who was well educated in secular things, but also in the things of God.

As a young man he was taken captive as slave by the pagan King Nebuchadnezzar. Over time, he was promoted all the way to second in command. He got there because of his trust in God, coupled with his ability and a series of divine interventions of God’s help

Daniel had become a man of great knowledge, great wisdom, and great inner strength. He was surrounded by jealous subordinates continually plotting to take him out. Because of Daniels great ability and inward strength – he could have easily become prideful and leaned on himself and his power to have them executed. It didn’t happen. Daniel was not prideful or manipulative despite the evil of those around him. He trusted God and did only what was right. He was always one to converse with the Lord about everything.

The devil was working through men trying to take out Daniel. They flattered the King treating him like a god and getting the King to sign off on a decree that no one could bow down to anyone except the king. That didn’t change Daniel. Daniel respected the King but knew that God alone was God. He would not follow this decree. He bowed only to God. So when this decree happened, Daniel simply did what he always had done – gone to the his Heavenly Father on his knees for wisdom and help to walk it out.

Daniel 6:10 says, “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” That didn’t magically make everything in life alright just because Daniel prayed and did what was right. To the contrary, it made the devil mad and those being used of the devil mad. They tried to stir up trouble for Daniel. But ultimately, because of this close relationship with God, Daniel trusted and knew God would watch over him. And God did just that – time and time again.

I think if you look back in your life, you will hopefully see that God has watched over you and helped you time and time again. That’s because He loves you as a Father! As Romans 8:15 (NLT) says, “So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God's very own children, adopted into his family—calling him "Father, dear Father." You’ve probably also learned that God doesn’t work like a mythical genie. God does things His way and in His time but most importantly – He is a Father who really does love His children. I love when my children pull on me and I believe God loves it when we have faith in, trust in, and pull on Him.

Proverbs 23:22 “Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don't despise your mother's experience when she is old.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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