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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Four Pillars of Good Decision Making

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The decisions you have to make daily may not be at the same level as those working in national security in the pentagon but, you do face decisions that you have to make most every day! It’s good to develop a godly foundation for your decision making processes that will guide you no matter how big or insignificant your decisions may seem.

The first pillar of your decision-making process is this: put God in the center of your decisions doing things His way. This is the example that Joshua set for all those under his leadership. He made things clear. If you are going to follow me, expect to serve God's choices. To Joshua, anything short of looking to God in his decisions was out of the question as we see in Joshua 24:15. "But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

The second pillar is this: know that the place God will ultimately lead you to is a place of blessing. You have to know and have faith that God will lead you to blessing and trust that. It's as simple as the reason a good parent guides a young child into a right decision. The parent guides that child as and act of nurturing and love desiring the best for him or her. God will develop our character, our trust in Him – ultimately developing our faith. And best of all, that will bring us to destination blessing. His Word bares this truth out and you need to settle in your heart. God's first desire in the decisions He wants to help us make is our ultimate blessing. Isaiah 1:19 is one of many promises of God that should convince us of this truth. It says, "If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land." This was meant to be a motivating truth.

The third and fourth pillar of a good decision-making process is being willing or rightly motivated and obedient. Again this is in Isaiah 1:19. It says “If you are willing and obedient.” Neither of these words can stand alone. In the gospels we read when Jesus was asking Peter to pray with Him. He told Peter to pray because “Satan desires to sift you like wheat." Peter was very willing to do what was right. He couldn’t believe that He would ever betray or disobey the Lord. He was willing. He said to Jesus, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." (Mat 26:33) Peter was willing but not obedient. He did not pray. Why? We can only surmise? To tired, to busy, didn't really see the value, "that's good for Jesus - He's into that kind of thing but it's not for me." Who knows? All we know is that he was willing but not obedient. He slept instead of praying and ended up betraying Jesus.

You can also be obedient but not necessarily be willing or rightly motivated. People do all sorts of things - things that look like obedient actions yet their heart is not rightly motivated in their action. Cain obeyed and offered a sacrifice to God but his heart was not right. God wouldn’t accept it. It led to Cain’s rebellion and the murder of his brother. The Apostle Paul said, "If I give my body to be burned but have not love, it profits me nothing." That could appear as an obedient action but what is unseen is the wrongly motivated heart. The Apostle Paul also said that when men preach, some do so for right motivation and some for wrong. Phil 1:15 says, "It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill." They may have been obedient to preach but not all were rightly motivated or willing.

The four foundational pillars of good decision-making are: center your decision-making in the integrity of God’s Word and direction. Know He’ll ultimately lead you to places of blessing. Be willing which means be motivated from a pure heart with a great attitude. And be obedient – actually doing what God is asking and leading you to do.
When you learn to develop the instincts of consistently building your decisions upon theses pillars, you will exalt your decision-making processes to the highest and most fruitful level possible and you will “eat from the best of the land.”

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Just for Fun: Two of History’s Best Comeback Responses

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Two of History’s Best Comeback Responses

Proverbs 26:5 (NLT) "Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation."

RESPONSE ONE:

If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp  as this policeman. He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney  during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the police officer's credibility ..... 

Q: 'Officer --- did you see my client fleeing the scene?' 

A: 'No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.' 

Q: 'Officer, who provided this description?' 

A: 'The officer who responded to the scene.' 

Q: 'A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?' 

A: 'Yes, sir. With my life.' 

Q: 'With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room 
where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?' 

A: 'Yes sir, we do!' 

Q: 'And do you have a locker in the room?' 

A: 'Yes, sir, I do.' 

Q: 'And do you have a lock on your locker?'

A: 'Yes, sir.' 

Q: 'Now, why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your 
life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share 
with these same officers?' 

A: 'You see, sir, we share the building with the court complex, and 
sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.'

The courtroom EXPLODED with laughter, and a prompt recess was called. 

 RESPONSE TWO: 
In an interview, General Norman Schwarzkopf was asked if he thought there was room for forgiveness toward the people who have harbored and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on America.

His answer was classic Schwarzkopf.

The General said, "I believe that forgiving them is God's function... OUR job is to arrange the meeting." 
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Showing love "One Way Everyday" by Diana Hagee

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Pastor John and Diana Hagee are a precious part of my life and two people I love dearly. I thank God for their influence on this world and my life.

I wanted to introduce you to her new blog "One Way Everyday" showing practical exercises of godly love! I hope you enjoy it!











January 10, 2013
Showing love One Way Everyday to…

Your husband: When you go to a restaurant that has paper on the tabletops; write “I love you” on it. It’s the smallest things that make a difference.
 
Your child: Help clean their room with them…yes I know you have screamed at them for the tenth time to do it! Tell them you love them as you do it! Do it with joy. Make a game of it. Try not to scream when you find a dead frog or two week old pizza under the bed! This is supposed to be a lesson of love!
 
Your grandchild: Show them how to set the table; the right way! Go on line or look in a cookbook that shows proper table settings. I know this sounds unusual but you are doing something with them one on one and you are showing them something that they can show their children one day.
 
Your friend: Give them something personal that you own which they have admired. It shows them that you love them more than things.
 
To God: Show a special kindness to someone else. Tell them it was from the Lord.
 
Remember this truth: God knows everything you do and why you do it!

You can find Diana's blog here:  Showing Love One Way Everyday

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Little Boy Dedicates a Sweet Song to His Sister With Special Needs

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by Pastor Tim Burt


This is sweet and really touching!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, January 05, 2013

A LIFE LIVED TO THE FULLEST

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Today's posting is about a man of God who like the Apostle Paul, walked out his life in Jesus until his last breath. People like this are so rare and such and example to us about walking out our course in Jesus here on earth. I pray that just reading about him blesses you! Pastor Tim

A LIFE LIVED TO THE FULLEST
By Monica Osnes Amstutz

My father-in-law, Rev. Blanchard E. Amstutz, my husband Tim's dad, went to heaven on Tuesday morning, January 1, 2013. This summer we brought Blanchard and Tim's mom, Verna (93 and 92 years old) to Minneapolis from Ashland, Kentucky to live. I thought you'd appreciate hearing about this dedicated minister of the gospel.


Rev. Blanchard Amstutz had been in full time ministry for over 75 years. Blanchard never fully retired from ministry. He and his brothers started in evangelistic ministry while students at Asbury College in Lexington, Kentucky. Blanchard was 19 years old when he began in ministry. Blanchard and Verna were married in their mid to late twenties and their little family spent their early years traveling the nation as evangelists ministering the gospel in word and music. Blanchard later became a crusade director for Billy Graham Ministries and the family relocated to Minneapolis where the four children were raised for the most part. Later, Blanchard pastored in the Missionary Alliance and Methodist churches. In each church he pastored, Blanchard was known to LEAVE IT BETTER than when he came-both in its spiritual and physical condition. Blanchard told me at Thanksgiving 2012 that the pinnacle of their ministry took place during these past 8-9 years. During this time, Blanchard and Verna ministered weekly in the Kentucky Federal Prison as a part of The Blanchard and Verna Amstutz Ministry. The inmates loved them dearly and so many came to know the Lord through their unconditional love and ministry.

Blanchard and Verna celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past June. They were both pastors, preachers, and musicians. Blanchard's primary ministry gift was as an evangelist. He never went anywhere without sharing Jesus with those around him. He genuinely loved people and made friends wherever he went. He was also a sportsman who raised his sons with a basketball, football, or baseball in hand. He was also a Senior Olympics multiple gold medal winner for the state of Kentucky.

Last week Tim's brother David from Texas came for a few days before Christmas to see Grandpa Blanchard and be together as a family. Grandpa sang with us, laid hands on and prayed a blessing over each of us and our sons. Precious moments! Grandpa was determined to go to our son's basketball tournaments last Saturday and sure enough...he mustered his strength to be there. When they moved here this summer, he anticipated getting to as many of his grandson's sports events as possible. He was one tenacious man! Tim and Butch enjoyed watching their last Vikings game with their dad this past Sunday afternoon. :)

On New Year's Eve, Blanchard wanted to go to the New year's Eve service to listen to Tim's brother Butch play the trumpet and sing. Tim, Gabe and I took Blanchard and Verna and we all enjoyed our last church service together. We then took them on a tour of the Christmas lights on Summit Ave in St Paul, MN in our van. It was a glorious night together. Gabe sang out every hymn and worship song he knew and Grandpa joined in along with him. We bought Caribou hot chocolate and shared the closing of 2012 together. Tim, Butch, and Verna tucked Tim's dad into bed that night. Blanchard said, "Thank you" and "I love you", and they kissed him good night. The next morning, grandpa was dressed in his new sweater and was getting ready to go to a New Year's party. SHORTLY BEFORE LEAVING, HE SAT DOWN, CLOSED HIS EYES, BOWED HIS HEAD AS IF PRAYING, AND THEN MOVED RIGHT TO HEAVEN.

In the days shortly before Blanchard moved to heaven, he would wake up singing songs about heaven. Two nights before he died, he said he had a dream that he was together with his mother and brothers that had preceded him to heaven.

GRANDPA BLANCHARD LOVED LIFE AND LIVED IT TO THE FULLEST. HE WAS A MOVER AND A SHAKER. HE LOVED TO LAUGH....KNEW ALL THE 'SICK PREACHER JOKES'...AND WAS THE MASTER OF 'PUNS'. HE WAS EXTREMELY SHARP AND FULLY AWARE...HE DIDN'T MISS A BEAT AND NOTICED EVEN THE SMALLEST DETAILS. MOST OF ALL, HE WAS LOVING...KIND...AND GRACIOUS TO THE VERY END. WHAT A TESTIMONY!

What a special time this has been! GOD IS GOOD!
(Note: Blanchard "Dad" was my father-in-law for the past 30 years. He never had a negative or critical word for me but instead he was always encouraging, positive, and appreciative towards me. I was and am truly honored and blessed to have had this amazing man as my "Dad-in-law"!

I am sure the Lord is saying, "BLANCHARD,
WELL DONE THY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT!!!

Monica Osnes Amstutz
Living Word Christian Center www.lwcc.org
Creative Productions Director/Dept. Head
 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Fulfilling Good Intentions for 2013

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I am in pretty good physical shape for a guy almost 60. I work out doing core exercises about five days a week. That and eating healthy has kept me in decent shape. That is until about five months ago while in some very strenuous exercise, I strained both of my arms. Within a couple of days, they were in throbbing pain and I lost most of the strength in my arms. It hurt just to shake someone's hand.  I did what I always do when any form of sickness and or injury comes against me. I prayed and asked Renee to pray for me according to Mark 16:17-18  "These signs should follow those who believe...They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” I knew that I needed to let them rest and heal so I had to back off of my exercise routine for most of four months.

About two weeks ago my arms started feeling stronger. My good intention was to jump back into my exercise routine and eat minimally to lose weight. Thinking about getting all this back together is not the same as doing it. I had good intentions. I had pre-planned that I would not touch sweets over the holidays. I had done that in years past and felt I could do it again. But, something happens when you fall out of your disciplines. Your will-power and personal resolve to live in your goals also lose strength. Over the past few months, I gained ten pounds and my weight shifted. I had a gut that had previously not been there. My eating disciplines had also become a little lax and over the holidays and I ate sweets I haven't eaten in years. This was almost worse to me than the injury.

In my prayer time, the Lord begin to speak to me about all this. It is about that time that I always return to an anchor scripture to mediate on from 1 Corinthians 9:27 (NLT) "I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified."

Being disciplined does not happen out of good intentions alone. For me, the power and strength to remember who I am and how important this part of my life is comes from seeking God's grace. I don't want to have started and lived strong only to finish disqualified after preaching to others. Becoming slothful in one area always leads to slothfulness in another. Good intentions alone never get you to your goals. Each of us need the grace of God - His supernatural strength and equipping to strengthen our personal resolve. The inward strength we need at times like this, which is a product of God's grace to push us beyond good intentions, is fueled by God's Word speaking directly to your heart. When you know God is speaking to you, a sense of purpose and strength comes. You need to seek Him and pray for that to happen.

We are all important to the plan of God. We all want to live strong and finish strong. I am not any different. I was going to wait until after the holidays to begin my workout program until the Lord dealt with me to start immediately. God lives in the now! Although New Years is a great time and offers great motivation to start fresh and anew, it's not about good intentions at New Years. It's about God reminding you how important it is that you thrive and thrive now and whatever He has given you to put your hand to. It's that or slowly let slothfulness creep in, undermine good intentions, and watch yourself back off and walk away from things you know God wants you to do.

So, although my flesh probably would have loved to with another week to move forward, the desire and grace of God was dealing with me now. I began my weigh down and work out and althought it's almost always a struggle to get moving forward again, it feels good. It's funny how immediately great it feels to do the right thing and obey God. My prayer for each of you for 2013 is that your good intentions become the fulfilled will of God for your life!

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."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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