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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Commitment - Your Blessing!


Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior becoming a Christian in 1977. Prior to that, I was just a confused part-time religious person. When I sincerely gave my life to Jesus, His Holy Spirit came to live within me - something the Bible says is true of everyone that receives Jesus. I soon understood why Jesus said, "You must be born again." It was like seeing life through God's eyes and perspective for the first time in my life. Bible verses came alive and my entire perspective of life changed. I was a new person.

After I had been a Christian for about two years, I discovered something very important about myself. I learned that I didn't know or understand the meaning of the word commitment. Unless and effort had a paycheck or a personal benefit attached to it, there was no commitment. To make commitments to anything that did not personally benefit me didn't happen.

I was as faithful and committed as one could be to a job. I took my first job at the age of 11 as a paperboy - something I did for three years. I had to deliver papers every day of the week and I did–faithfully! That conscientious effort carried over into the workplace. I worked faithfully in a grocery story for my boss for over four years. He would say I was his best employee because I was faithful. When it came to a job with a paycheck, I was faithful. When it came to making commitments to anything else, I was fickle. I just didn't want to give away any more of my free time on a committed basis to anyone for any reason.

That carried into my early adult years. When it came to the paycheck, I was a hard worker. When it came to a commitment in anything else, I was still fickle. When I became a Christian at the age of 24, I started to love coming to church. The Bible opened up a whole new world to me. I heard great preaching about serving and using my gifts for God. I wanted to but I was paranoid of giving up free time in order to make a commitment to serve. There was no paycheck to motivate me!

As time went on, I started to feel convicted about the need to use whatever gifts I had within me in committed service within the local church for the Lord. The thought of committing volunteer time almost sent me into anxiety attacks. The thought of committing myself to a schedule to serve at something was agonizing to think about. Again, I learned something about myself when I finally took that first step. I learned that following through on a commitment was important to me. Doing what I said I would do was important. I was amazed at myself. I was surprised that I enjoyed being committed to serving others. It wasn't a hardship and I didn't feel robbed of my time. I felt like I had greater purpose in life and what I did was rewarding because I could see that it benefited others. I sincerely learned the words of Jesus "It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35)

What I continued to learn about myself over the years was this: my life is richer in a multitude of ways when I have boxed myself into a commitment where the needs of others are dependent on what I do for them. Without this commitment, I seem to want to get lazy and stay in a kick-back mode which eventually works an increasingly selfish attitude within me.

Over the years, I have talked to many others that have also said they have learned this secret. They've also discovered the satisfaction and fulfillment in being blessing to someone else and more. They've said it has helped purge them of selfishness, helped refine their character, and continues to draw out, reveal, and develop gifting they never knew they had. They all agree that commitment stretches them and causes them to mature into a more complete and Christ-like person. God knows that we will be blessed if we discover this secret for ourselves and so He exhorts us in Hebrews 10:24, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

Again, it says, "Let us consider..."  For me, I considered it a long time ago. I have made it a practice to box myself into serving others for over 30 years. I depend on the grace of God to help me. I pray that my example speaks louder than preaching. I pray it helps others. I know it helps develop the gifts of God in me and helps me grow! And it is far more rewarding than a paycheck!

1 Peter 4:10 (NLT) "God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 22, 2013

A Courageous Hero: Irena Sendler

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

A Courageous Hero:
Irena Sendler
Feb 15, 1910 to
May 12, 2008
Warsaw, Poland


Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

Irenea Sendler was 98 years old when she died in 2008. She was a woman of magnificent courage, she saved the lives of more than 2,500 Jews, most of them children. She has been called the female Oskar Schindler, but she saved twice as many lives as Schindler, the German industrialist who sheltered 1,200 of his Jewish workers. Schindler, received international attention in the 1993 movie "Schindler's List."  Sendler was hardly known to the world until four Kansas schoolgirls wrote a play about her about a dozen years ago.

She studied at Warsaw University and was a social worker in Warsaw when the German occupation of Poland began in 1939. In 1940, after the Nazis herded Jews into the ghetto and built a wall separating it from the rest of the city, disease, especially typhoid, ran rampant. She was especially influenced by her father, a doctor who defied anti-Semites by treating sick Jews during outbreaks of typhoid fever. He died of the disease when Sendler was 9.

She believed that one person can make a difference and lived out what she believed. "I was taught that if you see a person drowning," she said, "you must jump into the water to save them, whether you can swim or not."
Although she was less than 5 feet tall, she walked into the Warsaw ghetto daily facing death if she was caught.  Social workers were not allowed inside the ghetto, but Sendler, imagining "the horror of life behind the walls," obtained fake identification and passed herself off as a nurse, allowed to bring in food, clothes and medicine.
 
During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing & Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids. Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises. During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.
In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected.
 
Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.
 
Later, another politician, Barack Obama, won for his work as a community organizer for ACORN.
 
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Dr. Benjamin Carson's Amazing Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


A truly amazing speech filled with national solution ideas that would help and bring healing to our nation! This is worth the time to watch! It will draw you in! A truly amazing speech filled with national solution ideas that would help and bring healing to our nation! This is worth the time to watch! It will draw you in!

"What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people He has chosen as His inheritance." Psalms 33:12 (NLT)



In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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JUST FOR FUN: The FUNNY Phobias Workshop

This is video is absolutely hilarious!

And it reminds me, why fear must be overcome. Can you say, "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

Okay, now watch and laugh!






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Monday, February 04, 2013

God Plan is Abundance for You!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


“God, please help us – we have so many needs in our life right now!” Have you ever prayed or felt like praying that? When and if you have, did you pray it out of desperation with little or no faith, or did you pray it with great confidence knowing that He loves you and wants to help you? If you’ve ever felt out there on the edge without provision, you know how desperate the devil would like to make you feel. He works to create fear in this place. Many people in this place become so anxious, their character blows up. Their emotions might be all over the map. They might scream or be mad at any and everyone. They lose all hope and begin to regret the thoughts of leaning on God. And, at this place of weakness, the devil begins to tempt. In down times, this is where many people fall prey and cave to old sinful weaknesses. Thoughts can get crazy and become thoughts and dreams of schemes that violate integrity. Thinking can become, “I’ve got to do whatever it takes to survive.”

Proverbs 23:29-35 says, “Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. Don't let the sparkle and smooth taste of wine deceive you. For in the end it bites like a poisonous serpent; it stings like a viper. You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. And you will say, "They hit me, but I didn't feel it. I didn't even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up so I can have another drink?"

God doesn’t want anyone to fall to this kind of desperation. He hates how alcohol destroys lives. This is why He makes promises of help – so that we lean on Him not alcohol or other vices that destroy our life. He wants us to learn to lean on Him day-by-day for the wisdom and provision of God promised to His children – to those that love Him and walk with Him. Does falling to desperation and reckless behavior seem better than learning of, praying to, and trusting and leaning on God? There is no magic with God. He’s not a wishbone. He won’t make magically make problems disappear but you can absolutely be sure that if you stick with Him, He will help you confront every problem in faith while standing up to the wicked devises of Satan with authority and confidence. You will see Him move in your life in ways that would be hard to describe to people. Your heart will want to continuously praise Him for His mercy and grace and supernatural help!
God knows you and knows what you need before you ask. Even so, He teaches us to ask for what we need in faith-filled prayer. Why? Because our relationship with Him is an act of faith and your asking in faith is the outworking of that relationship and exercising your trust in Him. Matthew 6:8 says, "…your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask Him!” He is not saying don’t ask. He is saying, Ask in faith! Have a confidence that He hears you and loves and cares about you and is working in your life. Avoid the temptation of HOW God should answer your prayers but instead just stand in faith believing. Philip. 4:6-7 says, “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

1 John 5:14-15 says, “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.”

Knowing what God wants for you is half the battle. Once you are convinced of His love and desire to help you, you are immediately strengthened and on your way. God’s word reveals the love of God and His will for provision for us that love Him. His will is timeless - the same today as it was then. The culture may have changed and the jobs we do may have changed, but God’s will for you to experience His help with divine provision through faith has never changed. See it one more time today and examine the scriptures yourself to see His will for those that love Him.
Leviticus 26:6-13 “I will give you peace in the land, and you will be able to sleep without fear... "I will look favorably upon you and multiply your people and fulfill my covenant with you. You will have such a surplus of crops that you will need to get rid of the leftovers from the previous year to make room for each new harvest. I will live among you, and I will not despise you. I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people. I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt so you would no longer be slaves. I have lifted the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk free with your heads held high.

God doesn’t want you a slave to Satan or to lack. He takes no joy in your troubles! He wants to help you hold your head high as He teaches you to trust in Him and learn to walk in divine provision!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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