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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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Monday, February 25, 2013

Creating A Better Marriage

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


When I am ministering at a wedding ceremony, one of the scriptures I always read to the couple at their wedding is Eph 5:20-21. It says, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

The word submit is a scary word to many people – especially women. It’s a word that people who don’t know God, don’t understand, and that those that do, struggle with. The unspoken thought is, "Pastor, can we just skip that verse?" The husband might like the thought that God tells his wife to submit to him, but the thought of him submitting to her? Really?  Wives more than not, hate the word because it paints a picture in their mind of becoming some kind of mindless slave to their husband, having to obey everything he says. They both struggle because they often see this word as some kind of a permission slip to dominate and make someone subservient. That is not the heart of God at all in giving it to us.

Let's look at the verse again. It starts out, “Giving thanks always…. Submitting yourselves…” Few would be giving thanks if they were being made a slave or feeling dominated and treated like one! This verse is really teaching us that as husbands and wives, we need to thank God for the spouse He has give us and learn to adapt to each other with whole-hearted respect out of love and reverence to each other and to God.

Let me share some of Renee and my “adapting.” When Renee gets into bed at night, she does not go to sleep until after she has spent a fair amount of time reading. We’ll pray together and then she’ll usually read until she's  tired. I go to bed, lay my head down and usually fall asleep with 10 seconds.
Because I fall asleep quickly and she likes to read, we’ve adapted how we go to bed to work in such a way that it works perfectly for us. This is the process of respecting and adapting to each other.

When Renee wakes up in the morning, the wheels of her mind begin to turn slowly. It takes her a little while to come out of her wake-up fog. She gets up, puts on the coffee, grabs a cup and heads to the couch to read her Bible. As she reads and prays, she journals her thoughts from the Lord. By that time she is wide awake, calls her mom for a few minutes to say hi and chat, and then she's ready to take on the day.

I wake up perky in the morning. I am almost instantly awake. After going to the bathroom, I do my core exercises, shower and get ready for the day, and often go join Renee on the couch to pray. When we are done praying, I head to my home office to write Fresh Manna. This works perfect for us and how we start most days because we've adapted to this place. But, our mornings were not always like that. In the early days of our marriage, because I wake up so quickly, I tried to get her up so she could come and pray with me. She moved slow, and could hardly think or communicate. Though that would have been a good routine for me, it was not the right routine for her. And so we adapted, finding out what worked best for both of us and trying to meld that together.

Renee loved to talk about everything at night which is great, but sometimes she carried that into the bedroom right before trying to go to sleep. We'd end up talking about problems, finances, the kids, and situations that created stress. This was not the way to prepare for sweet sleep or romantic adventures. We decided to set other time frames to discuss those kinds of things which made our bedtime much more sweet.

These are just a few of the many areas we’ve learned to adapt to each other. It seemed like there were hundreds! But instead of fighting with each other over how we were going to execute our life together, we adapted from a heart of love to what each of us needed! That is what God intended when He said, "submit one to another."  This is the fulfillment of another verse that is spoken in most weddings. Ephesians 5:31 (NIV) "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."  You become one flesh in God's eyes when you become married. But you really become one flesh when you've learned to adapt to each other!

God does not expect anyone to adapt to rudeness, disrespect, or slothful habits. But, we all have our little idiosyncrasies that we formed over the years. Adapting, loving, and appreciating each other makes any desired change from one spouse to another more doable. And, it defuses many potential battles that Satan would like to stir up to ruin your marriage.

Renee and I have ministered to married couples a great deal over the years and are always somewhat surprised when we see couples that have been married for 15 to 20 years and have still not learned to adapt to each other in a spirit of love! When two people take this approach and truly try to communicate and work out the little changes that produce great results, the marriage becomes so much more loving. Be thankful for the spouse God has given you and respectfully adapt where you can. You will find much more joy in your life and your marriage has a much greater chance of becoming what God intended it be! Learn this sooner than later in your marriage so that you can become a team and heirs together of God's blessings.

"Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered." 1 Peter 3:7 (NKJV)

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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Monday, February 18, 2013

God's Vision For Your Life

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


We've often been told, "You need to get a vision for your life so you can plan and work toward the goals God gives you." God’s Word confirms that so I worked toward imparting that to myself and to my kids as they grew up. Hab 2:2-3 says "And the Lord said to me, 'Write the vision - those things I reveal to you plain and clear so that those participate in it can read and understand it...if it seems to take more time than your comfortable with, continue to pursue it, it will surely come to pass.'" As a young man, before learning God’s Word, the vision for my life was a total mystery. I never knew nor heard such a thing. I understand vision and planning now. I try to live by it.

There were four verses in the Bible that seemed to steer my course as I labored to figure out the vision God had for my life. They cried out to me and seemed to be more important than anything else. The first was Genesis 18:19, "For I have chosen Abraham, because He will direct his children and His household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what He has promised him." That was powerful to me. God chose Abraham because he'd train his household and loved ones in the Lord! That would result in great blessing for Abraham. What a compliment and credit to Abraham from Almighty God Himself. That helped me know what direction I wanted to go in life. As my desires evolved through the Word of God, I knew I wanted to be married. I knew that I wanted to be a great husband and father. I knew that I wanted to work hard and provide well for my family. And I had a deep and special desire to be a father that would help my children come to know Jesus and God’s Word from a young age – learning to live their life with Biblical life application.

The second was Paul's comments about his friend Timothy in Phil. 2:20-21, "I have no one else like Timothy, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ." I sincerely cared for people and wanted to help them with no strings attached, with no motivations for get-backs, but just because God loved them! It’s like I craved to be this person Paul described. (And not just because my name was Timothy!)

The third verse was Proverbs 10:4 "Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth." My father instilled a strong work ethic in me that took. This promise only reinforced the need for its development. I now believe it’s one of my greatest strengths.

The fourth verse was Proverbs 18:16, "A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men." God shaped my heart to despise self-promotion and instead taught me to believe my character and the fruit of my efforts would speak for themselves and bring promotion – if I was deserving of it. Because of this, over the years, if I wasn't promoted, I only pointed the finger at myself and blamed no one else. I'd only work harder and more diligently. I tried to never blame anyone else because these were more than just words to me. They were a covenant promise from God. If I worked the gifts and abilities God gave me, they would bring promotion. No man could hold back what God promised would be mine. It was my responsibility to work hard and receive His help and grace in every step. God would take care of the promotion!

I didn't know what my career was to be. But I did know who I wanted to be. I wanted to be a great husband, the best father, a person God and others could count on, the person who took a genuine interest in the welfare of others, and a faithful and diligent worker. Those things were etched in my heart. They were clear so that I could run with them. In the pursuit of my different endeavors through life, these core values were instrumental in shaping me and what helped lead me through life. The created boundaries and rooting for whatever I would be led to do. They and brought me to where I presently am.

Vision is critical to the success of what we pursue, but without being rooted in biblical core values, it’s too easy to chase the wrong things and be led astray. I may not have initially known what the vision for my life was, or what path I wanted to walk out, but my core values and godly desires helped me develop the character that would promote me again and again. That was powerful and made it simpler to find what God would have me do!

1 Thessalonians 1:4 (MSG) "It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special."

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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Friday, February 08, 2013

God's Plan to De-Stress!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

 
A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience; with a raised glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?'...she fooled them all..."How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "And that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden - holding stress longer and better each time practiced.

So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night...pick them up tomorrow.

Psalms 55:22 "Cast your burdens on the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall"

(Author unknown)

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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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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Friday, February 01, 2013

Kids do say funny things!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Kids do say funny things!
 These humorous stories were passed along to me. I hope you find them cute!

A Sunday school teacher asked her class, "What was Jesus' mother's name?"

One child answered, "Mary."

The teacher then asked, "Who knows what Jesus' father's name was?"

A little kid said, "Verge."

Confused, the teacher asked, "Where did you get that?"

The kid said, "Well, you know they are always talking about Verge and Mary.

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3-year-old, Reese prayed: "Our Father, Who does art in heaven, Harold is His name. Amen."

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A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am."

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A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, "Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor's wife."

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After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, "That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys."

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I had been teaching my three-year old daughter, Caitlin, the Lord's Prayer. For several evenings at bedtime she would repeat after me the lines from the prayer. Finally, she decided to go solo. I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word right up to the end of the prayer: "Lead us not into temptation," she prayed, "but deliver us some E-mail.

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One particular four-year-old prayed, "And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."

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A Sunday school teacher asked her children, as they were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?" One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."

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Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother Joel were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough. "You're not supposed to talk out loud in church." "Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked. Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men standing by the door?

They're hushers."

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A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5 and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. "If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait'" Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus!" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt


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