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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Margaret Thatcher's Granddaughter is used of God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Amanda Thatcher, Margaret's granddaughter, the descendant of conservative royalty, evangelical Christian, and Texas-bred, delivered a reading from Ephesians with a poise reminiscent of the elder Thatcher. Amanda lives with her mother in Texas. She chose verses from Ephesians chapter 6, "put on the whole armour of God." She read with such remarkable grace that she was suddenly thrust into the international spotlight.  Watch and listen! The seed of God's Word was sown in the hearts of many at this moment!




In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rejected by Your Family Because You Love Jesus?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


If you are anything like me, you have relatives that do not know Jesus personally as their Lord and Savior. They do not know if they'd go to Heaven if they died today. And hopefully, you are praying for their salvation. I talk to people all the time who are praying for their loved ones to come to know Jesus and accept Him personally as their Savior. If you are fervently praying for yours, that's good! You know why? Because God uses those prayers to access the lives of those you are praying for, to work in the background of their lives. Because of your prayers, touches of His influence and love show up in their lives. They may or may not notice immediately, but eventually they get a clue that Jesus is trying to reach them.
In the book of Genesis, we read the story of Joseph. His brothers were jealous of him and hated him. They did terrible things to him including selling him into slavery. After being a slave for 14 years, God exalted Joseph into a place of ruling authority, second to only Pharaoh. Joseph became the second most powerful man in the world. God used that position to save Joseph's family.

That day eventually came. The world was experiencing famine. Joseph's brothers heard there was food in Egypt. They went there and eventually met the man in chargethe man who would save their lifeJoseph! Most people in Joseph's shoes would have sought revenge. Not Joseph! He cried with thanksgiving to God for making this all work out. His heart was amazing! Joseph told his brothers he held no ill will toward them for mistreating him. He had always believed that what the devil meant for evil God would turn for good. In Gen 45:7 Joseph said, “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” Joseph is declaring how God was working in the background of his life and the lives of his brothers to bring them to a point where they would be able to see God's mighty hand working in their life. That day had come and now they could love God like Joseph did. The one they hated was used to save their lives and help them know God. And he could because he prayed all those years for them and never let bitterness take root in his heart knowing that God would work it out.  This is one of the greatest lessons in the Bible.

If you've ever been rejected by your family because of your faith in the Lord, then you know it's not an easy thing. Jesus said in Matthew 5:11 "Blessed are you when people shall revile you, and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." We care about what our loved ones think of us. When they think we are fanatical because of our love for the Lord, that hurts and feels like rejection. We can't change that but we can turn that rejection into an opportunity to pray for them with the consistency, trust, and determination that Joseph did. We can have great faith that God will work mightily in the background of their lives. We can pray that they will come to a place where they hunger to know God and where their spiritual eyes are opened to know God personally and intimately through Jesus.

The Apostle Paul taught us to pray this in Ephesians 1:18 & 3:18 (NLT) "I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand... And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is..."

It was a long hard 14 year journey before Joseph's brothers finally understood God as Joseph did. That's a long time to feel rejected. Your loved ones may treat you unfairly. They may not want you around. They may mock you behind your back. They may all talk about you in ways that hurt. But if they do, don't get offended. Don't let rejection cause you to quit on them. Joseph kept his heart right and you can too!

Not a day goes by without me praying for the salvation of all my family. I have great faith that because I know God is working through my prayers. I can only say so much. Sometimes they need to hear from others. It blesses me greatly to know God sends others to share the love of Jesus with them. I have heard many stories from my family and relatives that affirm this truth! I always smile because I know that God is always reaching out to them. One day they'll see it and take the lifeline. They won't just know about Jesus. They will know and personally receive Jesus as their Savior. They will know that they have eternal life as His promise of gracenot by their efforts of trying to be good enough to earn their way. So, have tenacity for a lifetime. Have great faith that God is working through your prayers. He is!

James 5:16 (NLT) "The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

God Wants to Help You - More Than You Know

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Eph. 3:20 (NIV) “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…”

Have you ever had anyone surprise you and do something extraordinarily nice for you –something that was unexpected and beyond what you would have ever expected if you had expected it?

I have a few times over the course of my life and to this day, they are blessed memories that make me so thankful. With people, those occasions are not very frequent but with God, they can be.  The Lord has done things in my life continuously that can only be described by the verse in Eph. 3:20 (NIV) that 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…”

God by His nature seldom does or works things out in what we might call, a conventional way. He most often answers prayers in a way greater than we could ask or think - that is when we trust and believe in His promises knowing that He delights in helping and blessing us. Knowing and believing this becomes His power working in us.  “...according to His power that is at work within us…” (Eph. 3:20)

People continuously get anxious over what they need or over what they don’t have. Far too many people do not know that God wants to help us with what we need and what we don’t have. They really don’t know God that way and consequently have no real sincere faith that He would care to help them with the details and needs in their life. But, the fact is, He is willing to. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) says, "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

Not only does God desire to help us but as we read earlier, “He is able to do …immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” But, He also reveals that this is a result of “…His power that is at work within us…” And get this point; 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) says, "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 meant 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...” Over time God fulfilled every promise to Abraham.


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 from a heart of love, those that love Him and have faith in Him. If you truly love Him and live for Him, then let that kind of faith become His power working in you. Get rid of being anxious over what you cannot do yourself and lean on the Lord! His love is amazing and He cares about the details and needs within your life!

 "...imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised." Hebrews 6:12 (NIV)

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, April 12, 2013

The Outstretched Hand By Motti Inbari

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As many of my readers know, I am the Minnesota State Director for Christians United for Israel. I was recently sent this article by one of my friends – a Rabbi in my community. It blessed me more than I can say, that our love for the Jewish people and Israel is being understood and that this love comes without any motive other than love for those from which are our spiritual heritage proceeded from.

The Outstretched Hand By Motti Inbari

Last week, my family and I celebrated the first night of Passover in our current hometown—Lumberton, North Carolina (population: 22,000). We have lived here since 2009, when I took a position as an assistant professor of religion at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. We are the only Israelis in town and, as far as I know, the only Jews (though there was once a small community here). But it’s not as lonely as it might sound, thanks in large part to our Evangelical Christian neighbors.
Among the guests at our seder table this year were our landlord and his wife. They take their annual vacations in Israel, have bought a house in the Negev, and are so enthusiastic about the country that they are planning to retire there. Another guest was a restaurant owner who flies a big Israeli flag over his establishment. These people, I hasten to note, are not atypical. The mechanic at a nearby service station gives me a discount when he fixes my car; the clerk at the post office can scarcely contain her excitement when I bring her letters or packages addressed to Jerusalem; the cleaning man in my office sends yearly donations from his presumably not very large salary to assist Ethiopian Jews in Israel.
I know, from experience, how suspicious this makes some Jews, and the kinds of questions it leads them to ask. Does all of this support for Israel reflect a hidden agenda aiming at the conversion of Jews? Does the man cleaning my office yearn for the battle of Armageddon, in which people like me will die in great numbers? Is all of this identification with Israel a kind of anti-Semitism in disguise? I don’t think so. What in fact has happened is that a new type of Christianity has evolved in America in recent decades, and Jews ought to be aware of it.
I recently published a book on the religious Zionist rabbis’ approach to territorial compromise, the last chapter of which is devoted to the American Evangelical response to this issue. It focuses on the teachings of two prominent and influential pastors: John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, and Hal Lindsey, the author of a large number of hugely popular books that have transformed the way Evangelicals look at Jews. In the eyes of these thinkers, the rise of the State of Israel and its victory in the Six-Day War represent clear signs of the imminent return of Jesus and the beginning of the End of Days. This belief, which is based upon a reading of the book of Revelation, is tied up with the anticipation of terrible apocalyptic warfare that will have to take place in the Holy Land prior to Jesus’ return.
Hagee’s and Lindsey’s interpretation of history and especially of current events, like Israel’s victory in 1967 and Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, has led them to conclude that this war—which will, of course, be a nuclear war—is about to take place, and soon. But what impact, one must ask, does this have on their behavior? Their firm conviction that we are just around the corner from a cataclysmic war would seem to make them eager to get the fighting started, and thereby hasten the advent of their Redeemer. But they are, in fact, doing just the opposite.
Christians United for Israel, the Evangelical lobby in Washington, does not encourage war and chaos in the Middle East, which is what you might expect from people eager to see Jesus return. Nor does it adopt a passive stance. It aims to prevent Iran from going nuclear.
Why? Why do Evangelicals act contrary to what would seem to be their own best interests? It is because they are very attentive to the divine promise that those who are seek the well-being of the Jews will be the recipients of God’s favor: “I will bless those who bless you,” He once said to Abraham, “and I will curse those who curse you.” (Genesis 12:2–3) In the end, the benefits they derive from promoting the welfare of the Jews mean more to them than the theoretical possibility that the Redeemer will return following a devastating war in the Middle East—an eventuality that they actively seek to prevent.
My daily interactions with my neighbors and, I should add, my students, as well as my research into Christian Zionism, have led me to the conclusion that a new type of Christianity has emerged, one that is not at all hostile to Jews and ardently wishes to promote the Jews’ well-being. We should set aside our old fears and accept this movement. Evangelicals are stretching out their hands to us. We should reach out to them, too.
Motti Inbari is an Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the author of Messianic Religious Zionism Confronts Israeli Territorial Compromises.

This original article can be found HERE: The Outstretched Hand  from Jewish Ideas Daily:

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, April 08, 2013

Fighting - Godly Style

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by Pastor Tim Burt


At the park, there were two young children playing in the sandbox. They decided that they both wanted to play with the same truck. They began to fight over it until the mothers intervened. Fact: kids fight with no training needed.
I was driving down the highway watching one car dangerously tailgating another. One car pulled alongside the other. Soon, not-so-nice gestures flew and not-so-nice words were mouthed to each other. Fact: adults fight with no training needed.

John and Ted each managers, ran separate departments within their place of work. The company had been expanding and adding people. Consequently, office space was at a premium. An office had opened up and both John and Ted wanted it for one of their employees. They tried to talk it over and persuade each other to give it up, but to no avail. Instead they went and fought about it with their boss. Fact: employees fight with no training needed.

Mary was preparing dinner and it would soon be ready. She called out to the backyard to tell her husband Tom that dinner would be ready in 10 minutes. Twenty minutes later Tom came in. Mary was steaming mad because he was late. That she seemed so inflexible made Tom even madder. They fought and couldn’t even remember what dinner tasted like. Fact: couples fight with no training needed.

You know this is true; people fight and they need no training to do so. It’s instinctive – something we do naturally. This instinct was designed and embedded in our DNA by God to be harnessed as a source of power to survive and glorify God. God knew that we ultimately would have to live in this dark, sin-infected world and desired that we not be swallowed up by it, but instead live victoriously and Christ-like. We may have been made to fight, but not with each other. That is where we need to saddle this stallion and make our instinct to survive and fight, work for us.

God teaches us in 1 Tim 6:12 not to fight each other but instead, to “Fight the good fight of faith…”  God teaches us who NOT to fight with in Eph 6:12. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”

We learn that we aren’t to fight people. We are to fight or resist and rebuke the demonic forces behind the scenes that try to create strife and division in our life. God brings blessing to us through our faith in Jesus, through relationships, through increased resources, and more. We are to stop the enemy of our soul from stealing those blessings from God. People have often been taught that bad things happen in their life with God’s permission. That comes from a wrong interpretation of Job’s plight. Jesus made it clear in John 10:10 (NKJV) that He is the blesser and the devil is the thief! “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

The good fight of faith is fighting the devil. The good fight is standing strong for God! That is what the Apostle Paul did through prayer, through the profession of his mouth, and by taking authority over the devil. He finished his life saying, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim 4:7)

You have the instincts to fight. I showed that in the beginning. You were made to survive and fight for what is yours. But, you weren’t made to fight people. You weren’t made to be selfish. You weren’t made to be a jerk. You weren't made to be lustful or covetous. But you were made to stand up for what is right!

So how do you fight? Start by learning to first take authority over Satan when something is going wrong. Don’t get mad at people. Get mad at him. Know that he is hiding behind the curtain trying to stir people up against..333 each other. Deal with him first. Rebuke him and kick him out of your situation through prayer in Jesus name. Then take it to the Father and ask Him to help bring a resolve. Not everything always goes well. You may be fighting a godly fight while someone else is fighting as people do – with each other! Regardless, you just do what is right!
Fight an issue at a time and look for the promise of God that speaks to your situation and pray it in faith leaning on God. For those of you that do pray in tongues, know that praying in tongues releases the power of God and helps pave and smooth roads in ways you won’t know about. Romans 12:27 says, "For we do not always know how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit personally makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

Learn to fight God's way. Let the Holy Spirit be your trainer and in your corner to lead you. He'll lead you in more victories through prayer and the authority of God's word than you every thought possible.  

James 4:7 (NIV) "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

The Miracle of Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The miracle of life can even be seen now with our own eyes, thanks to scientific advancements.
Life is the wonderful creation of God, a gift to us all, and the continuous sign of glory of His creation.

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart..."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Don't Neglect What You Should Be Passionate About

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Not far from my house is a home that used to be owned by a couple whom were tremendous gardeners. I was told that he worked for a nursery and it was obvious from the constant display of beautiful flowers blooming in each season, that he and his wife knew what they were doing. In taking long walks or runs, I made sure that passing their home was a part of the course I'd take. I was never disappointed. Their flowers were amazing. I never really met this couple but should have. That was my bad. I should have simply knocked on their door and told them how much I admired their flowers.

Anyway, they moved. I didn't know they had until I noticed something different about their house. The flower gardens were full of weeds. I saw a neighbor and asked if the same people lived there and if they were all right. He told me that they had moved and he had new neighbors. They were not gardeners and neglected the gardens because they simply weren't interested nor knew what to do. Each year that went by, the garden looked worse and worse until the weeds overtook the garden and killed most of it. It struck me as so sad. If a picture could ever be painted of neglect and it's outcome, this was the picture!

God has something to say about neglect. He says we shouldn't neglect reading His word which helps us hear His voice. He says we shouldn't neglect gathering together in the church as the church. This is where as the body of Christ, we learn together, become community together, and strengthen each other's as we reach the world. God says we shouldn’t neglect wise counsel over our own prideful thinking or stubborn ways. He says we shouldn’t neglect the spiritual gifts—those talents and abilities within us to touch others with His love. His word teaches us not to neglect the godly relationships that become voices and examples to keep us in check and anchored in living a life for Him. And He with great warning teaches us to be careful not to neglect our salvation—His plan to save us from our sins and to bless our life through Jesus. He says don’t neglect it because if you do, how will you escape the life and its consequences you were heading toward before Jesus rescued you?

Hebrews 2:3 (The Message Bible) It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we've heard so that we don't drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation?

What does neglect look like? Like the picture I painted about those beautiful gardens - something beautiful, neglected, taken over by weeds, and almost dying. That’s what neglect does. Our relationship with Jesus could be a beautiful and wonderful relationship but neglect can make it feel dead. Significant relationships can suffer. The yard can start to look like an overgrown weed pile. The house can become tattered and torn. Neglect comes from the family of lazy, procrastination, and indifference.

The story of Nehemiah (that actually begins with the story of Ezra) is a story of neglect turned to passion. Jerusalem had been torn down and neglected. No one did anything about it until God moved on the heart of two men - Nehemiah and Ezra the priest. Those two men's prayers and passion led to the stirring of others, who then miraculously by God's help, rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem and reestablished the city, temple worship, and the home of the Jews. They fought passionately for what they new was good and right before God and experienced their miracle.
They then made a pledge to God saying,  "The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and oil to the storerooms where the articles for the sanctuary are kept and where the ministering priests, the gatekeepers and the singers stay. "We will not neglect the house of our God." (Nehemiah 10:39 (NIV))

What's the solution? It's simple. Passionately embrace and love that which is important and good. Showing passionate love and care to that which is important and a gift from God to you, produces something beautiful! How can we neglect something significant and think it won't make a difference? Only deception produces that kind of thinking. Know what’s right to do and ask God to strengthen you in your inner man to do it.  Then stop neglecting and begin to show passion toward doing that which is good! Make things beautiful! God will help you every step of the way! It’s His will.

Matthew 23:23 (NLT) “... do not neglect the more important things."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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