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Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Funny 4th of July Parable

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Parable For The 4th of July (author unknown)

Once, in the 1820's, a little boy called Sam was playing in the yard behind his house. During his pretend fighting game, he knocked over the outhouse.

Now Sam was upset and worried that he would get into trouble so he ran into the woods and didn't come out until after got dark. When he arrived back home, his pappy was waiting for him. He asked suspiciously, "Son, did you knock over the outhouse this afternoon?"

"No, pappy," Sam lied.

"Well, let me tell you a story," said the father. "Once, not that long ago, Mr Washington received a shiny new axe from his father.
Excited, he tried it out on a tree, swiftly cutting it down. But as he looked at the tree, with dismay he realized it was his mother's favorite cherry tree," his pappy paused." just like you, he ran into the woods. When he returned, his pappy asked, 'George, did you cut down the cherry tree?' George answered with, 'Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did indeed chop down the tree.' Then his father said, 'Well, since you were honest with me, you are spared from punishment. I hope you have learned your lesson, though.' So," the Sam's father asked again," did you knock down the outhouse?"

"Pappy, I cannot tell a lie any more." said the little boy. "I did indeed knock down the outhouse."

Then his pappy father spanked Sam boy red, white, and blue. The boy whimpered, "Pappy, I told you the truth! Why did you spank me?"

Pappy answered, "That's because George Washington's father wasn't in the tree when he chopped it down!"
John Adams
2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence


"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."

Psalm 33:12 "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Hunger to Live the God-Purposed Life

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Sometimes, even on a beautiful sunny day with no blaring problems or issues staring you in the face, you can still feel like your life is off track and changes need to be made.

Before I received Jesus as my Savior, I felt like that most every day. It wasn't about the circumstances of the day. It was just that I didn't like the path of life I was on. I wasn't happy with how I was living. I knew I needed to make serious changes but didn't have a clue how to make that happen. Even when I attempted to make some changes, they didn't last.
 That reminds me of Moses. He was raised to be a ruler that would follow in Pharaoh's footsteps but learned of his heritage as a Hebrew. He knew his life was supposed to be different course. He had learned of his Jewish roots and knew from deep within that what was going on around him – the suffering of God’s people, was not right nor God’s best for his or their lives. He decided to make a change but didn't consult the Lord as how to do that. He leaped into a life change and ended up killing an Egyptian forcing him to flee from Pharaoh to Midian to save his life. He had to start over where no one would know him. He felt like a failure running from a life he knew was waiting for him. Now he was plagued daily with thinking his life needed to be on a different course. How could he help God's people much less change his own life and circumstances? How and what could he possibly change? He had tried and failed and now he was hiding.

The world is filled with people that know they need to change in their life's course, yet not knowing how to accomplish it. They know their life is off course, that there is something more, yet don't know what to do. What they don't know is that God is right there and ready to help them make the life changes they know they need to make. He is ready to reveal Himself through Jesus Christ and transform their life as well as fill it with meaning and purpose.

God had a plan for Moses as He does for each of us. God’s plan for Moses was more than just about him. It was about a transformation of his life that would then lead to the transformation of all those God would give him to lead. Moses may have been thinking about his failures and inadequacies but God was thinking about the plan and purpose He had for Moses, and the people he'd help through Moses. 
This may be mind-blowing to you, but that's also what God wants for each of us. Our life’s purpose has never been and never will be just about us. But, it starts with us! It starts with letting God transform each one of us. From there, God knows that when our life’s purpose becomes greater than our own life, we will become fired up at living life.

God has got an exciting life filled with adventure and purpose. There are devils to conquer and victories to experience as we play a role in the plan and purpose of God. It's a life of faith and blessing! It's a life of constantly relying on the Lord moment by moment and day by day. When you come to the revelation that your life can positively be used of God to bring hope, blessing, and life transformation to others, then you will dare to lean on God to help you discover all that this means. Your life will never be the same.

In practical application God doesn’t want us to jump into something drastic and without Him leading us. That's what Moses initially did and he crashed and burned. Moses should have cried out to God. “God what do I do with my life and how do you want me to help change this situation?” “What steps do I take right now?” God could have spoken to him through a burning bush right there. He didn’t have to figure out things for himself or take steps without God’s leading. Moses made mistakes but God would have us learn from them so we don’t start with a leap of failure but instead start with a sincere pray, “God show me how to change by learning to be a blessing to others each and every day.” God wants to speak to and lead you in the transformation of your own life as you learn to help others. He’d love it if His word was so alive that it burned within you like a burning bush. This is the heritage and God given right we have through Jesus Christ – to hear from and be taught by God’s Spirit.

1 Cor 2:9-10 shouts to us, “However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"-- but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit…”

The beginning of transformation starts with a sincere cry to God from the heart. More next time…

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Grace and Strength Create Power for Real Change

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Every human being was created with the desire to experience change. People desire it and are afraid of it at the same time. One of the biggest fears of change is the fear of the inability to successfully make changes. The universal change that the spirit of all men yearn and cry out for even though all do not recognize it, is to be reconciled to God by receiving the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

From there, the ongoing desire for change every Christian experiences is to become Christ-like. The pursuit of becoming like Jesusto conform our character, our heart and our purpose to Hisis a lifelong quest but one that always stirs continuing desire for good and godly change. This is good and it is from God.
The other ongoing inward desire for change that every person yearns for is to participate in the supernatural. I'm not kidding. Why do you think people love to read and watch about "superheroes' so much?  We are made in the image of God and God IS supernatural! This desire is within every human being whether it's understood or not. You can see this truth as clear as day in 2 Peter 1:3-4, "God's divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVINE NATURE and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."

Escaping the evil desires that are in this world is only possible by participating in the divine naturein the supernaturalthrough faith. Why do the people in this world spend hundreds of billions of dollars dealing with weight loss, chemical addiction, gambling addiction, sexual addiction and on an on? Because they are unable to control themselves in these areas. Satan has power over those in this world that have not surrendered their lives to God through Jesus Christ.

I heard a report that said that 98 percent of all overweight people that lose weight, gain it back. Another report said that 80 - 90 percent of all criminals released from jail offend again. Studies show that most people with addictions are tormented by them all their life. Why is that? Because without God, the power to completely change doesn't happen. With God 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) becomes true! "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, ALL things have become new."  In Christ, you become a new person with the grace and power of God to help you become Christ-like!

Outside of Christ a person remains in Satan's grip and power. God wants to rescue them from Satan's power - from the grip that keeps them in his clutches and that keeps them powerless to make lasting change. Col 1:13 addresses this saying; "For God has RESCUED US FROM SATAN'S POWER of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of His Son Jesus whom He loves."

When someone just can't stop doing what they know is wrong or that they should change, the Bible says they are caught in Satan's power in what's called a "stronghold." That could best understood as a wrong desire that we just can’t seem to get control over or break free from. There are negative desires that have power over people. These negative desires or strongholds are broken only with God's power.

You may say, "But Pastor Tim, I know people that have gone to groups and overcome these addictions." They may have gotten some control over their flesh but almost always the desire and the battle over the desires remains within them. They often feel like they are living with a tormenting demon. This is why alcoholics always consider themselves alcoholics. This why alcoholics, sex offenders, criminals, liars, and law-breakers repeat their offences over and over again. This is why those outside of God repeat their sins over and over again.

 Through Christ, that isn't true. We have the power to change! This is why 2 Cor 3:18 says,  “And we... are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”  Only through the supernatural help of God can wrong desires be removed and replaced with good desires. That is a continuing change that everyone desires. No wonder our spirit yearns for the supernatural help of God.

Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)That must become your conscience daily reality. Because it is, you then continuously lean upon the Lord for help in everything. Because you do, you will immediately begin to draw His supernatural strength and grace (help.)

How do we begin to lean on God and draw that strength? By learning to know what God says about you and making it a part of your new foundation in Christ. Philippians 4:5 says, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”   God wouldn't tell us to be something we couldn't! If God instructs us to be moderate, then with the help of His grace, we can! If you’ve shown behavior other than moderation it’s time to say, “I am not addictive or a slave to anything. God says I am to show moderationthat means I can! I am moderate in Jesus name.” Think that in your heart and speak that out your mouth in every situation until you see change begin to take root in you.

 That verse finishes “The Lord is at hand.” What does that mean? The picture it paints in its original Greek form is that there is a hand to grasp your hand as one giving aid and strength. That is the supernatural power of God. If you apply your faith and walk it out, you will see God there to help you.
Apply this to any scripture that speaks of what you should change toward. Then receive God's grace and “…walk in God’s divine nature and escape the corruption in this world caused by evil desires!” As you do, your light for Jesus will become ever increasingly evident to all! Change is good! Go for it!

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT) "And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Learning to Speak Words of Life: The First Step

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


One day my four young children were waiting for me to come home from work. They all greeted me at the door with hugs and just a spark more excitement than was usual. I thought it was about me until the children's spokesperson – their mother, entered into the room. They had a group request. "Honey, one of the kids in Jeffrey's class brought a kitten to show-and-tell today. It's really cute! They are wondering if we could have a kitten.” I must have really been tired because I did something I don't usually do. I caved in immediately and said “Yes.”

I had never had a cat before. I grew up in a dog family. I knew nothing about cats. What a shock it was to learn how unusual cats are. Although I'm sure there are a few exceptions in the world, I quickly learned that cats, for the most part, don’t train easily if at all – at least compared to a dog. Cats seem to have a mind of their own. They do what they want, when they want. In that regard, cats remind me of the tongue – you know, that waggling little creature in your mouth that wants to say what it wants to say when it wants to say it!

James 3:8-11 reveals a profound truth. "… no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth comes praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?"

You know how it is. You've probably thought about it many times times. You know you shouldn't use your tongue – your words to tear down or speak against others. We find ourselves blessing others – saying kind things to someone’s face only to later say inappropriate things to others. People with a conscience hate that they do that. We find out that the Word of God is true. "...No man can tame the tongue."
James 3:3-6 tells us more about this untamable thing. It says, "When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell." "...No man can tame the tongue."

If this is true, then what do we do? The first step is to recognize this truth and come to grips with it. You can't fix your tongue yourself. God is not lying when He says "...no man can tame the tongue." That includes you and me. At the same time we have to realize that God is not setting us up to fail. The answer in taming the tongue is recognizing that only with the help of the Holy Spirit can you tame the tongue. The Holy Spirit will help you tame your tongue through a number of ways. I'll only go into the two today.

First, pray that God through His Holy Spirit give you a revelation of the truth of this verse. Proverbs 18:21 says, "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." You will know when you’ve received the revelation of this verse from God. That revelation will put a reverential fear of the Lord in you. By that I mean that you will understand that your tongue can be used by God to be one of the greatest instruments of blessing in your life, or, a poison that will hurt your character, hinder your promotion and success, and will destroy the favor that God has given you to enjoy with people. Your tongue will advance you and others or it will tear down others, ultimately tearing down you. This word from God says that “we will eat” from the fruit of our Words. You will get what you are saying. Your mind can't take a hold of that but your spirit can. Let the Holy Spirit reveal this truth to you.

The second step in letting the Holy Spirit help you tame your tongue is asking Him to help you hear what you are saying. Once you can truly hear yourself, you'll be shocked by the number of negative things that come out of our mouth!

You’ll hear yourself say things like; "He is never going to change! I'm stuck with this situation and there is nothing I can do about it." “Nothing goes my way.” “I am never going to get into a good relationship there just isn't any good men out there.” "Nothing good ever happens to me."  Your tongue speaks more doubt and unbelief than you can imagine. Words like this reveal that this is your thinking. This is what is in your heart. What is in your heart not only influences others and situations, but also influences the health of your body! We need to guard our hearts by speaking right words. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Again, that is true whether you believe it or not. Your mouth is the barometer of your heart. And an indicator of what your body is going to experience.

God is trying to teach you to have faith in Him and speak words of faith and life. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand the power of Words. Then listen to what you say. You will become dependent upon the Lord for what it takes to change your words. That is the beginning! It is also the start of a powerful new life! More to come....

Eph 4:29 "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may impart grace to those who listen."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Are You One to Jump to Conclusions?

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


When my four children were teenagers and younger, Renee and I bought them a trampoline. (This is not an endorsement. It worked for us but we had strict rules.) The kids loved it. They played on it all the time and had a blast on it. And, I praise God that none of them every got hurt. But, I did. I had put it together and watched them jump over and over and over again. One day they begged me again and again. “Come on dad, get up here. You can do this.” I caved in and got on it. In a very short time I went flying over the side of the trampoline crashing to the ground. I lay there groaning as the kids put their hands on me to pray. “Dad, are you alright?” I had cracked my rib. It was painful. I never got on it again. I shouldn’t have jumped to begin with and I knew it.

There are another jumps that have caused me great pain – the "jumping to conclusions" too fast. It seems that most of my business past put me in the place of having to make decisions quickly. When I ran my own companies, I had to frequently make decisions. When I was hired as a Pastor of a growing church, that didn’t change. I had learned over the years to become a decisive person. I seemed to have developed the ability to grasp the big picture, take many things into consideration, and make decisive decisions.

One mistake that I had occasionally made early on was thinking I had all the facts to make a quality decision only to find out that I didn’t have all the facts. That’s called “jumping to conclusions” and when you do that, it can hurt like falling off a trampoline. You can embarrass yourself because you think you have all the information you need and have formed a judgment only to find out you didn’t have all the information and you have formed the wrong judgment. “Ouch,” that hurts. It can embarrass you and hurt others.

I think every parent has been guilty of jumping to conclusions when strife has developed between children and punishing the wrong child.
People jump to conclusions too frequently. They hear only one side of a couple's marriage problems and they jump to conclusions. They hear an alleged accusation against someone in a news story and jump to conclusions. They hear a rumor of a decision the boss has made and jump to conclusions. They do so because they are impulsive and impatient in many areas of their life. This bleeds over into jumping to conclusions. Proverbs 25:8 (MSG) says, "Don't jump to conclusions—there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw."

Being a man, (men like to fix things,) and being a decisive person in general has taught me that I have to be all the more cautious to make sure I have the facts I need to truly assess a conflict or situation accurately. Otherwise I might “jump” and end up where I don’t want to be – embarrassed by my mouth and actions.

Impatience is causes us to make this mistake. Impatience leads to horrible listening skills, impulsiveness, speaking words later regretted, jumping to conclusions and making wrong decisions.

Col. 3:12-15 (NLT) brings the instruction that we need so that the Holy Spirit can work the supernatural character transformation of patience within us. It says, “Since God chose you to be the holy people whom He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, AND PATIENCE. You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony.”

Getting the whole story, putting yourself in the other person’s shoes, listening with compassion and mercy, and clothing yourself with love by desiring resolution and good decisions will help force and develop patience within you. The development of patience within your character will help you to assess and respond rather than react and blurt. It’s better than lying on the ground with a cracked rib or feeling ashamed and stupid for jumping when and where you shouldn’t have!
1 Corinthians 4:5 (MSG) "So don't get ahead of the Master and jump to conclusions with your judgments before all the evidence is in. When He comes, He will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of—inner motives and purposes and prayers. Only then will any one of us get to hear the "Well done!" of God."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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