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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 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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