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Friday, October 18, 2013

Making of a Champion: Seattle Seahawks

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The video I have posted IS NOT just for sports lovers. It is for God-lovers.  I assure you this is an amazing and heart warming video that will bless you and that you will want to share! Watch ever minute of it and be blessed by it!


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 11, 2013

You - Before and After!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


On one of my birthday’s, Renee gave me this new health book Fit for Life. In this book, they have an entire picture section of people that have been through the program this book offers. You see all the before and after pictures of all these people. I love looking at before and after pictures of people that have purposed to change. It is so inspiring! In three to six months of hard work, these people look completely different and so much better.

In 2 Corinthians chapter 5 we read about God giving us a brand new life as we receive Jesus as our Savior. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"

God empowers us by His Holy Spirit to live it out. His Word says we are to be transformed. As I was looking at the before and after pictures of the people in this book, I had this thought: every one of us is working toward one of those two pictures. We are either creating a before picture or an after picture of our current life. Have you ever thought which picture you are presently creating? Think back to five years ago in your spiritual life, your physical life, and your mental state of mind. Have you gone backwards and are creating a picture you’d rather have as a “before” picture, or have you progressed in your life and it’s definitely an “after” picture?

In the book of the Acts in chapter 26, the Apostle Paul is giving his testimony while on trial. He is verbally painting the before picture of his life and then the after picture after Jesus got a hold of him. It became his testimony. Everyone that changes from a before to and after has a testimony. How powerful it is when our testimony is about what the Lord has done in us!

I am definitely living in an after picture. I say that because if anyone saw me now compared to thirty-five years ago before I knew the Lord, they'd tell you I was a completely different person. I am happy for that. At the same time, internally I feel like I am in a before picture compared to what I believe the Lord still wants to do within me and through my life. I realize that's good. Otherwise I would be sitting in pride of how great I think I am and probably look like a Pharisee.

The after picture is our ongoing goal that we see in our hearts that God helps us paint. It is the shaping of our thoughts and desires to conform to His Word, His Will, and His purpose for our lives. It's a path and a process in which we will continue to be changed as we pray and seek Him and purpose to live according to what He speaks to us through His Word.

Phillipians 1:5 reminds us that God is there if we will have confident faith in His supply of supernatural help. “…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” As this verse reveals, it’s God who had began and will continue to work in you – that is if you have confident faith in His helping you.

An aimless and purposeless life outside of the Lord will always result in a before picture. Pressing toward God's will for your life will help create after pictures. An after picture is not the end of all. It is actually only a step to the next after picture. What does your next after picture look like?

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 07, 2013

God Wants to Meet Your Needs!

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by Pastor Tim Burt
 

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to carry an unjustified confidence about everything they think and do – and possibly an ego to match? Confidence is a huge and necessary character quality in life. Without confidence, leaders, athletes, professionals, nor anyone, will rise to the fullness of their potential. Yet confidence is not supposed to be based on vain imagination or inflated ego. Confidence is to be based on a number of factors having to do with knowledge, understanding, ability, skill, and potential. 

There are two foundational things confidence must be built on. First, we must be confident from the promise of God’s word, that He loves us and cares about every detail of our lives. Secondly, we must know that as Jesus said, "...without me you can do nothing." (John 15:5) Every good thing that touches our life is because of God's grace – His divine mercy and love helping us. Not because we are so smart or cool or because we deserve it. 


Pride, ego, and boasting shuts God out of one’s life. Jeremiah 9:23 warns us, "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches…”Let me tell you a powerful truth. God hates pride. Satan’s original sin was pride. Pride shuts down God’s ability to work in our lives. James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

Proverbs 14:26 says, “In the reverence of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. “The words “strong confidence” literally means “mighty assurance.” What this verse is telling us is that when we put our faith in the promise of God’s Word, we can have mighty assurance or confidence.

Strong confidence rooted in anything outside of God is nothing more than disguised pride. Pride boasts about what it knows and about what it can do. It boasts about its future and its greatness. James 4:13-16 says, “Look here, you people who say, 'Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.' How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog it's here a little while, then it's gone. What you ought to say is, 'If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.' Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.”

These verses aren’t telling us not to plan. They are telling us that without praying for God’s participation, guidance, and grace in our day-to-day plans, we are out on a trip all by ourselves. Prov 16:9 says “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” Prov 16:3 says, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” 

God wants blessing, provision, and protection for our life. He wants this abundantly for our lives. Jesus revealed the nature of Satan and his will for us vs. Jesus and His will for us in John 10:10. “(Satan)The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to more abundantly.” You will never extend your faith in His promise beyond what you truly believe God wants for you. This has got be become one of the most settled issues of your heart. You then need to learn to trust and stand on these promises of God. As you do, you will see God manifest His blessings in your life. 

From the time Renee and I were married we believed and trusted God for our provision. That doesn’t mean we sat around twiddling our thumbs waiting for a mystical magical check to show up in our mailbox. God teaches us to work diligently, to honor authority, and to treat everyone – even those who seem to oppose or be against us, with love and respect. He teaches us to always give our best effort. He teaches us to seek Him through prayer for wisdom and direction. When we develop a lifestyle of following God’s ways like this and then we are faithful to become rooted in a church where we bring our tithes and offerings, God will direct us on a supernatural path of spiritual growth, provision, protection, and blessing. 

When I was a young minister, I couldn’t afford suits yet I needed to wear them. Renee and I were young marrieds with four young children. I worked and she stayed at home with the kids. We lived meagerly, yet we praised God and thanked Him daily for bringing us into a place of abundant promised blessing. We had strong confidence that He would meet all our needs because He promised He would. Psa 115:11-15 “You who fear him, trust in the LORD He is their help and shield. The LORD remembers us and will bless us… He will bless those who fear the LORD small and great alike. May the LORD make you increase, both you and your children…”We believed God would bring increase to us in every areas of life - spiritual growth, maturity, and provision. 

Renee and I decided to make lists of everything we needed – those things relating to our daily living and those things related to serving Him more effectively. We built those lists, hung them in our kitchen and thanked God daily for supplying our every need as promised in Philippians 4:19. “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

At this time suits and ties was something I had put on the list. A short time after I did, a man from church called me. “Tim, I was praying and God told me to call you and see if I could give you some of my suits.” This man had awesome taste in clothes and beautiful suits. He gave me three suits. The same thing happened with Renee concerning dresses. We may have not had a lot in those days, but we looked better than our bank account reflected.

Over time we would see the Lord provide those things on our lists – over and over again. As soon as one list was filled, we’d create another. We did this to honor Him as our provider! We still do this after all these years. We could probably afford much of what we need now but we are not relying on ourselves. We rely on God for all our provision. This is where our strong confidence is. Let Him become your strong confidence and provider!

Proverbs 14:26 “In the reverence of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.”



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Friday, October 04, 2013

Hilarious! "The Apology"

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by Pastor Tim Burt



Someone sent me these apology notes between spouses and it really made me laugh! Maybe you've already seen this but even so, I hope you enjoy it!


Hi Sweetheart,

I am sorry about getting into an argument about putting up the Christmas lights. I guess that sometimes I feel like you are pushing me too hard when you want something. I realize that I was wrong and I am apologizing for being such a hard-headed guy. All I want is for you to be happy and be able to enjoy the holiday season. Nothing brightens the Christmas spirit like Christmas lights! I took the time to hang the lights for you today; and now I will be off to the golf course.

Again, I am very sorry for the way I acted yesterday. I'll be home later.

Love you……


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Her response:   

Hi Honey,

Thank you for that heart-felt apology. I don't often get an apology from you, and I truly appreciate it. I, too, felt bad about the argument and wanted to apologize. I realize that I can sometimes be a little pushy. I will try to respect your feelings from now on. Thank you for taking the time to hang the Christmas lights for me. It really means a lot. In the spirit of giving, I washed your truck for you; and now I am off to the mall.

I love you too!



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I guess this is why God instructs us to: Ephesians 4:31 (NLT) "Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

God's Way of Overcoming Weariness and Relational Schmism

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was 20 years old, I was playing in a broom ball match that got quite heated. A fight broke out between a couple of guys next to me and before I knew what happened, it seemed like everyone started fighting. As I was turning my head looking around, I instantly saw a punch coming right at me. It hit me in the mouth and almost knocked out my tooth. That unseen punch was called a “sucker punch.”

We’ve all been there! We’ve all be sucker punched! We’ve all been suddenly hit with what we didn’t see coming, that had the potential to knock us out. The enemy of our soul tries to manipulate those kinds of attacks against our life. The Lord knows this and out of His love for us, tries to instruct us how to defend ourselves and then defeat these attacks. Yesterday I wrote about how not to be weak kneed after the first punch, but how to instead instantly gain strength from the Lord before you do anything else. I want to continue from there today.
When a demonic attack comes against our life, it’s purpose is to try to torment our mind and emotions, steal our peace and joy, and undermine and get us to abandon our trust in God. At that moment, we may feel weak-kneed but God wants us to first rise up in His strength – not our own. He says, "Be strong in the Lord's mighty power.” That strength comes from knowing God cares about every detail of your life including your present situation. He loves you and wants to help you!

Then, through the Apostle Paul, God reveals more. He informs us that God has weapons for us to use in this attack. The Bible calls them the weapons of our warfare. Eph. 6:11-12 says, "Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.”

When an attack comes, we are instructed to make sure we have put on our armor – God's spiritual protection for the attacks that come in life. Then He immediately instructs us hold on to the right mind-set – recognizing that the people that seem to be the source of our problem aren’t the problem. He informs us that we are fighting spiritual forces behind the attack.
That is so important to know. When you know that, you won’t look at them as your enemy. You can hold on to your love walk. Don’t get mad at the person. Instead, pause and lift your heart to the Lord. At that moment, draw strength from God and say, “Lord, I know these people are not the source of this and I won’t react or act like the devil in response to them. Help me manage this situation in a way that glories you and draws further direction from you later.” If you can learn to do this, you will head off a multitude of potential problems you might have otherwise created. You will also avoid the mental warfare of playing negative situations over and over in your head.

Think for a moment: If you were being protected by a group of soldiers or policemen, would you want them to freak out at the first shot of a bullet or would you want them to be calm and use the God-given skills to think rationally and protect you? You have to do the same thing. When you do, you’ve won the first round of the fight.

This is a great truth forgotten on a daily basis. People are not our enemy. If we truly understood that, we would deal with the battles we fight in a completely different way. We would become by default, people of prayer – praying through obstacles and setbacks before we tried to fix or deal with them. We’d fight battles in the Lord’s strength and in a way that glories God – through love and prayer. We’d have faith that He would help us deal with theses problems.

People live in unforgiveness, strife, and division for years and years because of how they initially and poorly dealt with a negative attack. The roots of bitterness grow deep. The hurt and pain  is replayed in the mind countless times and the pain of that hurt 15 years later is as fresh as if it happened yesterday. It keeps people from forward progress and blessing in their life. 

Putting a target on a person only creates division and strife and draws you into the wells of self-justification. It throws logs on a fire. You know this! Some situations are impossible to fix without making things worse. You need God's help and intervention so that you don't make matters worse! So, again, pause and pray in faith and then respond as the Lord leads you!

The enemy is the enemy of our soul. Our battles are first spiritual. That means we have to learn to put on the weapons of our warfare and at every point of conflict, remember who we are, who are enemy is, and who people are. People are to be the target of God’s love operating though us – even when it seems they are coming against us.

This is why Jesus spoke these words to us in Luke 6:27-36 says, "But if you are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you… Do for  others as you would like them to do for you. "Do you think you deserve credit merely for loving those who love you? Even the sinners do that! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, is that so wonderful? Even sinners do that much! .."Love your enemies! Do good to them… Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for He is kind to the unthankful and to those who are wicked. You must be merciful and compassionate, just as your Father is merciful and compassionate."

Conflict, evil reports, negative situations, are real. They do show up in our life, often as a sucker punch. But, the Lord wants you to be strong in HIS might, put your armor, and know that people are not your enemy, the devil and his cohorts are. When you feel those fiery arrows in your life – pause, draw strength, and pray! More tomorrow…

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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