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Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus – Must See!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Flash mobI wish I was in a mall when one of these broke out! I know I'd never forget it! Tis still the season! Enjoy!


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Managing Conflict in a Godly Way.

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I read a story in the newspaper that said this: "Sixteen years after a jury called him a killer and a judge sentenced him to prison, a former Tustin Marine corporal stood in a Santa Ana courtroom Thursday and wept as he was declared a free and innocent man. Apologizing for a justice system's grave error, Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald told 38-year-old Kevin Lee Green that he hoped the second half of his life would somehow make up for the lost time."

Another story reported this: "The day he was wrongly convicted of rape, Calvin Johnson Jr. stood firm and told the judge, "As God is my witness, you've got the wrong man." He served 16 years of a life sentence, believing one day he'd be exonerated. Johnson was freed Tuesday after DNA evidence proved he could not have committed the crime. "I don't see any reason to harbor any bitterness," Johnson said as he left the Clayton County courthouse with his father and two sisters. "If you hold something like that inside you, it just destroys you. Now it's time for me to go on with my life."
These real life stories remind us of the story we know of Joseph and the wrongful accusations against him by a woman who lusted after him and then falsely accused him. It resulted in his sitting in prison for many years. Like the men in the newspaper articles, Joseph kept his heart right and the Lord was able to work in His life and bring him out. Jesus was also falsely accused over and over again. It was false accusation that led to His walk to Calvary to die for our sins.

Prov 6:19 says that something God hates is this: “… a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers." I will give you a simple example of this. When I’ve had people in my office for counseling, a majority are there because of getting offended at someone else. "So and so said this." "So and so did that.” “This is going on in my life and it's so and so’s fault!" The truth is, for every person's story of being hurt; there is another side and another perspective. And this is the saddest part. The majority of all offenses are over misunderstandings that could have been worked out by two reasonable people that would sit down face-to-face and kindly talk it out.

One of the greatest lessons I have learned in life is that when something goes wrong, keep your emotions in check and find out what happened. Get the facts before you let your emotions go one inch. People get upset over something, let their emotions vomit out hurtful words and anger, and create an eruption of trouble that could have been easily resolved through conversation and getting the facts. Anger can feel like a sneeze - good to get out but it always carries regret and hurts more than it helps! James 1:20 (NLT) says, "Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires."   



People too often hurt each other and never work through it. Most people are horrible at working through conflict. Even though the Bible instructs us to go back to those that "we have ought with," and work it out. Very few do. Most let it churn inside and then let it evolve to bitterness and deep hurt. Then most go around painting verbal pictures of "what so and so did." When this happens, that person could be acting as a false witness or slanderer. They could be getting someone in trouble or decreasing their good name by the words of hurt that they speak against the one they were hurt by. People do this! They want to justify themselves and hurt back.

We want to make sure we are not unwarily giving place to this in our lives. It will harden our heart in unforgiveness and bitterness. When this happens, we shut out God's presence and the power that is available to help and heal. We become callous and insensitive to His presence, leadings, and promptings. Staying sensitive to God and His presence in our life is no insignificant matter. Therefore we have to put away the things that harden our hearts.

I don't know of any greater weakness overall in the body of Christ than the ignorance of or unwillingness to work through relational conflict. In the story of Joseph, his brothers were just plain mean and jealous. There won't be any great relational resolution with people that are wicked, hard, or mean. But, in the body of Christ, that should not be so.

We have a church of ten thousand people. Needless to say, I am busy on the weekends. I am a very smiley person by nature but, sometimes in church, when I am helping someone or taking care of a situation, I’m on a mission. On at least thee occasions over the 30 years at church, I’ve had people say to me, “Pastor, you are mad at me aren’t you?” Being shocked to hear that I asked them why in the world they’d think such a thing. “Because you walked by me without smiling or saying hi.” “When did I do that?” “Two years ago.” I was always shocked but apologetic. I assured them I wasn't mad at them and most likely didn't even notice them as I was helping someone else.

The question is this; Are they now going to be able to go back and tell all those people over the past two years that they had told I was rude to them, that it was a misunderstanding based on their wrong perspective? Proverbs 10:18 (NLT) says, "Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool." Damaging someone's name or reputation because of a hurtful perspective that could be resolved is wrong and makes you foolish. Proverbs 20:3 (NLT) gives us a better standard! "Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling."  If we acted as Christians, kindly searched for the facts of a misunderstanding and dealt with it, we would be doing what God wants us to do and it would be a "mark of honor."

The Apostle Paul told and modeled what our high standard should be in Acts 24:16. “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.” Paul makes it simple. "I don't stay offended not at God or man!"
When we tear people down, the Holy Spirit is trying to get us to stop. We can sense it if we are sensitive to Him. If getting offended and talking to others about it is your norm, you will become hard and used to overriding God's still small voice. The result will be, you will lose your ability to sense the presence of God that helps you forgive so that you can bring, power, life, direction, healing, miracles, and the touch of His love to others.

The thought of being cut off from all that God has for me gives me the chills. And so I choose to remind myself the Apostle Paul's standard and live by it being full of the forgiveness Jesus forgave me with. “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Conquer Your Disappointments With Faith

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Some time ago the daughter of some friends of ours a young woman we love and consider precious, lost her first baby to miscarriage. This was cause for great disappointment for all. We felt their pain and prayed for their encouragement as this couple tried again for a child.

Disappointments are a part of life that happen because of the evil, pain, and hurt that Satan has sown into this earth. When we face them, it is so critical that we keep from making a harmful mistake that unfortunately, take far too many down a road of deception.
The mistake that needs to be guarded against at a time of disappointment is to think that God let you down or didn't answer your prayer.

God does hear and answer our prayers if they are according to His Will. 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." This is why it's so important to spend time in the Word of God and come to know what God's will is.

Some people go through life and treat God as a 'genie.' "God do this and God do that." Other than asking for something whenever they are in trouble, they don't spend much time with God. Our prayers our heard when they are according to His will. Our prayers are answered when they are lifted in faith  –  a belief and trust in what the Lord said is true!" The majority of prayers are lifted not in faith but in at best, hope, and usually in the opposite of faith they are lifted up in worry! God says this: Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) "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." God is not playing a game with us. Sincere heart faith is what destroys the work of the devil. Nothing else does!

God cares about every detail of our life  more than we do!  He wants us to let Him know of every need. That does not offend him. Phil 4:6 reveals this powerful benefit to us! “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." It's just that when we don't take the time to worship Him and meditate on His Word, we don't give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to illuminate His love, His kindness and mercy, and the promises of His Word to our heart. These are the very thing that create sincere heart faith. Without a true heart relationship with God, our motivation is often off. We unconsciously treat God like a genie rather than the Lord of our life. God’s love is selfless. An intimate relationship with Him transforms us from selfish to selfless. That is when our character matures, our motivation becomes pure, and our knowledge and confidence in His will become anchored in real faith.

Having said all this, when disappointment comes to our life, the first thing to make sure you don't do is let your mind go down the wrong path thinking "God didn't answer my prayer." If you have a relationship with Him and you asked in faith then you need to trust God. As the old saying goes, "it's not over till it's over." God has a plan to turn every evil of Satan to the benefit of His children when we hold on in faith.

In Mat 1:19-20 we read the story of Joseph and Mary. Joseph was greatly disappointed  – probably crushed by Mary's revelation that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. He just couldn’t wrap his understanding around that. He couldn’t believe her. In his mind he had figured out a plan. He would quietly divorce her. That was the best his mind could come up with. But he didn’t blame God or shut God out in anger. He kept his heart open and God gave Him a better plan – His will! We read, Mat 1:19-20 “Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit." 


God took Joseph past his disappointment into His will for their lives. Joseph would not have heard this if he had let his disappointment become anger at God. He kept his heart right toward God and God turned his disappointment into blessing. God will do that for us if we stay close to Him, keep our situations before Him, and in faith trust Him! Learn to conquer your disappointments with faith and know that if you stay in that place, God will take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it for good!

Proverbs 3:5-6  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Monday, December 16, 2013

A Distraction Straight From God That Will Help You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Most people have at one time or another experienced what feels like an overwhelming hurt, anger and pain at the hand of another person. There can be so much emotional resentment built up in you that you feel almost numb. You can't think. You don't feel like doing anything. You just want to shut your eyes and escape.

I pray that none of you are in this state of mind and heart today but chances are, you've felt like this at some time in your life and that you will feel like this again. What can we do at times like this? What should we do when we feel so overwhelmed and out of control by circumstances around us that we can't focus or think straight?

I'll give you a possible suggestion at the risk that you might think it overly simplistic. I don't think it is. I believe it will work almost all the time. It’s something I learned by observation. My father-in-law executed it perfectly and repeatedly when my children were small. It's the art of distraction.

You know how little kids are. They get upset easily and over the most ridiculous things. (Much like adults do only they don’t want to admit they are acting like children.) They scream, the cry, they get upset and can be difficult to get under control. My father-in-law was the master of distraction when my kids got this way. He simply drew their attention to something else long enough to forget what they were upset about. It worked and it was amazing!

When a person is feeling overwhelmed, negative thoughts recycled over and over are usually the greatest contributor of that feelings of being overwhelmed. Stay in one place and keep your mind on those negative thoughts and you will stay in that smothering state of mind. Do something that distracts your thoughts elsewhere and you can begin to find light and your way of escape.

You can probably remember a time when you were really mad at someone when suddenly the telephone rang or somebody walked in on you and interrupted the moment. Because you didn't want them to see you angry, you quickly put on a fake face and had a normal conversation with them, even talking and laughing with them. It probably distracted you enough to partially forget what was bothering you before they came along. When they left, you may have gone back and continued to be mad, but if you did, it was only because you've made the decision to be.

There is another and even better distraction. It’s called spending time in the Word of God. At first you might read for a while and catch yourself thinking about everything but what you are reading. At that point what you are reading is doing no good. It's not penetrating. Your mind is still elsewhere. But if you will ask God to help you focus on what you read, He will help you! As you begin to see, hear, and think about the words you are reading, His Word can get through to you and begin to take your heart to a better place.

On this Spirit-led journey you may stumble across some scripture like Prov 20:9 that says, "Who can say, 'I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?'" That verse may speak to your heart and soon you'll hear the Holy Spirit say, "You've blown it too so why don't you cut them some slack!" You may stumble across others scriptures that begin to speak to your heart and soften the trouble your feeling. You begin to experience a refreshing of mercy, grace, and forgiveness, as well as instruction for what to do.

You may drift over to Isa 55:6 that jars you saying, "Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.”

Have you ever tried to fly a kite when there was no wind? You run and run trying to get that thing in the air wanting it to stay up. As soon as you stop running, it crashes to the ground. That is what happens when we try to resolve negative feelings and circumstances ourselves. We are trying to fly a kite with no wind. When we let negative thoughts be positively distracted by the power of God's Word and let it breathe life and promise back into our lives, then the Holy Spirit can blow and keep that kite of hope in the air.

Isaiah 55:11 says,“…My word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Read these words again. "My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." These are words of promise. God is near. He is bigger than you. He is smarter than you. And He promises to heal you and help you move forward in forgiveness or through your hard circumstances. That’s what I call a Holy Ghost distraction designed to get your mind off what is bad and back on what is good. And… He promises that His Word will work in you if you give yourself over to it.

It will work in you! It won’t return void. Let God's Word do what it was meant to do in your life. Pray first asking Him to speak to you and then be helped and refreshed as He ministers to your heart!  Amen!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Trade Worry for Results

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I am presently in a very busy stretch at work. I can usually keep up with what's on my plate but recently, there have been some family crisis situations of a few people at church that have needed much attention. We want to be there to help in those times and I believe we are and do a great job. But, after a while, it can all add up and try to wear you down.

I woke up in the middle of the night last night and found myself thinking about a person in our church that is in a very difficult situation. I was trying to work out some solutions in my mind. The problem was, they weren't easy solutions and would take a great deal of my time – time I didn't have to give. I didn't know what I was going to do. I fell asleep but later the Lord woke me up to pray. I can tell when the Lord wakes me up because I am instantly wide awake and not tired. When this happens, I also know the grace of God will be with me to get me through the day (from the lack of sleep.)

When I was a young Christian, I was misguided thinking that worrying for others was sacred or compassionate. I know I got that from my mother. She worried about everyone thinking it was a godly thing to do. But, it’s not! It is a worthless way to spend time.1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you.” Do you know why God wants us to lay our worries at His feet? Because cares and worries will kill you! They’ll create stress and rob you of sleep. They will destroy your health. You were designed by God to lean on Him and have faith in Him – not worry! I am not saying you shouldn’t have compassion. That is a beautiful thing. But the most fruitful thing we can do when we are tempted to worry about our situations or someone else’s, is intercede and ask the Lord to help. We should always do what we can to help others, but there are many times where we are confronted with our limitations. We do our part and we pray petitioning God to work in behalf of those we love. That is His plan and idea. Not ours! We just need to follow it. If you will sincerely pray for others, it doesn't mean you don’t take action to help in some way, but nothing you do will compare to your heartfelt prayers.

When Mordecai confronted Ester about her part to help save the Jews, she knew she had a plan to execute but also knew the prayer part was the most important. Esther 4:16  "Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me…" We see the exhortation in James 5:16 that says, “…pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” And 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."

I woke up in the middle of the night. The devil would have loved it if I would have wasted the time laying there worrying while losing precious sleep. It wasn't going to happen. I finally finished praying about 6:00 am. I will still try to see what I can do to help this person with their situation, but what I have great confidence in, is that the Lord has heard my prayers and is working behind the scenes in the way He always does. God's love for this person far exceeds anything I feel and His ability far exceeds anything I could think of or do. So, I didn't lose sleep last night. I sacrificed it for prayer and blessing for this person. She will be helped and God will be glorified!

For you, be compassionate and care and do what you can. But remember that of all that you do, what will matter the most is the prayers you pray in faith to help others! You glorify God and usher in His help to their situation!

Matthew 6:27 (NLT) “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.”


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Protect and Guard These Valuable Things!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


We had a cat named Cuddles for almost 15 years.  She was a sweet cat that my kids loved. One of my sons in particular seemed to own her by his consistent affection toward her.

A few years ago, some friends asked us if we would take in a kitten that they could not keep because of allergies. I caved and we took it into our home. It wasn't a good idea. It was far too frisky and Cuddles, our first cat was too old to adapt. It turned Cuddles from a sweet and wonderful cat into a cranky and hissing monster. She couldn't stand the kitten. My son who loved Cuddles that most became very enamored with the kitten. His affection had shifted from Cuddles to the new kitten. He began to see Cuddles in more of a negative light. One day when he was complaining about Cuddles, I reminded him of how much he loved her and of how sweet she was before the kitten came on the scene. He was having trouble remembering how much he had loved Cuddles and her pattern of always being a nice cat.

The kitten was too much for our home. We found a new place for it and for Cuddles sake had to give it up. When we did, Cuddles immediately turned back into her sweet self. She won back the affections of my son who was temporarily hurting from the pain of the lost kitten. It was fun to watch him return to holding her with love and affection, forgetting that short cranky spell she went through when her space was invaded.

Concerning people in our life, it's important to remember the good things about someone that has been loving to you for so long if they hit a bump in the road, if they get cranky, if something hurts their reputation, or if the affection for something or someone else tries to replace them. 

2 Tim 1:13 -14 says, “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”  In this verse, we see the Apostle Paul instructing the disciples around him to look at his pattern of sound teaching. He wanted them to value and guard this new way of life in obedience to God's Word. Paul was a living example of how to think and be like Jesus. He knew that his influence was impacting their life. He knew it was important for them to learn the word but he also knew they needed to see someone live it out in real life. He was also warning them that others were out to ruin his reputation and he wanted his disciples to remember the kind of man he was! There were many who hated Paul out of jealousy, believing he was a heretic. They were continuously trying to destroy his reputation and character through lies and rumors. He wanted the disciples to remember who he was and what he represented. When the lies and rumors hit them, he wanted them to guard their hearts and remember the truth about his pattern of sound teaching. Paul knew what we should all learn. That people who are leaders for God are hated by the enemy. Because they are, Satan works to lie and tear down their reputations like he did with Jesus.

You wouldn't think Paul would have to worry about that but think for a minute; Jesus was one day teaching, preaching, casting out demons and healing everyone around Him. They believed Him to be a prophet of God if not the Messiah Himself. Yet after the persecution started, they turned their back on Jesus and forgot about what they had heard and seen and instead believed the rumors and lies. Paul knew that this was a common fickleness of man’s behavior.

I have found that focusing on the good patterns in people has truly helped me value them at times when the devil would try to devalue them or cause upheaval in their lives. At some point in life, the devil is out to destroy everyones reputation and character. Usually some kind of problem or misunderstanding happens. Then negative words or rumors start flying. Then the devil works to get us to pay attention and believe those negative comments or rumors more than years of a pattern of good things.  People that get sucked in by the lies about good godly people end up throwing away good relationships and friendships that have been a blessing to them like they were used Kleenex. I've seen people pick up other's offenses against their Pastor and ending up abandoning him just because another was offended at something. It is so sad! Value good people that have shown you long time love and care. Don't be part of an attack against someone else's reputation.  Stand up for them. You've seen their good pattern of life. Don't easily forget it! 

In 1 Corinthians 13, we are instructed that our default mode should be to believe and assume the best of someone instead of easily being persuaded to believe the worst.

I remember years ago, being upset with someone I considered a friend. He had in my opinion made a few bad chooses which affected and upset me. For a while we were at odds with each other. I ran things through my mind over and over again and as I did, he became more and more of a villain. I had been praying about this when the Lord stopped me. He said, “I want you to think about everything you have ever liked about this person and the pattern of good in their life. Think about the blessing they've been to you for so long!” I started thinking about our friendship, what a good person he was, and all the things I liked about him. I remembered what a good friend he had been. As I did, the good feelings immediately started surfacing and bad feelings started to dissipate. It enabled me to back off with a more open perspective and desire to sit down and work out our differences. We worked things out and our friendship was better and stronger than before.

Being able to hold on to the best of people and overlook their flaws and mistakes is a supernatural doing. It takes the help of the Holy Spirit. That is why the Apostle Paul said, "Guard the good deposit (what you have viewed and believed about good people) that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us." It all starts with asking God to help you hold on to and remember and focus on the good you've seen and experienced from people in your life! Value relationships! They are not used Kleenex to throw away. They are a gift from God. Guard them!

Proverbs 20:3 (NLT) "Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor: only fools insist on quarreling."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ready, Set, Influence - Your Calling!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A while back I was on a flight with another couple – good friends of mine. She had only been on one flight in her life. This was her second time. The weather was not good and she was nervous about the flight. I was teasing her about how wild the flight would be because of the heavy winds. Suddenly, the Lord spoke from within, “Don’t be an agent of fear, but of faith and encouragement. The enemy is already working to bring fear to her. You are helping him, not Me or her.” I immediately repented and began to reassure her that things would be great and that we had prayed that the angels of God would surround and protect our flight – that the promise of Psalm 91:11 says, “For He orders His angels to protect you wherever you go.” Those words encouraged her immediately and we had a great flight.

Romans 5:17 (NLT) says, “The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ” In this verse, the Lord, through the Apostle Paul is speaking to us about the power of influence. We all have the power to influence whether it be for God, bringing the influence of righteousness and love, or being used of the devil and influencing others in the path of sin and fear. When he speaks about "by one man's offense death reigned," he is revealing one of the sadder truths ever revealed to man. That simply through one man's influence, sin was passed on to all mankind. This seems impossible but it's really true. We probably have no idea just how much we influence others, and not always in the best way.

I came to know the Lord at the age of 24, receiving Jesus personally as my Lord and Savior. It wasn't until then that I could look back and see how negative of an influence I had been over many parts of my life. It was in opening and studying the Bible and asking the Holy Spirit to help illuminate the scriptures to me that I began to see how my mouth and actions could negatively influence others.

Thank God that the Apostle Paul doesn't stop at sin with his revelation of the power of influence . He goes on to reveal the power of righteous influence. He goes on to say, "but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.” In a nutshell these verses are telling us that Adam and Eve’s influence taught mankind how to sin and it spread to every person. It goes on to say that the influence of another – Jesus also spread to the world. Jesus gave us His gift of righteousness and love, meaning He washed our sins away, filled us with His Holy Spirit. And now the influence of His Holy Spirit within us can help us influence others toward Jesus and a godly life.” What an amazing swap for my life. It's never been the same and influence for Jesus is now my life's mission.

Those that know the Lord are the only ones capable of revealing to others that there is a life-changing God who is merciful and full of compassion that loves His children and wants to fill their lives with every good thing. Those that know the Lord are the only ones capable of revealing to others that in a supernatural moment of time, sins can be forever blotted out and forgiven. Those that know the Lord are the only ones capable of helping others discover the life changing power and precious promises of God's Word that destroy the daily fears we face and instead bring faith and trust and peace! That is what God wanted me to bring to my friend on the airplane when she was battling fear over the flight. In that moment of time, God reminded me who I was – His agent of love and godly influence. Not Satan’s agent of fear and torment.

There was a time when we were ignorantly used as an influencing agent of sin. If we don't purposely remember who we are in Christ and why we are here, it can be too easy to get caught up in the attitudes of the world and negatively influence others with our own wayward attitude. Now is the time where with the help and grace of God, we should be an influence of His righteousness! As Proverbs 15:23 (NLT) says, “Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!” How especially wonderful when that fitting word is the promise of God that draws others to His love, trust, and peace – freeing them from sin, fear, and discouragement!

Are you influencing others for God or for the devil? Because you love Jesus, you have God's Word, the Holy Spirit, and the promises of God. It's your words of encouragement that touch others with His love. Be ready, get set, influence! It's your calling!

Isaiah 50:4 (NLT) "The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Monday, December 09, 2013

Do You See in You What God Wants You to See?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


We were recently blanketed with a late snow here in Minnesota-land. One upside of this early snowfall is that it is so beautiful to look at and be out in. Everything is covered with pure virgin white snow and almost every where you look, you see this breathtakingly beautiful majestic picture of fresh snow.
Where in some states, the snow quickly melts, that is not the case here. We will have this snow with us until at least March. When it finally warms up in the Spring, the snow melts and the opposite of what I just described comes. The accumulated litter from the entire winter is seen everywhere. It will be there until all the city road crews and volunteers do a massive Spring clean up.

This reminds me how we feel when we lose sight of the fact that God has forgiven our sins through Jesus Christ. When we forget His robe of righteousness that He, by His doing, chose to place upon the ones who would receive Him, we begin to see litter everywhere. That robe of righteousness covers our sins and shortcomings like a fresh blanket of snow covers the litter on the ground. It helps us not to see our own human imperfections and failings. Isa 61:10 says, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness…”

When we draw near to the Lord, it's good to reflect on what Jesus did for us. When we receive Him as Lord and Savior, He puts this robe of righteousness upon us so that when He looks at us, He sees someone who was washed and made pure before Him. This is an awesome revelation of the gift of His love. It is our ongoing challenge to become Christ-like. That transformation is a life-long project. As we work to put on Christ and try to shed our old worldly thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors, we will still at times, sin and blow it. But that only shows the love and graciousness of the Lord! In His mercy, He has made provision for sincere repentance as we go through the life-long process of cleaning up the filthiness of our flesh as we sin in 1 John 1:9 (NIV)  "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

As we sincerely work at this, the Lord does not want us to walk through life sin-conscience but instead righteousness-conscience. When we are sin-conscience always listening to the condemnation of Satan showing us our failures and working to heap us in guilt, then we only see the litter in our life. It is not pretty. It makes us feel filthy and unworthy, and makes us want to quit and run from God. But when we live in a spirit of thankfulness for God’s robe of righteousness, our thankfulness will actually translate into spiritual strength and a greater desire to live more righteously. We see the majestic beauty our lives can represent because of His love and acceptance of us.

2 Cor. 7:1 says, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

“Cleansing ourselves from the filthiness of the spirit…” is not just changing your behaviors. It is cleansing our self from unbelief. Instead of thinking that God is mad at you and wants to punish you, you should instead see yourself in this robe given by Him that has made you as white as snow and forgiven of sin. This is His righteousness working in you. When you understand that this is the way God sees you, then you will “…come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.” Hebrews 4:16  


Coming boldly to the throne room is coming knowing He has adorned you in His robe of righteousness to cover the “litter” of your life by Jesus' shed blood. This is how you cleanse yourself of “filthiness of spirit" – by coming in faith in what He has done and does for you; not just what you can do in yourself. When you get this truth and live by it, you grow in assurance of His love and have greater faith that the promises of God are yours. Now you can begin to live boldly by faith in them.

God’s covenant of promised blessing to Abraham and his future seed reaches all the way into our lives today through that faith. Galatians 3:14 says,”God redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

The promises of blessings to God’s children abound throughout the Bible. Your robe of righteousness allows you to access to them today. Will you believe and thank God for His promises in all areas of your life? Will you learn them? Will you pray boldly in faith believing in the face of contrary circumstance baiting you to unbelief?

God wants to supernaturally bless you. Can you believe that in faith without wavering? Pray like David did and you'll be reminded of what God has done for you! Psalm 138:2 (NLT) “I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.”

Isaiah 1:18 (NLT) “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Friday, December 06, 2013

The Piano Guys for Christmas

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Enjoy this unusual rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High" by the Piano Guys! Fun to watch!






In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt


 
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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Women: Remember Who You Are!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Ladies, be reminded of how great God created you to be!





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Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Consistent Change Leads to Consistent Blessing

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


When my son Pete was a toddler, watching him eat spaghetti was an event. He had as much fun finger painting his face and sculpting his hair with the spaghetti sauce as he did eating it. We he was finished, we just peeled off his clothes and put him in the bath tub. Kids getting dirty – even filthy is something kids do. You manage it the best you can.

I’ve worked jobs that have required physical labor where you I got very dirty. There are times when getting filthy is just a part of the job description. But when getting filthy means sinful behavior, it is inappropriate and God requires that the behavior must change. 2 Cor. 7:1 says, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh…” It says that one reason we should cleanse ourselves is so we won’t hinder the promise of blessing – "Having therefore these promises."  

“Cleanse ourselves from filthiness of the flesh” is getting rid of sinful behaviors. Galatians 5:19-21 describes filthiness of the flesh saying, “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God."


The last verse in those scriptures is quite sobering. “…anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” The question arises from many Christians, “Pastor Tim, I thought if I accepted Jesus as my Savior, my sins are all forgiven?” The answer is that they are. Upon the very moment of sincerely receiving Jesus Christ into your heart, your sins are washed away. At that very moment, you literally change spiritual residence. Col 1:13 describes that moment like this; “The Father…has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.” The word “translated” in the Greek means to carry to another place or to exchange places. You were literally taken out of Satan’s grip and spiritual power and put under the care of Jesus. At that moment, God placed His Holy Spirit within you and from that moment, a change began. It was like the heavenly street cleaning machines began to drive up and down the streets of your heart and mind. The Holy Spirit begins to show a believer what is sinful and what is good and creates spiritual strength so changes can be made.

All of a Christian’s sins are forgiven, but now God wants to help us change the thoughts and attitudes that led to sinful behavior. That will be a process – a life long process. Why? Because it’s your castle He is helping you clean up. It’s like going through each room of your mansion with a paint brush and a can of paint – just you and the Holy Spirit. You are the only ones who can paint it because its within you. Consequently, God gives us space and time to change. It’s called mercy and grace. That is not a license to sin. It is God’s understanding and patience for you to want to make those changes out of your love for Him, just as Jesus died for you out of His love for you. When we do blow it and sin, God makes provision called sincere heart repentance. 1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.”

Again, this benefit is not a permission slip to sin. It is the mercy of God and His grace to help us while we go through the process of “cleansing ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh…” Every time we sin, we should stop and sincerely repent and talk to God about how to change the behavior of that sin and examine the Word of God to see what He has to say about it. Then we should pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us make changes. When someone is sincerely sorry, they will find the strength and in time make changes.

When someone doesn’t repent from sin or work to make changes, they begin to override the voice of the Holy Spirit and become hardened. When they become hardened, they no longer feel guilty over committing sin and become deceived and blinded in areas of their life and dull to God’s voice to help. When that happens, they can put their salvation in jeopardy. 1 John 2:4 says, “If someone says, "I belong to God," but doesn't obey God's commandments, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth.” This is the process of keeping your heart pure while you grow up in Christ and letting God transform you into the new you – into His image.

God is not watching over you with a stick. He is not watching over you with the intent of catching you at every mistake. He is the most loving of all and is the loving Father present in your life, NOT to accuse or condemn you but to encourage and lead you into a blessed life.

The process of change can produce some pain, some guilt, and the need for repentance, maybe more than you will every feel comfortable with, but that is what will help you to experience supernatural change! By sincerely pursuing God and embracing the need to make changes and repent as God reveals sinful areas of your life, your heart is kept tender, pliable, and moldable to be transformed.   Your Heavenly Father is a perfect Father wanting blessing, not condemnation or guilt for you. Looking to God to help you make consistent change leads to His consistent blessing manifesting in your life. In this place with God, let your faith arise knowing you are doing your best to live for the Lord and walk with boldness in His precious promise from Psalm 84:11 “No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who do what is right.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

God's Ultimate Makeover for You!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


There are so many wonderful art strokes from God’s hands throughout nature that some times it’s hard for my eyes to believe what I am actually seeing because of the awesomeness of its beauty. One of those times was from a cockpit on a beautiful clear night at 33,000 feet. I worked for an airline for 13 years. I remember one night the pilots asked me to come up to the cockpit. We had the most amazing view of the greatest display of Northern Lights I had ever seen. It was one thing seeing them from the ground. It was another thing seeing them that high up in the dark of the night. I was memorized almost not being able to believe what I was seeing. (You can see a fantastic video of Northern lights at http://www.northern-lights.no/ )

When I think of this it makes me think of Abraham. The God of the universe makes a personal and intimate promise to this man. If we wonder if God talks to the heart of man, that question is answered in these verses. If we wonder if God cares about what we care about, that question is answered in these verses. If we wonder if God keeps His promises, you find that He always has as he did for AbrahamGod used one of His art strokes to help paint a picture of promise to Abraham. Gen 15: 5-6  “Then the Lord brought Abram outside beneath the night sky and told him, "Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that—too many to count!" And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord credited it to him as righteousness because of his faith." If we wonder if God will do things greater than we could possibly conceive out of love for us – Jesus already proved it to be so.

When you were a child, you probably had your parent or parents make promises to you that you wanted them to reassure to you over and over again. Hopefully they kept their promises to you. Over the course of life, there are so many broken promises, so much disillusionment, and so many times our hopes and expectations are shattered that we lose trust in anyone’s promises including God. We can’t let that distrust infect our trust in God’s promises. Unbelief is the enemy of faith and the hindering force and obstacle to the fulfillment of God’s promises in our life. Promises from God are ushered into our lives through sincere heart understanding of what they are and through our faith in them. Hebrews 11:6 opens our eyes to this revelation of truth. “So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”

God made Abraham promises and to Abraham's credit, he believed God! His belief or his faith changed the world! He makes promises to you that will change your world! The first thing the God promises to one who becomes a Christian – to one who has accepted Jesus as personal Lord and Savior, is that He will have His Holy Spirit come to live within you. That is mind-boggling and a fact that to many Christians are unaware of or don't really understand! This happens the second a person sincerely gives their life to Jesus. The Holy Spirit is given to you as a gift from God to give you supernatural strength and help for the transformation of your life! That is why Jesus said, "You must be born again." The Holy Spirit within you helps transform you into a new person – one who begins to see and understand life through God's eyes. The Holy Spirit enables that to happen. 2 Cor 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” That word creature is a Greek word that means you’ve been made over again. It carries the meaning of being remanufactured, or a brand new creation and carries the connotation that you are under someone else’s proprietorship – God Himself. 1 Cor 6:20 says, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.” Jesus paid the price for your redemption – therefore you belong to Him. He is making you a brand new creature from the inside out. As you respond to the Holy Spirit – as the scriptures lead and instruct you in how to think, how to behave, how to love, and what attitude to carry in life, then over time God transforms you into a “new creature.” If you gave your life to Jesus today and walked closely with Him letting Him work in your heart – fifteen years from now people wouldn’t recognize you. You’d be a new person inside.

In Minnesota, the moment Spring comes, the roads come under construction. They rip them up and rebuild them. God's word has that effect upon our lives. It's a good thing – part of the transformation God wants to do in us. Scriptures speak to our heart and begin that renovation such as in Colossians 3:10 (NLT) "Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him."The great news is, you don't have to do this in your own will power or strength. The Holy Spirit supernaturally helps you change in God's strength! God will truly help you clean up your life and rebuild you into a “new creature.”

There are many marvels like the Northern Lights that are so beautiful and wonderful to behold. As beautiful as they are, I don't think anything compares to the life of someone who has been utterly transformed by the power of God and changed from a person who lived to serve themselves, into a person who has become Christ-like and lives to serve the Lord and those around them.  Are you ready for a makeover?  Ask Jesus to be your Savior. If you already have, then ask God to change you! Get ready for the ultimate makeover that only He can do in you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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