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Monday, June 30, 2014

A Special Hero of America

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by Pastor Tim Burt


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How a Jewish man Saved America and the Fourth of July by Dr. Richard Booker


In 1975 the United States Postal Department issued a stamp honoring a man named Haym Salomon for his contribution to the cause of the American Revolution. This stamp was uniquely printed on the front and the back. On the glue side of the stamp, the following words were printed in pale, green ink.

“Financial Hero - Businessman and broker Haym Salomon was responsible for raising most of the money needed to finance the American Revolution and later to save the new nation from collapse.” I personally have one of these stamps. Historians who have studied the story of Haym Salomon all agree that without his “contribution to the cause” there would be no America today.

Haym Salomon bought and sold financial papers to raise money for Robert Morris who was the Superintendent of Finance for the Continental Congress. He believed that America would be a safe haven for the Jews. But this son of a rabbi, also believed that one day in the future, Jerusalem would rise from the dust, the Jews would return to their ancient homeland, and Israel and Jerusalem would once again be the home of the wandering Jew. Salomon determined to do all that he could to finance the Revolution so that America could survive until that future time when his people would once again fill the streets of Jerusalem.

From one crisis to the next, Robert Morris went to Haym Salomon for help, and Salomon always responded. Haym Salomon gave his entire personal fortune of over $800,000 to the cause of the Revolution. This debt was never repaid. He died sick and penniless at the age of 45, January 6, 1785, leaving behind a young widow, Rachel, and four children all under the age of seven.

Rachel tried for months after Haym’s death to collect on personal loans that he had made to Robert Morris, to the Congress and others. She was requested to turn all her securities and certificates over to the State Treasurer of Pennsylvania for evaluation. After several months she made further inquiries and was informed that all of the papers relating to her inheritance had been lost.

Haym Salomon was buried in Mikveh Israel Cemetery in Philadelphia in a grave which is now unmarked. Since we don’t know which his grave is, we cannot even pay our respects at his graveside nor erect a marker.

But the story of Haym Salomon doesn’t end with an unmarked grave. There is a plaque on a brick wall bordering the cemetery that was placed by Haym’s great-grandson, William Salomon in 1917. It says, “To the Memory of Haym Salomon … interred in this Cemetery the location of the grave being now unknown ….”

Was it just a coincidence that the year this plaque was erected was the same year of the Balfour Declaration issued by the British which begins, “His majesty’s Government views with favor the establishing in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”?

Was it just a coincidence that in 1975 when the U.S. Postal Department issued the stamp honoring Haym Salomon, that same year the Israeli government issued a stamp honoring Harry Truman, the American president who was the first head of state to recognize Israel?

As Haym Salomon believed, America has been that safe haven for the Jewish people and Israel has been reborn. As we celebrate America, may we remember the great debt we owe to Haym Salomon. While we may not be able to repay him personally, we can honor him by standing firm in our support and prayers for a strong and secure Israel and a united Jerusalem under the rule of Haym’s Salomon’s spiritual descendants, the Jewish people. Happy Fourth of July!

Dr. Richard Booker is President of Sounds of the Trumpet, Inc., and the Founder/Director of the Institute for Hebraic-Christian Studies in Woodlands, TX. He may be contacted at, shofarprb@aol.com

John 15:13 (NIV) “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

God’s Good Plans For You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


For the first 23 years of my life, my knowledge of God consisted of what people—many people from many backgrounds—told me about Him. It resulted in a very confused perspective on my part of who God was. And everything I believed about Him was really just made up from the minds and imaginations of men. Until one day, I met this woman who shared Jesus with me, helped me pray and receive Him as my Savior, and then encouraged me to start reading the Bible. She promised me that the Holy Spirit who now lived in me would begin to help me understand the Bible. It was mind-boggling to come to understand that God reveals Himself to us. It was from that place that my questions of God were answered one by one.

Do you have questions about Him? Do you know and believe that God positively wants good for you? Because if He does and He is God, then that would affect your view of Him, your love for Him and your expectation or faith in Him. Faith is expectation—what you believe or expect something is or will be.

God has made promises to those who become His and they are expressed throughout the Bible. If you ask the Holy Spirit to reveal them to you as you read, you will see them often. As you do you need to remember that the promises of God become ours through our faith in Him and that He will manifest them in our lives as we have faith in what He promises us. That is why Hebrews 11:6 says to us, “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.” Hebrews 11:1 gives us a review of what faith is supposed to accomplish saying, “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.” 

Noah was mocked for over 100 years while building an Ark in obedience to God. God had told, warned, and promised Noah that there was going to be a rain that would destroy the world. He then gave Noah instruction on how to save his and his family’s life. He was allowed to tell others but no one else believed. Believing what God says is what faith is all about. You have the choice to believe or not believe. Noah believed what the Lord promised despite the fact that it had never rained in the earth yet. That's faith! People thought He was crazy but Noah knew and believed God’s promise. Consequently, because of his faith, he and his family alone were saved.

Moses believed what God promised again and again. He was used to lead and save the lives of all the Israelites who had faith and followed him out of Egypt. In their flight from Egypt, they came to the edge of the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army pursuing them close behind. Moses’ faith in obeying God led to the Red Sea splitting and saving them all. Faith brings the impossible promises of God into our lives. Faith matters, brings the presence of God, and changes everything.

Jesus told Peter to go fishing to get tax money from the fish of a month. Only weird faith people put themselves in this position because THEY DO believe God. He fished and got the money!

Noah saw the rain come. Moses saw the Red Sea part. Peter got the money from the mouth of a fish.

As each of us read through the Bible, we read with different challenges and obstacles at work in our lives. We have a diversity of needs and requests for help from God. Therefore God is going to speak His promise to your heart that builds your faith and expectation. As you grow in your faith, you will learn that His promises become more real than any circumstance you face and you learn to stand strong in faith in His promise to you in the face of circumstances. It is important to know that God wants good for you. He wants you to believe that He will make a way to help you no matter what your situation is. We are not talking about God being a genie. We are talking about a loving God who knows the beginning and the end—who answers every prayer in it's time to those who walk in faith! If you see the promise, you have the opportunity to learn to walk by faith. You have the chance to walk on water like Peter did. Some will mock you. Fear will attack you. But God’s promise will sustain you and see you through. God wants good for you!

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wisdom You Need Downloaded to You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I recently observed a person at his place of work on the day before he started his vacation. He was scrambling somewhat to make sure he had everything done that needed to be done for the next ten days. He then spoke with a number of people making sure he had downloaded all the information they would need to know in case anything came up while he was gone. As he finished this process, I could see the relief on his face that he was ready to leave. Downloading was complete!

I want to write this today to anyone who considers them self younger than being old. I want to talk to you about something going on in the inside of your parents or elders around you that you respect and perceive as bearing good fruit in their life. Something that comes with aging is the desire to download what you know before you leave this earth. For anyone who is older, and if they have acquired knowledge and wisdom, and if they love people, then they also desire to download the knowledge and wisdom they have to those around them—especially their family and those they love. This is a fact that you very likely don't know or realize!

Younger people sometimes think of their parents as interfering—and sometimes they are! But more than not, parents haven't learned how to transition from the parent/child relationship to the parent/friend relationship with their child. Parents have no right to meddle in their adult children's lives. They can speak into their adult children's lives if they've built the kind of friendship with their children that makes their children want to keep listening to their parents. But this kind of relationship is built by letting go and letting your children figure out their life. Where parents rightfully had control over their children as they were growing up, they lost that control as they become adults. It then becomes their world to figure out. Whether a parent has any say in their adult children's lives or not depends on how respectful they are to their children when that door is open. Parents that do not tread respectfully will have very little influence upon their adult children.

To those of you reading that are younger, I would say this: You want wisdom! Proverbs 4:7 (NIV) says, "Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." Wisdom is all around you. Measure the lives and fruit of the elders around you beginning with your parents and those God has placed in your life. If they have great fruit, then you can know that there are things you can learn from them. And you can know that the older they get, the more they desire to impart their knowledge and wisdom to you. Remember that experience is a great part of wisdom and their years past have provided that for them.

I've heard some say, If I talk with older people they begin to reminisce and never stop talking. That may be partially true. The way to conquer that is to know what questions and wisdom you desire to ask and be specific in your questions. You would be amazed at the wealth of wisdom there is around you from those you see fruit in. And they desire to share it with you! They want to download it to you before they leave this earth! You don't want them to talk forever and they may or may not want you to capitalize their time. You can go with a plan and adapt as you go.

People are always looking for answers. What they don't know is that they are surrounded by people with answers. When we cry out to God for answers He does provide them. Sometimes and most often He will speak to you through His Word. That is why Bible reading is so critical to a Christians life. Sometimes He will speak through His Word but that might come through the mouth of a Pastor or spiritual leader. Sometimes it will come when you are praying—God will speak to you through the still small voice of the Holy Spirit within you. You have to be listening and paying attention. Other times God will speak to you through people in your life. Because you are searching for knowledge and wisdom and praying to the Lord about it, He will put the right people in your path. And when He does speak to you through one of these ways, are you going to listen? Are you going to take it in? That was the biggest problem God had to deal with regarding His people. This is why Jesus said repeatedly, Luke 8:8 (NLT) “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Hearing and learning from what you hear is a choice. You have to choose to open your heart and listen to those that bear good fruit and then apply it in your own. Hearing God's wisdom is to protect you from what you should avoid and to help you learn those things that will help usher blessing to your life. Proverbs 20:12 (NLT) says, "Ears to hear and eyes to seeboth are gifts from the Lord." God wants you to see life through His eyes and hear His ways!

So, my point today is, that the knowledge and wisdom you need is more readily available that you know. Although the Internet provides more information that anyone could have ever thought possible, the knowledge and wisdom—the stories and feelings that come from experience are within this older generation around you. Their desire to download it is greater than you might imagine. There are those around you that you can trust that will be used of God to give you direction and guidance you need. It begins by seeking God and praying, and then observing and honoring those who bear fruit around youincluding your parents!  They have things that are valuable that they desire to download to you!

Proverbs 16:16 (NLT) "How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!" 




In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Monday, June 23, 2014

Driven by God's Love

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by Pastor Tim Burt


This past week, we were privileged to have the greatest living Evangelist - Reinhard Bonnke at our church for five days. In my 31 years of ministry, never have I been more moved and stirred by the Spirit of God. He has preached to crowds of over 3 million people and had over 75 million recorded salvation throughout his ministry. He has now been called to preach to America and turn America's heart to the Lord.

We have a sanctuary that seats almost 3,000 people and our altar was flooded each service with people that either gave their life to the Lord or recommitted their life to the Lord. If someone did not know Jesus when they came in the door, they certainly did know Him when they left.

There is something so very special about those that live their life so utterly dedicated to the saving of souls. They, maybe better than anyone else, see how much God loves every human being. They see how everyone's lives have been touched and tainted by sin and hurtful circumstances. They don't see the sinner or unbeliever as someone to be disgusted with or having a disdain for.  They think in their hearts Except for the grace of God, that would be me. They think about how their own life lacked direction, purpose, and significance. They think about how God lifted them from the power of darkness, confusion, and wandering aimlessly through life and lifted them into His love, forgiveness, and a purpose-filled, blessed life. They want that for others. They are driven by it. And they inspire other Christians, reminding us of the gift and good news of Jesus that God has allowed and commissioned us to share with others.

To think that we can be used to introduce others to the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ and then watch their life become new in Him is the greatest miracle of all. I was one of those people in 1977. That sounds like a long time ago but to me it was like yesterday. That person that shared Jesus with me—Sharon—sharing Jesus with me changed my entire life. In more ways than you could believe.

I am posting you a link to watch to see who Reinhard Bonnke is. You have to watch it. Please, I beg you to!  It is the most amazing video you will have ever seen. No where in history will you ever see more people assembled to come and hear the gospel. When you see this sea of people it might make you cry. Your tears will be from the glory of God manifesting before your very eyes and touching your heart.

I am also giving you the link to these services where you can watch them. When you go there, click on "GUESTS" and you will see the videos there. Nothing matches being physically at these services where you also experience the presence of God. To be there is another experience entirely. But you will be moved by his messages and I pray that you will watch them and be stirred in your hearts from them. You will be hearing and seeing more of Reinhard Bonnke. His presence in America will not go unnoticed. I thank God for this man's ministry and for stirring me even more about reaching people with the love of Jesus. I have been writing Fresh Manna for this past 14 years driven by that very thing. And my fire for reaching others is brighter today than when I started. You are a light and I pray that you will allow God to stir you so that you also will be a vessel to touch others with the love of Jesus! God bless you!

2 Corinthians 5:19-20 (NIV) "God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God."

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In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Special Story: Keep Your Fork...

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Keep Your Fork... Author Unknown

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things in order, she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

"There's one more thing," she said excitedly.

"What's that?" came the pastor's reply.
"This is very important," the young woman continued. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand." The pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

"That surprises you, doesn't it?" the young woman asked.

"Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request,"said the pastor.

The young woman explained. "My grandmother once told me this story. Ever since that day, I always try to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement.

She told me that... In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, "Keep your fork.” It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming... like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance! So, she said, "I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder, "What's with the fork?" Then I want you to tell them, "Keep your fork ... the best is yet to come."

The pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman goodbye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the pastor heard the question "What's with the fork?" And over and over he smiled. During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.

So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you ever so gently, that "The best is yet to come."

1 Cor 2:9 "But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, June 09, 2014

An Amazing Source of Blessing!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Many years ago, Renee and I were invited to participate in an anniversary celebration by the daughter of great friends whom we love dearly. It was happening in an expensive restaurant and were responsible for covering our own costs. The problem was, at that time, we had four small children and no discretionary income. We simply could not afford to go. But we felt we had to, to honor these people.These were wonderful friends. We asked God to help us. We ordered the cheapest things on the menu and water to drink. Even then, it was more than we could afford. We were torn between wanting to be there for our friends and the financially tight spot we were in.

At that time, I had started a company pioneering a product the world had never seen before. It was taxing on our lives and taking every penny we had and then some to get it done. We really needed an investor to help us to the next level. That night at dinner—the one we could not afford—we sat with a lovely couple who in the middle of a conversation, seemed to randomly tell us about her brother who was looking to invest significant money into something with significant potential. At that moment, we knew that was a word from God. Just a short time later we met him and he became a partner in my company. Just months later, our product was massed produced and the world was introduced to the first commercial infant changing table you now see in public bathrooms around the world. Parents now change babies daily on our fold-down tables in public restrooms everywhere. Who would have known God would work in our lives through a dinner we could not afford.

Did you know that the primary way God brings blessing into your life is through people? We knew that. Renee and I had seen it over and over again. And we saw it that night!  It's the truth. God uses people as messengers of blessing. That means, if you want to receive the blessings that God has for you, you better enjoy people. If you don't, you will isolate yourself or chase off those that God may be bringing to you to bless you. Oh, and by the way, He’ll use people you would have never expected to bless you—probably even more than the ones that you did expect. God even occasionally sends angels that look like people to bring blessing to you. Hebrews 13:2 says, "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."

How do people bring blessing? They may bring flowers, a gift, a meal or a helping hand. They may lend or give you resources that you were in need of. They may bring words of encouragement or edification. They may bring godly advice or counsel or even a supernatural word of wisdom that comes from the heart of God through their mouth—maybe providing just the answer or direction you were looking for. They may bring love and comfort when you are hurting or great joy and laughter when you really need a fun distraction. As I look back at every juncture of blessing in my life, God has used people to bring what I needed.

Most people today are moving at such a fast pace! Meaningful relationships take a back seat to busy agendas. I have a suggestion to help you get refreshed in loving people. Take time out to have "people moments." Come to work 15 minutes early with the sole purpose of having time to bump into someone and catching up on life together. Make little pockets of time to stop and talk with people just to be interested in and to listen to what is going on in their life. You would be surprised how awesome it can be and how refreshed you can become in loving people. When you slow things down just a bit with the purpose of spending non-agenda time talking with and caring for people, it will be easier to walk out John 15:12 "This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you." It makes it so much easier to love people when you actually have time to love them! Profound huh?

And somewhere along those encounters, you will see the hand of God bring blessing into your life—through people. Why not let your life be rich with godly relationships and see for yourself?

John 6:9 (NKJV) "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Saturday, June 07, 2014

This is Funny! "We Are in Trouble"

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by Pastor Tim Burt
How about a little bit of humor this weekend. After all, Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) says, "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."
Someone sent this to me and made me laugh! I am hoping it will make you laugh also! Laughter is good! oh oh
"WE ARE IN TROUBLE" 
If you didn't know before, you do now... We are in trouble!
The Population of this country is 310 million. 160 Million are retired. That leaves 140 million to do the Work.
There are 85 million in school. Which leaves 55 million to do the work.
Of this there are 35 million employed by the federal Government.
Leaving 20 million to do the work.
2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied With killing TERRORISTS. Which leaves 17.2 Million to do the work.
Take from that total the 15.8 Million people who work for state and city Governments. And that Leaves 1.4 million to do the work.
At any given Time there are 188,000 people in hospitals. Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.
Now, there are 1,211,998 people In prisons.
That leaves just two people to do the Work. You and me.
And there You are sitting on your butt at your computer, reading jokes.
Nice. Real nice.
Smile and have a blessed weekend!
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Why You Don't Have to Fear Change

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Albert Einstein said The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  George Bernard Shaw said, If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.”

Both of these quotes reflect that instead of people changing, they make the same mistakes over and over but expect different results. There could be a litany of reasons why. Maybe they look back to an earlier time when what they were doing was as success and they keep hoping that it will work again if they hang in there. Maybe they don’t know what to do so they keep doing the same thing with some artificial hope that the results will change. We live in an age that has seen technology change everything. Those that did not flow with and adapt it into their business, have lost the business they once had.

When two people are having relational problems and keep repeating the same mistakes over and over hoping miraculously for different results, they will ultimately be disappointed.

When change is brought upon you through outside circumstances such as changes in laws, policies, or forces that are greater than you can control and yet you resist that inevitable change because you are upset with it rather than learn to deal with it, you’ll be disappointed.

Change and the pain and fear over change that you cannot control and that you do not know where it’s leading can cause sleepless nights and attacks of anxiety. Yet the two quotes above reveal a truth. Change is often necessary and being demanded. We can’t keep doing the same thing. You aren't still driving a Model T and the speed limits have accordingly increased.

Most anxieties we face are so very troubling because we don’t know what to do. That is the biggest change we need to make—acknowledging we don’t know what to do. We seldom absolutely know what to do. We only think we do. We need to make the change of returning to our knees and make that the one thing we never change. We need to quit trying to control every single aspect of our life, and understand God's plan usurps ours!Proverbs 19:21 (NLT) says, "You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail." 

Go ahead and think through things and make plans because that is part of life. But before you do any of that, return to your knees in sincerity and pray it through with the Lord as instructed in Philip. 4:6-7. “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.”

Quit fighting yourself. Quit fighting circumstances you cannot control. Quit panicking and losing sleep over changes that are inevitable and that make you afraid because you don't know where they will take you. Change is a part of life. God gives you permission to pray about EVERYTHING so that you can leave your fears and cares and His feet knowing that He cares about the details of your life. He loves you. He wants His best for you. He knows how to get you there. He is more capable of leading you than you leading yourself. When you can learn to trust Him because you draw Him into the details of your life, you will see God more intimately involved than you've ever seen before.

Life is a faith walk of trusting God and changes along the way! Don't be freaked out. Pray, trust God, and have faith that you'll look back in the future seeing just how wonderful God has led you through change and the unknown! Expect the best because it's what God wants for you and faith in Him is what leads you there!

Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) "We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A Critical Sign of the Last Days

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by Pastor Tim Burt


If you have ever gone to any professional sporting events, they are fun and exciting but not easy to get into or cheap. Finding parking can be a challenge and represent a significant walk and expense—maybe twenty dollars or more just to park. The game tickets can cost fifty to hundreds of dollars. You may be paying six to eight bucks for a hot dog. To do something like this as a family event may cost you hundreds of dollars. I am not saying any of this is bad. To the contrary, these events can be a lot of fun. I've watched the Vikings play and heard the roar of the cheering and excited crowds. That’s why these stadiums are packed out despite the cost and energy it takes to participate in them. Even during the recent years of recession, the stadiums were packed at prices that I never would have believed could be sustained.

Every day that passes we approach the second coming of Jesus Christ. We are now in what many if not most Christian leaders call, The Last Days. How long are the last days? That’s hard to speculate. The Bible teaches that God is patient for mankind to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Yes, He is patient, but there will come a day when that time of patience ends just as it did when the door of Noah's Ark was closed. The Bible has a lot to say about those days. In 2 Timothy 3:1 (NLT) it says: “You should also know this…that in the last days there will be very difficult times.” The Greek Word difficult means perilous—many devastating events occurring in the earth. But it means even more. It means that what is going on—the evil and lack of living for God will reduce the strength of people to resist evil. It means that the increase of the evil of the day will diminish not only unbelievers but believers strength to withstand the temptations that lead them to violate God's word and instruction for living. It then describes what many will become like in these last days—descriptions that are horrifying. One of those description says, “People will be… lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.”

I am not equating anything regarding these sporting events as bad. What I am asking is this: Is there the same excitement to know the God of creation and the Savior of mankind? People make excuses for why they can’t come to church yet they go to extraordinary efforts and expense to make time for the things that represent pleasure in their life. That is a sign of diminishing strength. They say they don’t have money—except maybe token gifts of change to give to God or good works—and yet they’ll spend enormous amounts of money on their pleasures. That is a sign of diminishing strength. Jesus predicted that. He said, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” People put their time, effort, and money into what they value. They don’t have time to pray or read their Bible or engage in something that lifts their heart toward God in the morning, but they will expend time and money to pick up a newspaper, watch a morning talk show, connect to the Internet and social media, and make a quick stop at Starbucks.

I say none of this to condemn. None of these things are inherently bad or evil. The Bible says that “God richly gives us all things to enjoy.” But even though He doesn't mind if we have things and enjoy them, He doesn't want things to have us—to dominate our thinking and pleasures only to diminish and supplant our craving and love for Him and His plans.

Can we return to our knees? Can we honestly open our heart to God? Can we ask Him to strengthen us to live for Him and have evidence of it in our life? Things are okay when and only when our focus is God and His plan for us is the center of our life. If we return to our knees with sincerity, openness, and repentance if necessary, then He can refresh our love and impart His strength and a renewed focus to live for Him.

Matthew 6:33 (NIV) “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
 


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