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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Regarding the War between Israel and Gaza

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Note from Pastor Tim:
With all that is happening in Israel, I wanted to share with you regarding the current crisis that is happening there in the war with Hamas. I was about to sit down and write when I received this correspondence from my brilliant and good friend Raanan Levy, the former adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. It is slightly longer than normal but will give bring you clear thinking and truth regarding the conflict that is happening between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. It will follow a video that is called: "Who is Responsible for the Suffering in Gaza?" It is a critically important video to help you understand the current situation, to help see the urgency for prayer, and to help you share the truth with others. Watch the video and then please read the article "Gaza, What's Next"  from my friend Raanan Levi. God bless you! Pastor Tim 


“Who is Responsible for the Suffering in Gaza?”





Gaza, What's Next?

In 2005 Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip, after a 38 year long military occupation, and Military administrative rule over several thousand Israeli families who lived there for decades.When PM Ariel Sharon came to explain to his staff his reasoning for his shocking announcement of his plan to pull out of Gaza, (spring of 2002), he gave 3 reasons for it:

* An immediate relief to the heavy burden on the IDF, defending 9,000 Jewish civilians.

* Obtaining a solid and broad International support from the USA and EU, once we leave Gaza and end the "occupation".

* Rolling the pressure on the "Palestinian Authority", to reciprocate to a historic Israeli gesture, and compromising on their 50 year long outrageous demands. The PA, said Sharon, will have to accept the "two state solution", and bow to the International pressure that they will be exposed to.
While I still have tremendous respect to Ariel Sharon and his monumental 60 year long career serving our nation, there is no doubt that this move turned to be the most echoing fiasco of his career.
Today, 9 years after the disengagement, we can see the total failure of each and every parameter of his goals:
* The IDF, in the past 9 years, invests humongous resources in defending Israel from the largest nest of terror in the world. Not only the passive defense became the most condensed military zone anywhere on the globe, but Israel had to engage over 3 times in intense "mini-wars", to put a cap on Hamas military threats on Millions of Israelis.
* The International community did not move one bit towards Israel, on the Palestinian issue. No country of relevance, has ever put any pressure on the Palestinian Authority, to change their demands towards Israel, or to stop the venomous incitement against Israel, amongst Palestinian youth, children, and mainstream Palestinian Media.

* Although 90% of Palestinians live under Hamas or PA rule, ( 45% under PA in Judea and Samaria, since 1993 Oslo    agreements,  and another 45% under Islamist and murderous Hamas rule in Gaza), Israel is still blamed to be, or perceived as being, an "occupier" in its' own land. 
The present day offensive in Gaza, was imposed on us deliberately by Hamas. They chose the timing and they chose the intensity. Israel waited 10 very long days, with over 4-5 Million Israelis running to bomb shelters 5-20 times a day, until it started responding by a massive aerial attack. Then, even that did not deter the Hamas, which forced us to enter with ground forces, for the past 12 days already.
The "diplomatic clock" started ticking seriously, only 5-6 days ago. The USA's response to the events, literally prolonged this whole thing. Instead of the USA strengthening Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, (and ... Israel...), the US decided to embrace America’s strongest haters, giving undeserved clout to Erdogan and Qatar. "Go figure", as they say. Kerry’s' people say in the past 24 hours, that Kerry did not make any proposals, "he only shared ideas".  Wow, huge difference. Instead of providing insulting explanations, Kerry should have told Hamas that they are in no position at all to ask for anything in return for a ceasefire.
The inevitable conclusions of all those events, and the "to do" list on Netanyahu’s' desk, should be obvious. The operation in Gaza should continue, full force, for another 15-20 days at least. The IDF must have ample time to achieve 3 key objectives at this point:
* Destroy all tunnels of all kinds that we know of.
* Confiscate and demolish all Hamas infrastructure we have access to, in the 13-18 day range. Rockets, rifles, explosive storages, bunkers, communication channels and equipment, and metal workshops that manufacture mortars and rockets.
* Catch or eliminate, a meaningful number of Hamas field commanders and leaders. 
Once those goals are reached, and they will can all be reached in 13-18 days without a doubt, Israel should leave the Gaza, unilaterally, and without any ceasefire agreement. We need to leave them a note on the fridge, "We had a great time, call us when you want us to come back". Any effort to reach an agreement now, will be a terrible mistake. A ceasefire, will never be honored by Hamas, it will only be used for re-arming and reloading. It will also turn Israel and USA haters, to benefit from an imaginary "brokerage" of a diplomatic hoax no one believes in. Who needs it? We can leave without a ceasefire "agreement", it will look exactly the same, only with benefits to Israel, and nothing for Hamas.
And last but not least. Once this is over, Israel should send a senior defense official to have a personal cup of coffee in Qatar, with the Emir of Qatar,  His Trillionnaireness, Mr. Al Thani. We should tell him in person, that if Qatar will continue to fuel the rockets from Gaza, life in Doha, will be very different. If they think they can put Tel-Aviv in bomb shelters with their money, we can make it clear to them, that they are very wrong. Without going into details, Israel can send this message clearly, and it will not go unnoticed. It will also never be challenged or doubted. It's as easy as that. The Emir of Qatar will not want to see one of his cousin's Rolls Royces suddenly blow up in his la-la land country, and have his rule over that insanely wealthy principality,  start shaking by unclaimed "events" in Doha’s' finest restaurants and shopping malls.
A comprehensive offensive Israeli attitude for only the next 3-4 weeks, can make a huge difference on the timing of the "next round". We can not decide when it will be, we can only make clear what the ramifications are.
Raanan (Rani) Levy, Israel
(Former Adviser to Prime Minister Sharon)
Publish freely with credit to Author.


For additional reading & videos on exactly how Hamas is hurting the Palestinian people in Gaza, click here: http://www.idfblog.com/

Isaiah 62:1 (NLT) "Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Less Conflict and More Peace!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Although many people get in conflictmuch more than they want, few people love it. The truth is that if anyone loves conflict, they've got a problem. Peace, harmony, and unity through the promotion of love, kindness, and preferring one another should be the desire of anyone’s heart. Pause and think for a moment. Is it yours? Is working toward peace, harmony, and unity through the promotion of love, kindness, and preferring one another a rudder in your life? This is something we are exhorted to learn to live by through the instruction of God’s Word. Peace, harmony, and unity are something more than just a nice thing to pursue. It should become a desire and core value shaped within you by the Holy Spirit as He teaches you how to live Christ-like.

Today I want to present to you a simple truth that will lead to more peace in your life. If you would first incorporate it within the belief system of your heart, and then begin to practice it in your life, you would see more peace in your daily dealings. The reason being is that it is a principle of God motivated by love and a desire for peace.

In 1 Kings we read that King Solomon had just died. During his reign his kingdom had experienced 40 years of peace which may have been the longest and most peaceful reign of any king ever. His son Rehoboam had begun to take over. He wanted advice about making a change in how the kingdom was run. The people wanted to know what kind of a king he was going to be. They were a tired people. King Solomon had taxed the people hard and worked them hard. Rehoboam went to his young advisersmen that he had grown up with who had little to no experience but were promoted like he was to this new position. He also went to his older adviserswise men that had served for a great many years under his father.

We read in 1 Kings 12:9-11. “What is your advice?" he asked them. "How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?" The young men replied, "This is what you should tell those complainers: 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist—if you think he was hard on you, just wait and see what I'll be like! Yes, my father was harsh on you, but I'll be even harsher! My father used whips on you, but I'll use scorpions!'" This was cruel and uncompassionate advice from novices that were cocky and egotistical gloating in their new power.

The older advisers gave Rehoboam contrary advice. “The older counselors replied, "If you are willing to serve the people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects." 1 Kings 12:7 This is not the advice that Rehoboam took but it is the advice that would have won over the people and the kingdom. He refused it and instead listened to his young advisers taking the advice that doomed his kingdom and reign.

Proverbs 15:1 tells us, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” It’s more than just the gentle answer that has true results. It’s the gentle answer that comes not as a manipulative tactic, but from a sincere and caring heart that desires unity and peace.

Some people foolishly seem to love conflict and get joy out of flexing their muscles and ego while stoking the fires that provoke anger.

This should not be the case of a Christian. If you are a lover of God, then you have the Holy Spirit instructing you to be a person that truly wants to serve and help people. When conflict arises, pause and let the Spirit of God arise within you. Instead of defensively sparring back, pause, ask for God's grace in a momentary prayer, and give a reasonable and gentle answer. Answer as one that takes into consideration what the other person is trying to get across. If you will be considerate of their position and make concessions and work with them wherever you can, then you will not only turn away wrath, you will have people that respect you, are more loyal and willing to work with you, and you'll experience much greater peace and harmony in your life.

Avoiding conflict never resolves anything. Some points of conflict are too great to deal with at the moment. Bathing situations in prayer can turn situations where they can eventually be worked through. Prayer is a key part of conflict resolution in God's World. But avoiding conflict because you are afraid will seldom produce faith-filled prayer that results in resolution. Avoidance from fear will only delay and sometimes allow a situation to grow worse.

When your heart has been transformed by God to sincerely want things to work out with people, and you have a heart to serve people and make adjustments where necessary, then you can kindly but boldly approach difficult situations and conflict and work through them. You can because your heart is not stubborn, you are not selfish just to get your way, but rather, your heart desires to work toward the best resolve possible. When you've learned this, you have begun to become a master communicator! Not everyone you work with will be compromising or agreeable. Sometimes conflict resolution goes horribly. But if you've followed God direction and made the effort to work kindly with others, then you can know you've done your part!

A heart to serve and a favorable answer is a heart that sincerely and respectfully takes in the interests and concerns of others. It’s the heart endeavoring for agreement and harmony where possible.

1 Kings 12:7 "If you are willing to serve the people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

You Are Vitally Important to Someone!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


At the age of 24, I was seeking to know God. I grew up with questions about God I could never answer. I wanted to know in my heart that God existed and if so, what did He want or expect from me. At that time, I felt like I had read numerous books and perspectives on God and religion. All that did was confuse me and make me wonder if it was possible to know anything about God for sure. Then one day, God arranged for me to bump into an amazingly kind person named Sharon that had answers to my questions. She filled in all the blanks I had about Jesus and helped me understand what He did for me – that He took the punishment I deserved for my sins upon Himself and offered to exchange them for forgiveness and eternal life with Him – this as a gift that I had to personally receive. She helped me pray a sincere prayer to God asking Jesus to be my Lord and Savior.

That day, my life changed forever. I started reading the Bible and it began to come alive to me. I started attending a Bible teaching church and discovered many “Sharons.” In a short time, I could see God leading me in the path of life that I knew was good and right.

The reason Jesus was able to reveal Himself to me was because I was seeking Him. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” But it was also because of Sharon, a person who was able and willing to share the knowledge and love of Jesus with me. I will never ever be able to repay her for her willingness to take the time with me that day. It was the greatest gift ever given to me and the greatest day of my life.

In my early morning quiet-time I was reflecting on how important it is to be a light. Each of us have people seeking God in our midst whether we know it or not. People are watching us. Are they seeing Jesus in us? There is a good chance we won't know the majority of those people who are watching us but regardless, God is using our witness as a tool to help reveal Himself to them. God has asked us to be a light to the world. A light can be seen. We must be different enough in our love, kindness, and lifestyle that others could suspect a difference and would see our light. And when that moment comes, we need to be ready to plant a seed, water a seed that’s already been planted, or harvest someone who is ready to receive Jesus.

Deuteronomy 28:9 says, “The LORD will establish you as His holy people, as He promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.” This verse says God will establish us as “His holy people.” That doesn't mean He wants us to look religious. We know how Jesus felt about that. It doesn't mean a perfect person because there aren't any. None of us feel qualified as “Holy.” Our righteousness and holiness is a gift from God to us. But, God does want us to reflect His image the best we can. Are we distinguishable from the world? Do we restrain ourselves from carnal, fleshly, and immoral behaviors? Can people see the fruit of Jesus and the joy of the Lord in our life? That is what drew me to Sharon. She was so beautiful on the inside! She was a light! That is what drew me to her and helped me find the truth! It is important to be that light. It’s my ongoing prayer every day! He does want to establish us as “His holy people” so we can help them learn of the most precious gift ever – the gift of Jesus!

1 Peter 3:15 “In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Benjamin Franklin: Unless the Lord Builds the House

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Psalm 127:1 (NIV) "Unless the Lord builds the house,its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain."

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that "except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.


I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.

(Source: Benjamin Franklin, The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Jared Sparks, editor (Boston: Tappan, Whittemore and Mason, 1840), Vol. X, p. 297, April 17, 1787.)

Psalms 33:12 (NKJV) "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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