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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's Critical! Guard Your Relationships!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I don't know of more harmful weakness overall in the body of Christ than the unwillingness to work through relational conflict. I would’t be surprised if most of us have had a close friend take offense by something we have said or done, (or not done) at some point in life. The majority of all personal daily conflict is born out of miscommunication and misunderstanding. I thought you said...   I thought you meant... That's not what you said...   Yes it was! 

Life is very fast paced and the majority of people are not good listeners! If you are congratulations! But, you may want to verify that with your spouse or good friend. I think most women think their husbands are not great listeners but, that could easily go both ways. Any of us, at times, can be like that child who is laser-focused on something and is tuned out to his surroundings. Anyone can get distracted. There are a thousand reasons why people don't pay attention or listen as well as they should, but the bottom line is, those moments happen too frequently and they lead to hearing something wrong that leads to misunderstanding. When misunderstanding happens and people are arguing because they are needlessly on the wrong page, the walk away from each other, stew, and the relationship grows colder.

You know this happens too often and if you aren't thinking of one of those incidents right now, don't worry, one will most likely show up in your life soon.

When misunderstanding happens and it's not worked out, the temptation for offense that then leads to words of gossip in the name of justification begin to spill. Rather than reconciliation happening, the chasm between two people grows farther apart, bitterness begins to set in, and friendships are injured or even destroyed. That’s what Psalms 41:9 (NLT) implies, "Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me." 

Two people verbally duking it out, especially husbands and wives, will eventually say hurtful things and even trash part of their character and reputation. This is such a sad thing and especially when it's over a misunderstanding.  Things could be resolved between two Christians if they humbled themselves and took the high road to work it out—especially friends! A person that isn't loyal to a friendship doesn't know what friendship is and doesn't know how to be a true friend. Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” The roots of Christian love and loyalty of a good friendship should run deep, yet some Christians act petty and reckless, willing to discard a good friendship over a misunderstanding which then begs the question; Was that person ever a good friend to begin with?  

Every Christian's personal development and efforts toward maturity must have a foundation of forgiveness and overlooking offense. We forgive others when they don't deserve it because Jesus forgave us when we did not deserve it. We overlook offense when others do wrong because we desire the mercy of God to overlook our short comings daily!  If this is not the foundation of your maturity then you simply aren't mature. Ouch! Sorry about that!

As Christians maturing in our faith, we should work toward the purging of being easily offended as one of our top pursuits—working to remove it completely from our character. This is what the Apostle Paul exhorted us to do in Acts 24:16. “… I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.”  Paul understood how often petty offences could happen and how important it was to overlook them and cast them out of his life, never giving them a chance to foster.

We need to value our friendships and relationships enough to do our best to work through conflict. That happens best when you stop a conflict before it begins. You do that by pausing, calming yourself down, and instinctively thinking, this might be a misunderstanding. Take the time to be sure you are hearing what they said correctly.  Staying humble and willing to quickly apologize when there is a misunderstanding is learning to put a dagger in the majority of all conflicts you'll have. Including the ones you have on your own with someone in your imagination when you've actually not even engaged them!

And when you do get into a conflict, do your best to value the relationship enough to be the calming agent and desire to work through it with the goal of forgiveness and reconciliation. You may even want to do that when you feel in the right and the other person is being stubborn or reckless. If that happens, then at least you've done what's right, regardless of what they do. You can live with yourself much easier knowing you sincerely tried.

Yesterday, I received a call from someone who was upset with me. They misunderstood a situation and thought I made a poor decision. When I listened to what his complaint was, I could hear that he had wrong information. I let him say what he had to say and then I calmly explained that the information he had been given was wrong and began to give him the correct information. He continued to talk over me believing he was right. I didn't argue. I had tried to explain,
He wasn't listening. So I let him believe what he wanted and cordially finished the phone call. It appeared he wasn't listening and I couldn't change that.  When the phone call was over, I simply prayed asking the Lord to intervene. A short time later this person called me back to apologize as he learned he had the wrong information. Things worked out great. What I love about this person is the strength of character to call back and talk it out. I didn't let offense happen because I value the relationship to begin with. But I was glad he called to resolve it. It only strengthened the friendship.

The question for you today is, do you know the true value of a good relationship and have you done your best to guard it? Do you get fickle and trash someone ruining their reputation because you are in unresolved conflict? Do you realize how God feels about this? Today is the day to grow up in the Lord and guard relationships, not destroy them. As Proverbs 17:9 says, “He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

There is No Time Like “Manna Time!”

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Two of my granddaughters now live in Peru as my daughter and her husband are missionaries there. Before moving there, they used to live next door to Renee and I. Madeline and Macy were 7 and 6 years old. We saw them almost daily and they each loved taking turns sleeping over and have special time with Papa and Mimi.  As much as they loved it, we loved it more! Our special time consisted of shifting all our attention and focus on them. We took them to Culvers (a local hamburger and milkshake spot) because that's where they liked to eat. When we came home we did the things they loved to do which consisted of watching their favorite movies, wrestling, playing hide-in-seek, dancing around the house to their favorite Christian songs, and playing games. And we began each morning and ended each evening reading Bible stories and praying together.

When we had the granddaughters over, it was like getting to relive the greatest stage of our lives—raising  our own children. I always loved when my children were young. They were so innocent, happy, fun, and excited to learn about God. They would get up every morning while I was having quiet time with the Lord and come find me in the living room. They'd walk over to their pile of ARCH Bible story books, pick one out and bring it to me to read to them. They loved reading them over and over. Even though they were simple children's books, the Lord always managed to speak to me through them. I was astonished and thankful for that because it never left me feeling deprived of my own personal Bible reading.

I remember one morning Madeline and I reading about the Lord giving the Israelites manna in the desert. What a powerful story filled with lessons that are relevant today. When Moses was leading the people to the Promised Land, he had to take them through desert places. In those places, life was tough and it seemed to them as though they were always without provision. Consequently they often whined to Moses. Moses felt burdened and took it to God who would then instruct Moses how to receive provision for the people. He would feed them supernaturally with manna—a type of angel food that tasted good and would nourish them. Each morning the ground would be covered with this manna. They had to go out and collect just enough for the day.

God’s Word reveals that this lesson about trusting God for manna daily is relevant to our lives today. It reminds us that the world we live in is a desert, void of God and full of anxiety for those that won’t seek God. When people don’t seek God, they become anxious over many things that surface in their life every day. God ministered to them supernaturally providing manna—something they had to go out, pick up, and eat, every day! They weren't allowed to hoard up or save up the manna beyond that day. If they did it would turn to maggots. The only exception to that was on the sixth day where they were allowed to save enough for two days so they could rest on the Sabbath. Did they follow this? No, just like us they liked security and wanted more than enough. But, when they disobeyed God, the extra they had turned to maggots.

God gives us insight in how that applies to our life today. He wanted them to know that this dependency upon Him—every day, was about more than just about food. It was about learning to depend upon the promises of His Word daily. Deuteronomy 8:3 (NLT) "Yes, He (the Lord) humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." 

Jesus and the Word of God are one. We see that in  John 1:1 & 14 (NIV), “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” This is saying that Jesus and His Word are the same.

Jesus gave further insight pertaining to manna being His Word that we needed to eat daily saying, “Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread (God's Word) will live forever. (John 6:31 & 58 NIV) 

These scriptures are telling us that we are to no longer think in terms of eating manna from off the ground but we are to instead, feed on the bread of life—Jesus and His Word. Jesus and His Word are the same and His Word is the bread that when fed on, will cause us to be supernaturally nourished. God’s Word will give us direction, bring hope, build faith, and usher in supernatural help and peace. This is why when Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He taught them this. Luke 11:3 And Jesus said, "When you pray, pray like this, “Give us day by day our daily bread."  He wasn't talking about asking God for food to eat. He was teaching them to ask God to speak to their heart from His Word! This is the manna they were to eat daily! It was what would build their faith and trust in Him!

As Madeline and I read through that story, we were nourished by God. We learned that He brought water from a rock and angel food from Heaven to take care of His own. They never went without provision! God always provided for them!  When we lean on and trust in His promises and have faith that He will take care of our every need, then His word will bring us the peace that passes human understanding. All this from eating manna—God's Word and promises that are to speak daily to our heart as we eat His daily bread.  Manna is for everyone, at every age, every day! We love “manna time!”

Deuteronomy 8:3 (NLT) "...man does not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Just For Fun: Awesome Video - Puppy Goodnight

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I watch this video, I think about how the promises of God's word help bring us into such peace and calm so quickly!

Isaiah 12:1 (NLT) "In that day you will sing: “I will praise you, O Lord... Now you comfort me" 


This video is seriously amazing and sweet! You have got to watch it.



In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Change: God Wants to Help You accomplish it!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Stop! Get ready! This could be the day of a new beginning for you! Do you believe that's possible? Everything happens on some day. There was a day you were born. You had nothing to do with it. There was a day you started school. There may have been a day you got married or had your first child. There could be hundreds of events that have transpired in your life—all happening on a day. So, why not let today be the day that something new begins in your life?

Maybe you're tired with certain areas of behavior and attitude in your life and are desperate for change. Maybe you've been thinking about things you know you need to change—things the Lord has been dealing with you about but you never seem to get past the thinking about it.

We all know we could be in a better place IF, if we would just change some of the things we've thought about that we know should be changed. The question is, how do you do it? How do you get there?

First it begins by having faith in Jesus as your Savior and then understanding that His word—the Bible, is a letter from Him to you to be discovered. It is a covenant between Him and you as a believer. It is a declaration of His love and will for your life. And it is a book of promises—life-changing promises written to you. It is your source of hope and promise toward the life and blessings He has destined for you.

The Bible is filled with promises just like the one you see in Psalms 145:18.  "The LORD is near unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth (meaning sincerely.")  You might have believed that the Lord was a billion miles away, but the truth is revealed in this promise. The Lord is near to you today! If you call out to Him with expectation to reveal Himself to you somehow. He will through His Word and in other ways!

To make changes in your life and to get to or to get back to a place where you have been close to the Lord, will take a faith-filled decision and action on your part to get there. The faith-filled decision and action will be to pray and seek Him in faith. It will call for repentance if needed, and then receiving the forgiveness by faith that God promises if you need it. Then truly believe He will respond to you because He says He is near.

This simple step can be the beginning of meaningful changes in your life. It could become the beginning of changes in your day-to-day routine or disciplines (or lack of them.) It might be the beginning of spending time with Him in His word and in prayer. It may be the first step in replacing something good with something that steals your time and from your life. I may be the first step to a healthier lifestyle. I remember many years ago I would spend 30 minutes every daily reading a newspaper that only made me feel like I had wasted my time—yet I did it every day. I finally came to the day when I told the Lord I was sorry for wasting those 30 precious minutes every day. I made a change to spending more time in God's word and prayer. I was immediately edified and encouraged and loved that I was spending extra time praying for others. You may already know exactly what the Lord is dealing with you about it. It will take a a faith-filled decision and action on your part to get there!

You may have thought many times about making some particular change in your life but terrified that you just wouldn't be able to do it. After all, hadn't you tried to make changes many times before and failed? What will be different about this time? Trust me when I tell you that these kinds of thoughts are from the pit of Hell. You can do it! God has made His grace (His supernatural help) available to you. His grace is the empowering of your spirit by the Holy Spirit to supply you with what you need to take that step toward change. It may be inner strength. It may be a resource that suddenly shows up at your door. Whatever it is, let God know and stand in faith for it. Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) says, "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Romans 5:2 (KJV) says, "By whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." And Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 

Renee and I had been talking for over six months about the need to change and develop a consistent exercise routine. We wanted to get some strength-building equipment in our home. We have an elliptical machine but wanted to work on building muscle. We began to pray about it. We could have simply went out and bought something but we like to pray and have God lead us in our purchases whenever it's possible. A few months after we had been praying about this, I get a call from an old friend I hadn't talked to for years. He sells exercise equipment and offered to sell me something at half the cost because I had done a few things for him in the past! We consider that God’s help and blessing!

As you begin to take a bold new step in faith toward changes you know God wants you to make, let your steps become empowered by God's grace. In the story of Joshua taking the people of God into the Promised Land, they came to the Jordan River. God told them to take a step into the river. As soon as they took that first step and touched the water, it parted and let them walk through. Joshua 3:14-16 "When the people set out to cross the Jordan, the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. Now it was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river's edge, the water began backing up and piling up at a town upstream… Then all the people crossed over near the city of Jericho."

Today can be the day for you! You can take that first step in faith and watch God work in your life—the beginning of your new and better place in the Lord as His grace and power continue the good word He has started in you!

Philippians 1:6 (NLT) "I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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