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Friday, November 28, 2014

Loving What God Loves is a Life Changer

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by Pastor Tim Burt


In our society we use the word “love” when speaking of things we really enjoy. Another word that could be used and would be more appropriate by definition would be “delight.” “Delight” is defined as a high degree of or great pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture (meaning ‘getting caught up in.’) That would surely describe daily conversations regarding things people are excited about.

In the book of Isaiah, we read the prophet Isaiah prophesying about the coming of Jesus and just how God’s Spirit would rest upon Him as He lived in the earth as a man. It reads: “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him--the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord-- and he will delight in the fear of the Lord…” (Isaiah 11:1-3)

These verses reveal some powerful truths about Jesus but one in particular I’d like to focus on today. Jesus was one that “delighted in the fear of the Lord.” That means He took great pleasure and enjoyment in “the fear of the Lord.” It means He exceedingly reverenced His Father God. Having great delight in reverencing God is not one of the “delights” that most people talk about in water cooler or lunch time conversations.

Have you ever had the thought that our society has been turned upside down and inside out? Does it seem that morals and values and disciplines and restraint for what is good has or is being stripped from life? What would be the cure for that? It’s simple – at least to say. The cure would be for mankind to “delight or take great pleasure and enjoyment in the reverential fear of the Lord.”

Of course we know that’s not possible because all mankind will not receive Jesus into their hearts and experience the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. What all mankind will one day learn is that God is not mocked. There are consequences in life for every avoidance and abandonment of God’s will and ways. Galatians 6:7-8 puts it like this: “Don't be misled. Remember that you can't ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death.” These words represent the “ reverential fear of the Lord” on the negative side. These words are for those that mock God’s ways and act like or teach that they aren’t true or don’t exist. These words strike fear in the hearts of many people. They don’t like them so they say they choose not to believe them or they avoid hearing them and suppress them from their thinking.

Those verses continue with a positive encouragement to those that do love God. Galatians 6:8-9 “But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.” Isaiah revealed to us that the Messiah that would come – Jesus, would have the Spirit of God resting upon Him. He also revealed that Jesus would “delight” or take great pleasure in reverencing His Father.

You may think – “Well, that was Jesus. The Spirit of God rested upon Him, not me!” That is not true. The Spirit of God rested upon Jesus so that He could reverence God and fulfill God’s will. By fulfilling God’s will and taking our sins and punishment upon Himself, He created the way for God’s Spirit to rest upon us. God’s Word confirms this powerful truth saying:

1 Corinthians 2:12 (NLT) "And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us." And, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NIV) "Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,
set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come."


The cure for society’s woes is for Christians to “delight” or take great pleasure and enjoyment in the reverential fear of the Lord. Delight or pleasure and excitement are strong physical and mental stimulants that motivate you toward something. Learning to reverence God actually carries that pleasure after you've walked with God closely for a season. When you sincerely take the time to reverence God with and by what you see in His Word, and then in prayer, and then in your thought processes, you will change. The Holy Spirit will sift your thoughts and actions like sifting pebbles from sand. Reverencing God helps you see the pebbles in your life and purify your heart and mind. If Christians would just do this as Jesus modeled, life as we know it would greatly change. Our lives would be transformed and so would society. I pray that you delight yourself in the fear of the Lord today!

Psalms 119:174 (NLT) "O Lord, I have longed for your rescue, and your instructions are my delight."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Making a Difference in the Lives of Others

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Ezekiel 22:30 “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap for me… but I found none.”

One morning Renee and I went out for a nice breakfast. As we were talking, we began to reflect on how good the Lord had been to us over all our years. As we were reminiscing, I remembered a special moment I had with my son Peter—the kind of moment that makes you proud and extremely thankful to God..

One Saturday morning we had gone out for breakfast at a local restaurant. There was a waitress there that we had become acquainted with from her serving us on a few occasions. As our acquaintance and communication level grew, we had the opportunity to share the Lord with her. Because we had taken the time to befriend her, she had opened up to us sharing personal things close to her heart of concern about her young son. She had shared that she was bringing him in for a medical exam because the doctors suspected there was a serious problem with his health and that he had an unusual disease. We asked her if we could pray for her son and she lit up like a Christmas tree. She was ecstatic that we would want to pray for her son. People are always a little shocked when you start praying for them right then and there, but they are also blessed at the same time.

A few weeks later, we came in to have breakfast. She lit up when she saw us. "I've been waiting and hoping you'd come in! I've wanted to thank you for your prayers and tell you the good news. My son does not have the disease they thought he did. He is going to be fine! I wanted so bad to tell you because you are one of the few people that has ever offered to pray!" We were excited for her and it continued to help us stay focused to pray for her.

While we were having breakfast, my son Peter was catching me up on the job he held at that time. "Dad, I work with this one guy. He isn't the most intelligent person and that seems to have hindered his getting promoted— but dad, he is the nicest guy I've ever worked with! He has two kids and doesn't make that much money. He has a pair of shoes that have got to be ancient. They are old and absolutely worn out. I am going to buy him a new pair of shoes!" At that moment, I was so proud of my son. He was a college student at that time and money was extremely tight for him. Even so, he saw someone else’s need and decided to do something out it. It seemed as though, everything I had ever tried to impart to his heart was manifesting at this breakfast. He had taken hold of a simple truth. One person can make a difference in life even if it's just one person at a time that you touch.

If Jesus ever taught us anything—and the truth is He taught us countless things—He taught us that one person can make all the difference. His life on earth is the greatest example of that truth we will ever know. So many people want to do great things! Too often, people have good intentions and want to do good things for others, but they imagine doing such grandiose things in magnitude that they in all likelihood won’t do, that they let the little opportunities that they could do, pass by. The result being good intentions but little to nothing being done. What a shame because people can make a difference in the small things in someone’s life every day!

James 1:17 says that "everything good comes down from the Father..." Everything good does! That means when you feel your heart being promoted to do something good for someone—it’s most likely being steered by God. In 1 Corinthians 4:7 the Apostle Paul put it like this: "... what have you that you did not receive from God? Now if you did receive it from God, why do you want the glory for it as if you had not received it from Him?" The point here is this: if the good we receive or do is from and with the help of God, then why do we want the credit? Why don’t we forget about whether anyone ever knows the good we do and just do it unto the Lord giving Him thanks for helping us to be this way?

Jesus teaches us that there is great blessing in making a difference but not looking for public credit or glory. We read it in Mat 6:3-4 "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

Making a difference in the lives of others can be a daily thing. It's sacrificially touching one person's life with some random act of kindness. It may be the giving of moral support, taking time to pray for someone, the giving of resources or time, or making an even greater sacrifice you feel prompted to make.

In today's Fresh Manna verse, we see that this was a cry from God's heart to His people at a time when they had appeared to have lost their way. It says, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap for me… but I found none.” We dream about changing the whole world. It starts by trusting that God will lead you and work through you to stand in the gap for others.

This made me so proud of my son. He’s learning this truth and is learning to walk it out! God would love for all of us to stand in the gap – even in the smallest ways!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

A Godly Attribute That Will Change Your Life

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


My mom was absolutely amazing. She was supermom. She cooked family meals morning and night and made lunch for ten kids every day. She did laundry every day. She ironed our clothes, our sheets and pillow cases—just about everything. She took us everywhere and was at every life event she could be at. How she kept her sanity I will never know. She is in Heaven now, but oh how I can’t wait to tell her again how amazing she was.

I was about 8 years old. I was the fifth of ten children. My brother’s and my bedroom was next to our laundry room. I was not a good sleeper growing up and so I’d wake up frequently at night. Mom wasn't a great sleeper either. She probably had too much on her mind. I would see her many nights doing laundry at 2 or 3 in the morning. It made my heart ache for how hard she worked for us.

One day I made a decision. I was going to find ways to help mom. Our laundry room was also our coat closet for our shoes, coats, hats, mittens, boots, and more. It looked like a hotel coat-check room it was so packed. And we were kids and so this room always looked like a tornado had blown through.

One night while mom was at a PTA meeting, I decided I was going to reorganize the entire room and hang and line everything up perfectly. It took me three hours and I finished just before 10 pm. I was getting a drink of water before going to bed when my mom came home. She saw me in the kitchen and instantly got mad at me for still being up past my bedtime. She chewed me out and sent me to bed but I didn't tell her why I was up. I felt bad but had still wanted to surprise her.

Within ten minutes she was in my room sitting on the bed besides me running her fingers through my hair, kissing me on the cheek, and almost crying she felt so bad. She had seen the newly organized laundry room, figured out that I had done it, and felt horrible for yelling at me. She thanked me over and over again for doing this for her. She proceeded to tell me just how much it meant to her and how much it helped her. I asked her about getting a rack for all the boots and shoes and a file cabinet for putting the hats and mittens in to keep them sorted. She got me both and we had the most organized laundry room one could imagine. I kept this room up for her.

My mom was the world’s greatest appreciator. She’d gush with thanks and then thank again. It was so motivating that it made me want to help her more which I did. I could also see she needed help with her garden so I began to help her with that each year. I guess that’s where gardening got in my blood because I am now an avid gardener which I am forever thankful for. And helping her with the garden became a new faucet of thanks that flowed from my mom to me.

Thankfulness is such a powerful and motivating force and yet, in my experience, the majority of people are somewhere between poor and a dismal failure at it. Should that surprise us? I guess it’s been that way for a while. Can you imagine being healed from leprosy and not being thankful? I can’t.

In Luke 17:14-19 (NIV) we read the story of the ten lepers that cried out to Jesus to heal them. He did. But then we read, “And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked Him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then He said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

Do you see that only one came back to thank Jesus? Because his heart was full of thanksgiving he received more than the others from God. All of them were cleansed of leprosy, but to the thankful one Jesus said, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well." He got something more from God. His eyes were open to see who Jesus was. He could see that Jesus was God. That is why he came back praising God and throwing himself at Jesus’ feet. His heart of thanksgiving brought him more than healing. It brought him eternal life. A heart of thanksgiving will open your eyes to more of God and result in more of His blessing in your life!

Philippians 4:6 (NIV) tells us, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." God wants us to pray and ask His help in everything, but the question is, do we even pay attention to or thank him for the multitude of prayers He has already answered? If we don’t have a continuing attitude of thanksgiving we’ll miss seeing the many prayers He’s already answered for us! It will even hurt our faith because we will miss seeing His intimate involvement in our lives.

I can’t tell you how many times I've done things for people, things that have taken time, effort, and sacrifice. The averages of appreciation are about the same as in the story of the lepers. Only a small percentage show true appreciation. That’s okay. That’s not why I do things for people. It won’t keep me from reaching out to help and be a blessing. But I feel bad because I know it will hinder them from so much more blessing in their life. Having a thankful spirit is a godly attribute God wants us to develop. It draws more of His blessing in our life. It’s the truth!

Thank you mom for modeling this and helping develop within me! I am eternally thankful to God and you for it!

Psalms 100:4 (NIV) “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Friday, November 07, 2014

Lean on God to Strengthen You!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Strength–God’s Strength! I don’t know about you, but I need it. Psalm 28:8 says “The Lord is our strength...” When I try to exist and accomplish life and goals in my own strength, I fail or fall short. When I try to accomplish life and goals in my strength and fall short, it makes me feel stupid and backslidden. Why would I bother trying to get anything done in my own strength when God offers me His strength and His power?

Psalm 73:26 (NLT) says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.“  2 Corinthians 1:21 (NIV) says,“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ..." Psalm 84:5 (NIV) says, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you…” The power and strength of God to us are the promises of His Word.

One say I was reading a Bible story to my granddaughter. I asked her, Macy, what is that called when someone talks to Jesus? She looked up to me and said, That’s called prayer Papa. She was absolutely right. We may not be able to walk up to Jesus face to face, but we can and are encouraged to come to Him just the same. Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) says, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” We are exhorted to come to Him with confidence. That’s the same as faith. It pleases God.When we lean on the promises of God, we think and say, This sickness, this problem, this cursed thing is of the devil. It’s not God’s will. God is my strength. He is my healer. He is my deliverer. I am His anointed. He has told me to come to His throne room. He makes me stand firm in my faith.  And as today’s Fresh Manna says,  "The Lord is their strength, And He is the saving refuge of His anointed." Psalms 28:8 (NKJV) 

Leaning on Jesus takes faith. Praying for miracles takes faith. It’s not like breaking a wishbone, finding a four-leaf cover, or crossing your fingers. It’s about having faith in Jesus as the strength and power of your life for every circumstance, especially in the face of adversity and negative report! You may get weak-kneed and tempted to crumble in the face of adversity, but, that is why God wants to be your strength! Lean on Him with great faith! Psalm 68:35 (NLT) “God is awesome in His sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people." Praise be to God!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Are We Living In the Last Days?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Every day that passes we get a day closer to the second coming of Jesus Christ. The season of time His second coming will happen in, is called the last days. How long are the last days? Is it that time now? Will He be coming back soon? Those questions are difficult to speculate upon for the simple reason that time outside of the earth is not the same as time we experience day-to-day.

After Jesus' death and resurrection, Peter was in the midst of a move of God. The Holy Spirit had come upon all the disciples and as a result, they were speaking in tongues.  Crowds grew to see what was happening and Peter brought definition to it saying it was the fulfillment of a prophetic word from the prophet Joel. Acts 2:16-17 (NLT) "...what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people..." This happened close to 2,000 years ago yet Peter said it was a sign of the last days.  Peter later gave insight to understanding time through God's eyes. 2 Peter 3:8 (NLT) "But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day."

Peter taught us that a thousand years is the same as a day  in God's eyes. So that means about two days in God's time has passed since this event Peter was describing.  We are in the last days but it's hard to speculate in our perception of time when Jesus will come back. But regardless, there is one thing you can be sure about, God wants us to plan like it won't happen for 100 years but live like it could come tomorrow.  We must live in a godly fashion that helps people distinguish between the world's lifestyle and God's plan for us. Colossians 3:7-10 (NLT) "You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.  Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him." 

We must also plan and be about God's business influencing as many people as possible with the love of Jesus Christ—yet not frantically, but purposely, patiently, and steadily through prayer and action.  And we must remember that God is doing something too! He is pouring out His Spirit on ALL flesh—on all people. They may seem hardened. They may seem cold toward God, but you can trust that God is working to reach them and would like to use you as part of His work in their life. The Bible teaches that God is patient for mankind to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. His mercy is great. He hates Satan. He sent Jesus to pay for our redemption. He hates evil yet is patient for man to come to Him. And He is pouring out His Spirit. James 5:7-8 (NLT) "Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You too must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near." 

Yes, He is patient, but there will come a day just as the door of the ark closed for Noah, so God's patience will come end and Jesus will return. The Bible has a lot to say about those days—the last days. In  Timothy 3:1 (NLT) it says, "You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times." The Greek Word difficult means perilous—many hard things going on 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 His people to resist the evil that tempts them. The pressure of evil will diminish the Christian's strength to do what they know in their hearts they should do. It then describes what many will become like in these last days—descriptions that are not good, of which I will give you just one: “People will be… lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.”

The Bible says that “God richly gives us all things to enjoy.”  He doesn't mind if we have things and enjoy them, but He doesn't want things to have us—to dominate our thinking creating a craving for pleasures of every kind that only diminish and supplant our craving and love for Him and His plans.

Can we return to our knees? Can we honestly open and examine our heart before God? Can we ask Him to strengthen us to live for Him so that we see evidence of it in our life? Things are okay when and only when our focus is God and His plan 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. When this happens, we are living how God wanted us to live in the last days—soberly, alert, and purposeful to reach those God calls His precious fruit of the earth—those who God is patiently waiting for!

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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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

America - A Friend to the World

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


The following was sent to me by a Fresh Manna reader. I am reprinting it on election day to remind us of the beautiful heart of those that make up the great nation of America! Christians, please vote for those that uphold the moral standard that is pleasing to God and man!   

Psalm 33:12 (NLT) “What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people he has chosen for his own.”

When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by George Bush.
He answered by saying, 'Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return. You could have heard a pin drop.

Then there was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims.

What does he intend to do, bomb them?' A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?' You could have heard a pin drop.

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, 'whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?' Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'

You could have heard a pin drop. A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready." The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it." "Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France!" The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained. "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to."

No matter what anyone else says, America has been a friend to the world and real Americans know that is the truth! Let us pray for and elect godly leaders who passionately love God and our country!

2 Thessalonians 3:2 "And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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