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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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

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I love this! It seriously brought tears to my eyes! What a proclamation of Jesus Christ! I know in my heart this is the continuing sound of Heaven!


In His Love,
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Two Inspiring Short Videos

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Naomi Feil Reaches Glady's Heart

This may be the most one of the most pure demonstrations of love I have ever seen. Absolutely beautiful. Please watch it all the way through! 

God's Love: Naomi Feil, a Jewish woman, sings Christian hymns for Gladys, who has Alzheimer's and was unable to speak. Watch what happens at the end, when Mrs. Feil opens her heart and gives Ms. Gladys what she needs so deeply! 




A Magnificent Christmas Story in Video 
The cutest Nativity story in short video that I have ever seen ♥
I hope you enjoy it! 




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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

God Does Not Want Us Desperate!

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29 Years ago when Renee and I were starting the Small Group ministry at our church, Living Word Christian Center, the Lord spoke something to my heart. He spoke it to me like a father giving his son godly advice.  At that time, I had been laying out a plan for our small groups system at church, that I had sought God on, prayed over, and was building the blueprint for. It was unique from what other churches had been doing. At that time there were no systems like it—no models to pattern it after. Most churches were following cell group systems which were the trend of that day. We had gone that route years earlier but didn't feel it was the best fit for our church. We instead prayed over a small group system that was more compatible with our culture and goals.

When the time was drawing near to launch the vision of it, I began to pray over the leadership I would raise up for it. It was at that time the Lord spoke this admonishing type tip to me. As I was praying about it one morning, I felt these words from the Lord impressed upon my heart. He said, “You are not desperate!” That's all He said, but when you hear from the Lord like that, you almost always have the understanding that comes with what is said. I knew instantly that He did not want me to get ahead of myself just to achieve goals and hurt my efforts by raising people up into leadership that weren't prepared for it. He was telling me, You are not desperate concerning your leadership so don’t act like it. Pray for me to give you the cream of the crop for leadership and over time, you will see that I will give you exactly that. And as I look back today, the Lord has given me the most amazing leadership. An abundance of people who have been walking in leadership roles for 15 to 25 years and going strong. And more and more coming to me every week!

The Lord spoke one other thing to me that day. Since then, it has guided me through all my efforts in all I have done over the years, with amazing grace and patience. He spoke the words from Zechariah 4:10 (NLT) "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin..."

I learned that starting small gives you an opportunity to learn what you are doing, adjust your path and efforts as they need tweaking, and to help work through the mistakes everyone makes when attempting something new for the first time. In the small beginnings, there are fewer people to hurt or see you make those mistakes. That is a grace from God! 

God had taught me at an earlier time in my life that He would equip me to do the things He wanted me to do. Hebrews 13:20 (NLT) says, “And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus... equip you with all you need for doing His will.” Over time, I knew that this did not just pertain to ministry, but to every area of my life. No matter what I had need of, God would equip me for the things He called me to do. I would seek Him for the equipping I needed. And from that point, if I ever felt anxious and less than confident about what I was attempting, I would remember that the Lord promised to equip me, and those words from the Lord, “I am not desperate!”

As we read God's word, we see people in the Bible who are in desperate places or situations in their life—just like we do in the lives of those around us. We ourselves experience feelings and moments of desperation and yet I know the Lord wants us to shout, “I am not desperate.” We aren't because the Lord is our provider. He is the one that shows us where our provision is. He is the one who equips us for every good thing!

When Abraham was called by God to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, Abraham knew God had promised Isaac as his heritage. So, even though this sacrifice did not make sense, he knew God would provide. Even though it was his own son, he would not allow himself to be desperate. And we know the ending. God provided at that very moment of sacrifice, Abraham’s provision: a ram in the thicket to take Issac's place. And because of that, Abraham named that place accordingly as we read in Genesis 22:14. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh;  The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided."  Those words Jehovah-jireh literally means, God who will show you were your provision is. Is trust in this fact important? Well, because Abraham trusted God and offered Issac in obedience, God offered up Jesus for us!

We are not desperate! We may at times experience very real and difficult circumstances that attempt to terrorize our heart. But, even in those times, the truth is, God is with us! He is our deliverer and He is our provider. It is He that shows us were our provision is and equips us for everything He has called us to do! Trust that and lean on that as you seek God in faith for your equipping and needs!

Hebrews 13:20 (NLT)  “And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus... equip you with all you need for doing His will.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Intimacy With God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I love having intimate time with the Lord. Sometimes that happens in the middle of the night when I have awoken wide-awake and can't fall back to sleep. Instead of fretting over a loss of sleep, I read my bible, pray and spend time thanking God for every good thing in my life. Not only is that time special, but in short order, it brings me  to where I can easily fall back asleep. I have many places and times and atmospheres where I have intimate time with the Lord. I've created a place in my garden, a  couple of places in my home and frankly, I can turn just about any place into an atmosphere of intimacy with Him.  I can because I've learned how important it is to be able to pause and bring Him into every situation.

I read His Word expecting God to speak to my heart through it, in relevance to my life. I pray the promises He reveals in His Word with great confidence, knowing that Heaven and earth will move because God is faithful! These three verses from God produce great confidence and intimacy. 1 John 5:13-15 (NLT) "I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may KNOW you have eternal life. And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for." 

Like anyone, I can have those moments where I want to experience intimacy with God but my mind is too preoccupied with the all that is going on around me. In those moments, I can feel like I am talking to myself more than it feeling like special time with God. I want to feel that intimacy but for whatever reason I don't. Years ago as a younger Christian, I might have panicked and thought, What’s wrong? Why am I not feeling God’s presence in the same way. Did I do something wrong? God are you mad at me? Am I out of God’s will? and on and on. Now I know better. God never leaves me. He never forsakes me. To the contrary, His word teaches me, “Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.” (James 4:8)
When we purposely draw near to God with the hopes of Him drawing near to and speaking to us, we have to remember the primary way God speaks to us. He primarily speaks to us through His Word. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread…” He was not teaching them to pray for food or provision. He was teaching them to meditate on the scriptures—His Word, and listen for the Word of God to speak to their hearts each and every day. Why? Because we need help, direction, correction, peace, and a power boost in our life every day. That is what the Word of God is to us! Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) says, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Spending time in the Word gives God place to bring His Word to your remembrance through His Holy Spirit. It is through His Word rising up in your heart, that those special and intimate times come.

So, even when I am in the grinding-it-out times during busy periods in my life, I may or may not feel the goosebumps or special moments I'd love to sense when I am spending time with God. But, I have no doubt that the Lord is with me, that He hears every word, and that He appreciates that I live by faith and not by feelings in good times and bad. He never changes and I cannot let feelings dictate my faith. I let faith dictate my feelings.  And so, as I did today, I will continue to sing to Him, pray, and meditate on God's word and His great love for me and each of you as I pray for us all.  Spending time with God is special whether if "feels" intimate or not and whether I get goosebumps or not. It's simply great to spend time with the Lord!

Psalm 73:28 “But as for me, how good it is to draw near to God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things He does.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

God Isn't Close to Being Done With You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Early this morning, I was on my elliptical machine which is a part of my usual morning routine. As I was working out, I was meditating on the verses that represent the beginning of the greatest gift ever given to mankind. When this gift is received, life truly begins. I was meditating on the verses in Romans 10:9-13. (NKJV) They say,  “…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

These words given to us by God through the Apostle Paul represent the birth of a miracle. They represent an answer to a prayer request. The majority of people, will at some point in their life, have the thought, If only I could start over and do it right.  The words from those verses in Romans are the starting gate of the answer to that request, If only I could start over and do it right.

They are the words that represent the asking of Jesus into your life to be your Lord and Savior. They are the words that initiate from God the forgiveness of all your sins. They are the words that clean your spiritual house so the Holy Spirit can come and live within you. They are the words that open your eyes to see life through God’s eyes. They are the words that open your heart to understanding God’s word and that make His Word powerful and effective and produce life change. They are the words that trigger an intimate relationship between you and God almighty.  Those are the words that instructed me to pray and ask Jesus to come into my life, be my Lord and Savior, and let me start life over and do it right. I prayed this prayer when I was 24 years old. Life truly did start over and God’s promise of making me a new person through Jesus came true.   2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

As I was meditating on these verses,  I suddenly had a flashback to a very old memory.  It was when I was 16 years old.  My oldest sister was married and had four young children. They were the cutest kids and I loved spending time with them. My sister had asked me if I could come over and babysit them. I was glad to do that and came over at supper time that night. Dinner was on the table, the kids were around the table and my sister and her husband had to leave right away. I told them no problem. I had dinner with the kids which was great fun. They all talked a mile a minute and made me laugh throughout. When we were done, we cleaned up the kitchen, and then went to play. As we were walking through the living room I was admiring the new wall paper my sister had put up. It was beautiful. As I walked by one of those walls, I gasped.  One of them was covered with color crayon drawings and scribbling.  I looked at the kids, and said, What happened? Who did this?  One of the girls said,  Oh, we did that.  I asked, What did your parents do?  She said, Well, mom cried for a while, got mad at us, and then told us never to do that again.
Their innocence was so cute. They knew they had done something wrong and they wouldn't do it again, but I could tell that they just didn't get it yet.  How could they? They were so young and inexperienced in life.
When I had this flashback to this memory, the Lord began to speak to my heart about some young Christians I have been observing. They have sincerely asked Jesus into their heart, but are young in the Lord and know little of the Bible yet. They have done what Romans 9:9-13 instructs and are walking out this new life in Christ, but still had a lot of old way of thinking in them that if others looked at would judge them and say, How can they call themselves Christians and yet think and act like that?


They are new Christians and God will continue to teach and shape them, but they remind me of my sister’s children who colored all over her new wallpaper. They are young and innocent and just don't realize or have enough spiritual maturity to know that some of how they are living their life is a problem. .

Christians aren't looking for someone to condemn them. They are looking for someone to love and guide them in God's ways. They are looking for loving mentors to guide them and help them grow in Christ.  Truth can come as loving guidance or can come across as judgment and condemning which will chase someone away. Love never fails but condemnation causes one to close up and withdraw.
So, let’s realize that Christians are all over the map in their Christian walk. They just need to be loved, encouraged, and shown through God’s word and our example, the better way to live. Eventually they will quit coloring on the wall paper and appreciate the new life in Christ they have been given! And we can be those that they will look back on and thank God for, not for judging, but for helping them!


Philippians 1:6 (NLT) “And 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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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Power of Worshipping God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One evening at a church service, I was watching a little four year old boy during the Praise & Worship. This little boy was dancing so freely and from his heart to the Lord. He had his hands raised to the Lord in worship and was just a pure joy to watch. As I watched this little boy I was reminded of two verses, Psa 8:2 (NIV) "From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise...." And, "MAT 18:4“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." I thought, this little boy is just having a time before the Lord and doesn't even know enough to care what others think. Praise God for the innocent. If we as adults could just get that free and easily worship the Lord, oh how positively it would affect our lives!

A few years back, I was leading our Men's Advance the weekend before Thanksgiving. I had all the men take on a spiritual task that I was sure would make them uncomfortable. At the same time, I was confident it would bless them when all was said and done. I asked them to sit down and write a beautiful letter to the Lord—a letter from their heart, really letting the Lord know how thankful they were for the many things He had done for them. We were away up at a camp by a lake and surrounded by a forest. The men all took their tablets, went off by themselves on a walk, found a quiet place, and began to pray and write. Before they left, I told them there was one other thing they had to do upon completing the letter to the Lord. They had go off alone on a second walk and create a melody and sing their letter to the Lord.

I was helping them to see that when we read through the Psalms, this is the experience we are reading. David would be out in the field with his sheep, singing his heart of love and thanks to the Lord. Or in a time of trouble or after a great victory, he would get by himself and sing his heart to the Lord. God had declared that David had a heart after Himself. Acts 13:22 (NIV) "After removing Saul, He (God) made David their king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'"  How did David become that man? Many things contributed to David's faith-filled character, but maybe none as much as his heart of thanks and worship toward God. You see, when your heart is full of thanksgiving, you see more of God in your life. You see God working behind the scenes. They eyes of your understanding become enlightened (Eph. 1:18) and you see more of God and become even more thankful! That was David and he just could not contain his thanks and worship.

When I gave the men this assignment, they actually kept a good attitude and went for it. They were surprised that they had a new, deep, and in most cases quite emotional encounter with God. When the weekend was over, most had shared that it was one of the most powerful and intimate experiences they had ever had with the Lord.

Eph 5:19-21 says "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...” Learning to sing your words of thanksgiving to God from your heart can be a continuing and awesome way to share your thanks to the Lord. He is truly worthy of this sacrifice of praise! And, don't forget this Biblical truth—praise quiets your mind and emotions and helps you detach from the cares of this world. And, it stills the voice of the enemy in your thought-life!

Two dozen years ago, I turned the radio off and instead began to sing my own melodies of thanks to the Lord. It was and is life-changing. I've reduced the garbage and noise that I used to perpetually let in and instead began to let my heart lift up melodies and praise to the Lord. I sing to the Lord from my heart almost daily. (I'm a closet singer and songwriter. No talent or training except the help of the Holy Spirit. I just love to do it!) The ways in which it draws you close to the Lord and transforms your heart is beyond words! Besides, it’s our future destiny once we are reunited in Heaven with Jesus. So you might as well get started now! It will transform your life!


Revelation 7:9-12 (NLT)  After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb… And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Conquering Every Fear!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One night my granddaughter Madeline slept over. She's an early bird, full of fun and life in the morning. She wanted to play hide and seek and read a Bible story so I restructured my morning to accommodate these serious priorities.

We read a story about a little boy who was scared of getting a shot at the doctor’s office, which led us to a story of another boy. We read of David having facing his fears when he faced Goliath. When you read the story of David and Goliath you can see that David was different from every other soldier. When he heard the voice of the enemy mocking God, righteous indignation rose up on the inside of him and out came the words, 1 Samuel 17:26 "Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?" His indignation and words led him to action. When David revealed what he wanted to do, he didn't get a lot of support. 1 Samuel 17:33 says, "Don't be ridiculous!" Saul replied. "There is no way you can go against this Philistine. You are only a boy, and he has been in the army since he was a boy!"

This lack of support didn't stop David. He had faced threatening situations his entire life. He defeated them one by one because he learned to depend and lean on the Lord in each situation. And in each situation the grace of God and His wisdom manifest in David's life, and God prevailed through David to overcome his fears to defeat the enemies in his life. When he came face-to-face with Goliath, David responded, "You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord Almighty—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone will know that the Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours. The Lord will give you to us!" 1 Samuel 17:45-47

We have all faced fears from situations that masquerade as Goliaths in our life. They try to overwhelm our thought-life far too frequently. They try to rob us of our sleep. They try to paint ugly pictures of doom and gloom. They try to steal all our hope and faith in God. One of the gifts of the Spirit taught in 1 Corinthians 12 is the gift of faith. This isn't just our normal faith in God. This is supernatural faith that comes as a gift from God during terrifying times and keeps you in this bubble of faith and trust. It is a gift. It comes as compassion by God's grace as a gift of mercy. It is not always present. It’s not because God doesn't want to help us, but He also wants us to learn to be like David – strong in faith and trust.

Why had David’s faith and trust in God grown so strong? Experience! David and learned to face his fears and lean on God again and again. His trust in God and grown deep and rock solid. David explains why to Saul before defeating Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:34-37. “David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." Saul said to David, "Go, and the Lord be with you." 

Fears can feel complicated or we can uncomplicate them. We can simply state what they are to the Lord, lay them at His feet, ask Him to show us how to defeat them, and let the Lord speak to our heart through His Word. Then as we do what He instructs and leads us to do trusting Him, our faith and trust over time, will also grow strong. We also will defeat the Goliaths—the fears that surface in our life over and over again. Fears will always attempt to invade our life. Laying them at Jesus' feet in faith and trust of the Lord is what will defeat them!

2 Samuel 22:31-34 "As for God, his way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection. For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? God is my strong fortress; He has made my way safe. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, leading me safely along the mountain heights."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Sunday, December 07, 2014

I Am Israel – the Hope of the Middle East

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 In addition to my Pastoral roles at my church, I am also the Minnesota State Director for Christians United for Israel (CUFI). CUFI was birthed in 2006  by Pastor John Hagee and has grown to 1.9 million Christians who support and love Israel. God has drawn His people back to the land he gave them, and they were reestablished as a nation in 1948. This has been one of the great ongoing works God has been doing in the earth over the past half-century. Israel and the Jewish people are a tiny nation 1/19 the size of California and surrounded by 22 Arab nations that are 640 times larger than tiny Israel. Israel is the only Democratic nation in the Middle East and the United States greatest ally.

Israel allows Muslims and Palestinians to live as citizens of Israel - even participating in their government and have more rights than in any other Arab nation. The restrictions any Palestinians face in Israel are only a matter of Israel protecting its people from suicide bombing, efforts of terrorism against Israel, and the smuggling of weapons into Israel to hurt and undermine the nation of Israel.  There have been over 11,000 rockets fired from Gaza at Israeli citizens since 2005.

Would you like to take a simple step in supporting Israel that takes approximately 10 seconds of your time? All you need to do is click on this link to CUFI and join by simply putting in your email address and click JOIN. At the very least, please go to CUFI.com and learn more about Christians United for Israel.

I hope you will watch this short video called "I Am Israel." It is about six minutes long and critical for Christians to watch to understand the truth of Israel's experience.

Please pray for the peace of Israel and the peace of Jerusalem and all her people.




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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Friday, December 05, 2014

The Cycle of Success

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Psalms 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

The Cycle of Success


SUCCESS IS:


At age 3 success is . . . Not piddling in your pants.

At age 12 success is . . . Having friends.

At age 16 success is . . . Having a driver's license.

At age 35 success is . . . Having money.

At age 50 success is . . . Having money saved

At age 75 success is . . . Having a drivers license.

At age 80 success is . . . Having friends.

At age 85 success is . . . Not piddling in your pants.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Get Your Joy Back!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I have been asked a few times to reprint this post, so I am today! I hope it blesses you as it's been a very popular one with my readers! 

One Sunday, after church, we had all the family over for a birthday party for our two granddaughters, Madeline and Macy. Being seven and eight, they love birthday parties. It was a great day of eating, having fun, and then presents and cake. When everyone except the girls had left, I asked them if they wanted to go for a walk with me. It’s a beautiful walk on a path along a mile stretch of wild flowers and a creek.

As we were leaving the house, they each wanted to bring their new dolls they had just received for their birthday. Generally I won’t let the girls bring them on a walk but I made an exception. As we were walking, they were little chatterbugs. Macy piped in first, “Papa, that was the best birthday ever! I love my doll so much. I was praying I would get a Tiana princess doll. I love her so much.” Madeline had gotten the same doll, another version. “Papa I love my doll too. Since Macy and me have the same one I am going to name mine Ashley. I love my Ashley Tiana doll too papa.” And on and on they both went out how much they loved the dolls and how it was their favorite present. Renee had done well and I was getting too much credit but I was happy that they were happy.

We had a fun walk and the girls made it much more active than just a walk. We watched the girls balancing on any ledge they could tightrope walk on. They repeatedly took off challenging me to race with them. And along the way, we make a pit stop half way along our journey at a park with playground equipment they liked to play on. They had fun showing off their climbing and high jump feats. And we were soon visited by ducks looking for someone to feed them. I had brought birdseed along in case that happened. The sky was cloudless and deep blue and it was spectacularly beautiful out. We were having a blast, when suddenly Madeline noticed that one of the shoes of her doll was missing. We backtracked and looked but didn't find it. A short time later, Macy cried out, “Papa, I lost Tiana’s tiara. It took me a minute to figure out that was her little crown. So again we backtracked while I was thinking, “This is why I make my rules and don’t let them bring dolls on the walk. This is your bad, Tim.” I stayed patient, we prayed, and we looked and looked, but, we didn't find either. I was proud of the girls as they kept a good attitude through it.

As we were getting near home, I asked them, “Did you girls have fun on the walk?” Madeline immediately responded, “No, I lost my dolly’s shoe. I didn't have fun.” Macy said nothing. I looked at them both and began to rattle off all the fun things we just did that we had so much fun doing. Madeline looked up and said, “You’re right, Papa. We had lots of fun. It’s okay if I lost one shoe. We still had fun.” Macy agreed.

This little adventure came on the day that the Lord spoke to my heart during my morning devotional time about “Think on these things...” Philip. 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—think and meditate on these things.”

The Lord spoke to me about staying focused on thinking about good things and not letting things that distract you or steal your joy invade your thought life.

This walk with the girls was a quick example of how a small setback almost stole the joy of the entire day. When I reminded the girls of all the fun things we did, they immediately lit back up and agreed and changed their mind.

The enemy of our soul is a thief and would like us to see the negatives so they overshadow all the good the Lord brings into our life. And so His solution to that is, “Think on THESE things…”

Philippians 4:8 (Message Bible) “Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Who Did God Really Create You to Be?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I look into the mirror of my heart to see who I am, I see a man that loves passionately loves Jesus. And I see a man who is trying to walk out his life out with Christ-like character determined to influence others toward His love and saving grace. I so want people to see Jesus in me, but, I know my flaws all too well. I have them just like we all do. I work on them hopefully like we all do. If I didn't look reflectively within, I’d never try to change what needs changing. But it’s also important to see myself as God sees me. This is a true key to supernatural change! It's what ignites the power to conquer your excuses for not obeying God that would otherwise result in an unfulfilled mediocre life.

If you know the story of Moses, you know that the beginning years of his life were anything but normal. Moses was raised in the crosshairs of two cultures—Hebrew and Egyptian. He had to eventually come to the place of deciding for himself what he believed and how he wanted to walk out his life.

Moses chose the side of his Hebrew heritage. He was trained in Pharaoh's court as an aspiring Egyptian leader. At one point when he could no longer live with the slavery that he saw the Hebrew people under, he made a leadership move that had disastrous results. In trying to protect a slave from being beaten, he killed an Egyptian taskmaster.  He immediately fled believing he would be killed by Pharaoh. In doing so, he was giving up all his hopes and dreams for a great many years until one day God called upon him to fulfill his destiny. God asked Moses to step out in faith and do something for Him. Let’s read about it and as we do, notice the voice and excuses of inadequacy sparring with the voice of God telling Moses who he was and who he could be with God working in and through him.

Exodus 3:9, “Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt." Moses pleads with God offering four excuses and a final plea.

  1. “God, who am I to do this?”
  2. “What if they say, “How do we really know God sent you?”
  3. “What if they say, “God didn't really send you?”
  4. “I’m inadequate for the job, I can’t speak well.”
  • God answered every excuse for Moses but Moses still finally said, “Please send someone else!
All of the great leaders in the Bible outside of Jesus Christ were flawed. The all struggled with the fear of being able to accomplish what God asked them to do. They were all tempted to fall to excuses. It’s easier to make excuses about our inadequacies than it is to take on the challenge of God’s request. We’re plagued by self-doubt. We say we don’t have the right skills for the job. And like Moses we may worry that people—even our families might ridicule us for our decision to serve God wholeheartedly. After all, who knows our faults and inadequacies better than them.  You're going to what? Who do you think you are? 

God knew, what Moses didn't. God knew that Moses would succeed because of God's grace and power operating through him—not because of Moses' own personal strengths or great leadership skills. God didn't just give Moses the job assignment and send him on his way. He reassured him by addressing his fears and objections, and by promising to be with him while giving him the tools he needed to succeed. God choose to cultivate and develop leadership in Moses, which would eventually inspire the future leaders of Israel. Moses would become one who modeled the leadership of trusting and obeying God more than himself. This is where excuses are defeated—when one knows who He is in God—not in himself. This is where men become godly men and women become godly women. This is where families become a powerful light. This is where churches become centers of influence changing cities, states, and nations.

Just remember how inadequate Moses felt. Remember that he has past failures. Remember that he was raised in two competing cultures—one worldly and one representing a godly heritage. Recall how he was paralyzed in fear, and how God helped, encouraged, and comforted him in the things He was asking Moses to do. You might be asking yourself the question, Who am I? God what to you want of me in my life? God is no respecter of persons and is waiting to help answer that question for you, as He did Moses! As you seek Him in prayer and by reading His Word, and in church and through your Pastor, God will begin to answer those questions and lead you in a path of fulfilling the reason He created you! It starts with sincerely seeking Him and worshiping Him and asking Him the question, God who am I and what do you want of me in my life?

Matthew 28:20 (NLT) "Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Monday, December 01, 2014

The Powerful Influence of Godly Character

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One of the richest and most rewarding parts of a Christian’s life is the development of godly character through the power of the Holy Spirit. Some people never develop much character because it takes hard work. The crux of it is the transformation of personal weaknesses to character strengths. It’s the building of attributes rooted in one’s heart that become the rock solid foundation of moral and ethical thinking and response based upon God’s Word. It’s the place where great hope, great faith, and great confidence and trust in God’s promises reside. It’s what turns a person from someone lost and fearful to a confident warrior of life. David was such a person.

Time and time again he would face troubles in his life and each and every time he would instinctively turn to the Lord first for help before any action was taken. Listen to his words. 1 Samuel 17:33-37 (NLT) "Don't be ridiculous!" Saul replied. "There is no way you can go against this Philistine. You are only a boy, and he has been in the army since he was a boy!" But David persisted. "I have been taking care of my father's sheep," he said. "When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and take the lamb from its mouth…. The Lord who saved me from the claws of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!" This heart and attitude was the working of David’s character development.

Hardship and searching for God’s plan was a consistent factor in David’s life, but it only caused him to lean harder on the Lord. As I pointed out yesterday, David often didn’t know what to do or what the Lord wanted him to do. At times he had to take life day by day as his words reveal in 1 Samuel 22:3 (NIV) “From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, "Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you UNTIL I LEARN WHAT THE LORD WILL DO FOR ME?”

During hard times when many people would get mad at God, abandon God (because they think God has abandoned them), or just whine and complain, David didn’t yield to any of those attitudes. He pressed in. He got stronger. And because he did, they were the greatest times in David’s life. They were the times of David’s greatest influence.

At that time God sent David his new team of men that would help him and fight alongside of him. Do you want to know what they were like? They are described in 1 Samuel 22:1-2 (NIV) “David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father's household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.”

If you were the VP of Human Resources and had to hire 400 people to work in a new division of your company, is this who you’d hire? Would you hire 400 applicants that were in debt, distressed, and discontent? I think not. But that’s who God sent to David because David was the real deal. He had developed godly character and his personal leadership. God knew that David was ready to help transform these 400 men into men after God's own heart.

As you read through the continuing stories, you come to discover that these men become great warriors like David. They developed godly character and learned to trust God. They also killed a number of Goliaths—real Goliaths, relatives of the original.

David shined in the hardest of times. He mentored and developed others in the hardest of times. Because whether he was alone or with an army of mighty men, he knew where his strength and help came from. It was the core of his character. It was what He taught his distressed, in debt, and discontented men that turned them into warriors.

As you continue your day today, think about what He taught them that helped them become transformed into mighty warriors. If you aren't sure what that is, Psalm 33:16-22 will give you a glimpse!

Psalm 33:16-22  (NLT) “The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior. Don't count on your warhorse to give you victory—for all its strength, it cannot save you. But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine. We depend on the Lord alone to save us. Only he can help us, protecting us like a shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we are trusting in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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