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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

You Are Anything But Ordinary!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


How are you feeling today? Pretty ordinary? Maybe under the weather or tired from the busy lives of family and work? Tired from the demands on your time? Maybe feeling a little depleted? When we get this way, our emotions usually follow suit. They go where they shouldn't go and we can too easily react in a way that we shouldn't. It is easy to think that this life is too difficult! And it would be true if it's weren't for Jesus!   “You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?” 1 Corinthians 3:3 (NIV)

Sin has complicated this world in ways that work to make life miserable—ways you'll never fully understand until you are with the Lord. But God didn't leave us high and dry in this mess! Not at all! As Christians, He gave us His Holy Spirit and that was for the purpose of changing our entire outlook and purpose of life and walking it out in God's power! When the Apostle Paul didn't see that change in the Christians around Him, he addressed it and admonished them saying,

Doesn't this seem an unusual question? "Are you not acting like mere men?” How else are people supposed to live out their lives? We are what we are—aren't we?

Paul is implying to those he is speaking to, that because they are Christians—those who have given their lives to Jesus Christ and consequently been filled with God’s Holy Spirit—that living life as “mere men” is unsatisfactory. Could this be true? It is true! We are not to be acting like mere men or women. This is one of the greatest truths missing from the Christian church today. When we were born again, we were made new creatures in Christ (2 Cor 5:17.) According to the Word of God we were given the Holy Spirit, to be more than just ordinary men or women. We were given God's nature so that we could resist the power of sin and emulate Jesus, learning to walk after Him in love, power, and authority.  Ephesians 5:1 (NIV) drives home that truth! "Therefore be imitators of God as dear children." The moment we become Christians, we were commissioned to become the touch of His love to the needs of those around us in our day-to-day life—whether it be by prayer, sharing, teaching, or by anointed encouragement—or even by the laying on of hands on the sick. This was Jesus' life. This was His purpose for us.

One thing I've always taught to Christians who want to make a difference in the life of others, is to know that there is always someone feeling weary around them at some point in their day. In all likelihood, numerous people. If you understand that, you can be used of God. How can I be so sure of that?  Isaiah 50:4 tells us that God will daily give us a word for the weary—of course that word being a word of encouragement. That is, if you are willing to seek Him for that word. And by a word, I don't mean one single individual word. I mean a verse from God's Word that brings hope and lifts the heart. And, maybe that person feeling weary is you! That word God gives you is going to be the same word that God uses to lift your heart!

After I received Jesus into my heart, I still walked as a "mere man" in many areas of my life for a long time. I didn't know how to walk any other way. The Bible says we have a divine nature that we are to partake of. 2 Peter 1:4 (NIV) “Through these God has given us His very great and precious promises so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” "Mere man" vs '"divine nature." Does it get clearer than this?

To participate in His divine nature you have to shake off feelings of being ordinary. You have to purpose to believe that the Holy Spirit within you will strengthen you today and every day. You have to believe that as you seek Him, He’ll speak to your heart through His Word, encourage and lead you, and then use you to be a blessing to someone else. That's what the divine nature in you does!

God has a tremendous plan for each and every one of us! If we will just get over ourselves and give ourselves over to Him and believe what He says, we can go beyond being just mere men. Then He can begin to do a mighty work in us and through us.

And by the way, forget trying to be perfect or cleaned up before God uses you. God will use you long before you are cleaned up. God transforming us is a lifelong process. I've been at the cleaners for 38 years. I'm so glad that I've leaned on His divine nature so I could quit walking as a "mere man" that was powerless to change, and instead be changed and used of Him. How about you?

Hebrews 13:21  "May God equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. "

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Better Approach Than Worrying!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As I was getting ready for my day this morning, a friend of mine who is battling cancer rose up in my heart. I reached out to visit him a couple of weeks ago but he wasn't feeling up to a visit. We had a short chat and then I prayed for him on the phone. I miss seeing him and had him on my heart again today. And so I began to pray for him. That is such an improvement over how I used to respond to something like this 30 years ago.  Back then I would worry about my friends that were in trouble. Once I learned how Jesus felt about worrying, I changed my approach! Worrying has become unacceptable.

My mother was one of the most compassionate individuals I've ever known, but she thought worrying for others was like a spiritual experience—that it was an extension of compassion. It’s not! It’s contrary to God’s will. As you may have figured out, our bodies don’t handle worry well. It breaks them down. And it changes nothing! Luke 12:22-25 (NLT) "Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life... Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?"  Instead the Lord teaches us what to do with worry. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

That word anxiety is the same word as worry. Worrying or anxiety is a pointless distraction. It accomplishes nothing positive, but instead it robs us of sleep, builds stress, paralyzes, and leads to spiritual, mental and physical degradation. We were meant to turn our cares and anxieties over to the Lord—actually to cast them upon Him. But even then, not just turn over or cast them—but cast them in faith. Why? Because He cares and through prayer can accomplish what we can't!

It is not enough just to cast your cares unto the Lord. Why? Because you’ll go right back and pick them up again. That’s what I use to do. I'd lose sleep over concerns I had and try to cast them on the Lord. Cares have a way of  crawling back up in your lap like a little puppy. You have to treat them like the plague! It isn’t that you don’t care about those you love. You do care and that is why you do the right thing. You have to turn them over to the Lord in faith-based on God’s promise to you about it. If you don’t know what that promise is, you have to prayerfully read the Word seeking God until that promise speaks from the pages of His Word. You’ll know it when you see it. Then these words from Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) will make sense to you. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Why are we instructed to do this? Because Jesus loves us. Because He cares for us and our situation. He alone has the capacity, the ability, and the power to take care of us. He knows our needs even before we ask. Jesus teaches us that in Matthew 6:8 (NKJV)  “…for your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” He may know them in advance but He still requires that we ask in prayer—and not just ask, but ask in faith believing! Jesus taught more! In Mark 11:24 (NKJV) He says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” We are supposed to believe before we see God take care of it? Isn't that crazy? No, it’s faith!

I grew up a worrier. Worrying is a curse. If I worry I am rendered ineffective, helping no one and wasting time. God's kind of compassion will lead me to do what I can, but it will also drive me to sincere faith filled prayers—the power that gets to the root of problems. If I cast those cares over to Him, then I can pray and release those cares and move forward with my day as God leads.

I am not God. I cannot solve anyone’s problems. But if I let the Spirit of God work through me in prayer, in communication, and in action, I’ll be a powerful blessing instead of being a distracted, paralyzed, ineffective lump of worry.

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your cares – your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, April 27, 2015

You Are Not Abandoned!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As I was meditating on the Word this morning, some verses jumped off the pages and I felt immediately impressed to write this before I walked out the door to church. I believe this is for many today.

Have you ever gotten into a tough spot and felt alone—almost like everyone around you has abandoned you? You've thought, “Where are my friends? Where is my family? Where are those I expected to be there for me?”

People that feel abandoned are often mad at those whom they think should have been there for them. If they don't turn that around, they seem to eventually become bitter and mad at the whole world! Jesus was in that spot. His heart and attitude was different from how we might be tempted to respond. Here’s how he did.

One day Jesus was teaching his disciples that there would shortly be an attack on His life. He foretold them that when this happened, His disciples would run, scatter and abandon Him. Jesus wasn't saying this to make them feel guilty. It was just the opposite. He was saying it to free them up so they wouldn't feel overcome with guilt. He understood what it was like to be human, to be attacked, and to be fearful. Jesus told them that even though it looked like He would be alone at the most horrendously awful time of His life, He wouldn't be. Let’s read…

John 16:32-33 (NLT) “But the time is coming—in fact, it is already here—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."

Jesus told them that a) they’d scatter leaving Him alone; b) that He wouldn't be alone —His Heavenly Father would be with Him; and c) He said He was telling them so they’d have peace through this difficult time while feeling helpless to help Jesus. Finally He told them, this is the way of life on earth and hardships happen, but, they should have confidence—Jesus has overcome all this and He has a plan of redemption for their lives. He told them that He'd be with them always! Matthew 28:20 (KJV) "...I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

You may feel alone in a hard times, but you don’t need to be mad at your friends, your family, or the world. And please, don't be stupid enough to be mad at God. He is not your problem!

Too often, even those closest to you don't understand all that you're going through. Maybe you think they should but they don't unless they've been through it. An often times, they don’t have the time, resources, or personal strength and discipline to do so. Whether that's right or not, isn't the point. Get bitter from it and it will take you down. But, it’s okay! You have not been abandoned! Jesus is with you! When you received Him as your Savior, He gave you the Holy Spirit who lives within you. You have the promise of Jesus that as you trust, pray, and lean on Him and His promises, you can and will overcome anything the world brings against you. He will help you! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

That is what gave Jesus peace. He knew His Father was with Him and this is what He wanted His friends and disciples to draw strength from. He didn't make them feel guilty. Most people hand out guilt on a silver platter. Jesus didn't. He wanted them free and in peace. He knew His Father had a plan and trusted Him.  That is what brings supernatural peace. When you have that peace, you can give it to others. Jesus had it and so He set them free from guilt. You do the same and you'll be set free and empowered for God to work mightily in your life!

I have had friends that have been in trouble and though I've wanted to help, often wished I could do more.  Sometimes we feel limited in what we can do.  But, in times like that, I at least purpose to pray for them and let them know I am praying for them! I've always had great confidence in God responding to my prayers because He says He will. When I can do more, I do. I have learned that I am not anyone's Savior. Only Jesus is! Jesus is the miracle worker and the one watching over us when we have faith in Him doing so. And so I encourage them in their faith and trust in Him. They are not alone!

Today I take peace knowing that God has spoken to me and reminded me that He is with those I pray for and loves them more than I ever could. I will pray for them and for you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Angels on Duty

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Angels on Duty  (Author Unknown)

A girl went to a party, but she ended up staying longer than planned and had to walk home alone. She wasn't afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away. As she walked along under the tall elm trees, she asked God to keep her safe from harm and danger.

When she reached the alley, which was a shortcut to her house, she decided to take it. However, halfway down the alley she noticed a man standing at the end as though he were waiting for her. She became uneasy and began to pray, asking for God's protection. A comforting feeling of quietness and security wrapped around her, and she felt as though someone was walking with her. When she reached the end of the alley, she walked right past the man and arrived home safely.

The following day, she read in the newspaper that a young woman had been raped in the same alley just twenty minutes after she had been there. Feeling overwhelmed by this tragedy and the fact that it could have been her, she began to weep. Thanking the Lord for her safety and to help this young woman, she decided to go to the police station.

She felt she could recognize the man, so she told them her story. The police asked her if she would be willing to look at a lineup to see if she could identify him. She agreed and immediately pointed out the man she had seen in the alley the night before. When the man was told he had been identified, he immediately broke down and confessed.

The officer thanked her for her bravery and asked if there was anything they could do for her. She asked if they would ask the man one question. She was curious as to why he had not attacked her. When the policeman asked him, he answered, "Because she wasn't alone. She had two tall men walking on either side of her."

Psalms 91:11 (NIV) "For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Life’s True Purpose is God's Mission for You

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Personally knowing Jesus Christ, which begins when you make the choice and decision to ask and receive Him into your heart as Lord and Savior, is the greatest decision a person can make in their life. Likewise, He is the greatest gift given to any individual on the earth at any time. This decision and action instantly initiates a miracle— the reconciliation of God and man in forgiveness and relationship. All our sins are washed away. The separation sin created between God and man, is bridged through the forgiveness give by Jesus. We become reunited to God through the sacrifice that Jesus paid upon the cross for our sins.

This is the real beginning of life for a person. The apostle Paul said it like this: “…taking hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Tim 6:19 NIV) Physical life begins at conception, but real life—being born again—God giving birth to our relationship with Him—never really comes to anyone until they come to receive the gift of Jesus Christ as Savior.

Jesus was revealing this truth to the religious ruler Nicodemus to this truth. His heart was open and he was seeking to understand.  We see Jesus teaching him in John 3:1-10 (NIV.)  “Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." "How can this be?" Nicodemus asked. "You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things?”

When a person receives Jesus, a miracle happens, their sins are washed away and the Holy Spirit comes to live in their heart. There is a new birth and their life begins spiritually. The Holy Spirit comes to live within them and opens their eyes to begin seeing the world through God’s eyes. Jesus describes it like this: John 14:17 (NLT) "He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn't looking for him and doesn't recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now...and will be in you." 

The Apostle Paul also wrote about it this 2 Cor. 5:17-18.17 "When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! All these new things are from God who brought us back to himself through what Christ Jesus did. And God has given us the privilege of urging everyone to come into his favor and be reconciled to him."

From that very first moment as a new Christian, we are given a life-long assignment that changes the course of our life. God privileges us with the significant honor of helping others come to know Jesus. “And God has given us the task (the mission) of reconciling people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. This is the wonderful message He has given us to tell others." (2 Cor. 5:19 NLT)

From that first moment of this new spiritual life in Christ, our life takes on new significance and purpose. One receives the most important purpose given mankind—reaching people—anyone who will listen, with the message and touch of God’s love and forgiveness. We help them come to really know what this present life on earth here is truly about: an operation rescue—sharing the love of Jesus to redeem mankind.

Never give up serving God and reaching others with His love. There is nothing more important to God than this. That means there should be nothing more important to us. Ask God to stir you and help you exercise that privilege. He’ll guide you and you’ll find there is nothing more gratifying. It is “…taking hold of the life that truly is life.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Know How to Access Your Lifeline in Times of Trouble

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever been in some kind of activity in the evening, when the sun has started to go down—such as baseball or golf or whatever? As the sunlight diminishes, it quickly gets harder and harder to see clearly. That’s also what happens during tough times. When things get tough, it's like there is an attack on your mind and imagination. Things seem to get dark because of all sorts of discouraging thoughts flooding your mind. Confusion often sets in and it seems more and more difficult to know what to do. If you don't purpose to remember that God has not left you and you are not alone, you can quickly start to feel like you are being swallowed in darkness and hopelessness.

Staying close to God through His Word, through prayer, and through fellowship with other Christians is a lifeline—especially at times like this! Far too many people fail to realize that their friends in God are often led by the Holy Spirit to be a source of encouragement and reminder of God's love. And because they fail to recognize this, they begin to think wrong hopeless thoughts. Before long, that darkness and discouragement causes them to withdraw and loneliness and a sense abandonment and offense sets in—offense toward God and the very friends that could help you. God and friends are not the problem!  The Apostle Paul understood this truth. He’d been through countless times of discouragement, including beating and stoning. Consequently he determined never to fall to this trap. Instead he said,  “... I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.” (Acts 24:16 NKJV) Paul refused to remain offended at anyone!

All of us come up against tough situations at some time or another. Many of us have been in tough situations for a long time. It's easy to get discouraged, but hopelessness has to be resisted. We have to believe God will show us a way and make a way to a better place. We can and should because he promises to help and deliver us. We see God's Word promise His help again and again. Psalms 37:40 (NKJV) "And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him."

No one that has faith in God's Word and truly seeks Him, becomes hopeless. To the person who lives by faith and truly seeks God, God does not live in the shadows. He is not hidden, nor is He far away. God reveals Himself to a seeker. He reveals Himself through His Word, through prayer, through answer to prayer, and through other seekers of God. He reveals himself to the one who lives by faith! When a person becomes hopeless, he has drifted from God. He has drifted from seeking God. He has drifted from searching, meditating on and having faith in the promises of God. I don't care how big the problem is and how difficult a situation may seem, to the seeker of God by faith, God is near and no situation is hopeless.

In Jeremiah 18:12, the Lord is not pleased with His people. He is not pleased because they have stopped trusting Him. Little by little they have drifted from Him. Some stopped paying attention to His ways and drifted over to other gods because in their minds, He was not moving fast enough or in the way they wanted. Others stopped thinking about any god whatsoever. They ended up leaning on themselves for their own wisdom in everything.

In Jeremiah 18:12 (TLB), We can listen in on what the Lord says to them. The Lord is speaking to His people echoing what is coming from their hearts. He says what they are saying about Him: ”Don't waste your breath. This is hopeless. We have no intention whatever of doing what God says. We will continue to live as we want to, free from any restraint, full of stubbornness and wickedness."
The reason hopelessness displeases God so much is that when left undealt with, it will always lead to deception and lead someone away from God. When a person thinks their problem is bigger than God can handle or solve, they are caught up in spiritual pride and selfishness. Your problems aren't too big for God. If you think He is too slow or doesn't care, you just don't know Him well enough to know what a lie that is. You don't know Him well enough to know that His love for you was powerful enough for Him to give His only begotten Son to die for you.

Draw near to God today. Cry to Him from your heart. But then ask Him to lead you through His Word to speak to your heart. Ask Him to send those that know Him to speak into your life. Don't forsake the process of seeking Him. It's not something you can delegate. As James 4:8 (NKJV) says, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you..." He is our blessed hope in all things!

Psalms 9:10 (NIV) "Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Don’t Make or Repeat This Mistake!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I don't think I've ever met someone my age, who hasn't experienced what they felt at the time, was an impossible situation with no apparent solution.  Most have multiple stories to tell.  The Bible is filled with those kinds of stories.

In Genesis, we read about Jacob. He and his family were living at the time of a great famine. There was no more food to be found and he heard there was grain in Egypt. He sent his sons there to buy food and over time, they found that it was their brother Joseph, the one they had sold into slavery that was running the country under Pharaoh.  It is a beautiful story of God's faithfulness and restoration. Joseph had been used to save all of Egypt by saving up for the famine he knew was coming.  Pharaoh loved Joseph for that and invited Joseph's family to come live in Egypt under his care. He even offered to let them live in the land of Goshen, the best land in that part of the world at a time when the world was suffering from famine. Jacob and his sons knew this was a gift from God and the fulfillment of His promise to them.
At the time Jacob and his family moved into Goshen, they grew from fewer than 100 to over one million people over the next four hundred years. As Pharaohs changed, so did their living conditions. Jacob's people, the Israelites, became despised, hated, and slaves of the new Pharaoh of that time.

Then in Exodus we see how God delivered them by the hand of Moses. They witnessed one supernatural event after another. They saw God lead them away from Pharaoh, dividing the Red Sea for them to walk through, and then God letting it close upon and drown Pharaoh's army.  God guided them by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. They saw God supernaturally protect them and provide for them bringing a supernatural food supply called manna from Heaven. Yet through all this, it was one complaint after another. Too many of them really didn’t care about God. They just cared about their daily living conditions. They wanted a genie more than they wanted a God.

Again we hear about their continuous complaints in Exodus 17:1-7(NLT.) “At the Lord's command, the people of Israel left the Sin Desert and moved from place to place. Eventually they came to Rephidim, but there was no water to be found there. So once more the people grumbled and complained to Moses. "Give us water to drink!" they demanded. "Quiet!" Moses replied. "Why are you arguing with me? And why are you testing the Lord?" But tormented by thirst, they continued to complain, "Why did you ever take us out of Egypt? Why did you bring us here? We, our children, and our livestock will all die!" Complaining, blaming either God or Moses, and attacking those around them. This is what people do when they are under pressure and have little or no faith in God.

The verses continue: “Then Moses pleaded with the Lord, "What should I do with these people? They are about to stone me!" The Lord said to Moses, "Take your shepherd's staff, the one you used when you struck the water of the Nile. Then call some of the leaders of Israel and walk on ahead of the people. I will meet you by the rock at Mount Sinai. Strike the rock, and water will come pouring out. Then the people will be able to drink." Moses did just as he was told; and as the leaders looked on, water gushed out. Moses named the place Massah—"the place of testing"—and Meribah—"the place of arguing"—because the people of Israel argued with Moses and tested the Lord by saying, "Is the Lord going to take care of us or not?"

How could these people have approached God and Moses with such unbelief? They could have remembered everything God had done for them and their forefathers. They could have come in an attitude of worship and said, “Moses, we know you are led by God and that God is with us. He has revealed Himself and His love to us over and over again. We have come to worship Him and thank Him with you. We would rather die in this desert thirsty in praise of Him than under the evil hand of Pharaoh. Please lead us in worship and thanks.” If that had happened, not only would they have seen God’s provision, but also Moses would not have named the place for testing and arguing.

When you enter into what appears as an impossible situation, can you pause and reflect what God has done for you in the past? Can you remember Jesus' words in Luke 18:27 (NIV) "What is impossible with men is possible with God." Can you remember and be thankful and trust God who loved you so much, He gave His Son to save you from your sins? Can you pray in faith believing and bow down in prayer and lay your situation at the feet of Jesus?  This and this place alone is where God's love and your deliverance comes from. God showed us the mistakes and wrong attitudes of times past, so that we would not repeat those attitudes and behaviors in our life today!

Worship and thank God for His love through Jesus Christ, and His love and deliverance for us all. Have faith in God! Have faith in His promises to you!

Psalm 95:6-9 “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Live For Today!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Live for Today       Author Unknown

There are two days in every week that we should not worry about; two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.

Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the power in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed nor can we erase a single word we've said for yesterday is gone! Of course this is the very reason Jesus taught this truth in Matthew 6:27 (NIV) "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"

The other day we shouldn't worry about is tomorrow with its impossible adversaries, its burden, its hopeful promise and poor performance.

Tomorrow is beyond our control and tomorrow's sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, however it will rise and until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow for it is yet unborn. And this is the very reason Jesus taught this truth in Matthew 6:34 (NLT) “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

This leaves only one day - today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives people to despair, it is the remorse of bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.

So therefore . . . live and enjoy one day at a time and that day is today.

Psalms 118:24 (NIV) “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Adapting Reduces Strife and Fighting

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever heard the expression, pick your battles? Great truth resides within that statement and it is what God is trying to teach us in Ephesians 5:21(NIV)  Husbands and wives are instructed: "Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ."  

I've talked about this in the past but feel impressed to do so again today.

People usually misunderstand this word submit perceiving it as if it's talking about turning yourself over to be dominated by someone. This verse is really teaching us that as husbands and wives, we need to learn to adapt to each other with whole-hearted respect out of love and reverence to each other and to God.

Let me share some of Renee’s and my adapting. When Renee gets into bed at night, she does not go to sleep until after she has spent a fair amount of reading time. We’ll pray together and then she usually reads until she's ready to fall asleep. She reads because she loves to read, but also to mentally disconnect from a busy mind. Because I fall asleep quickly and she likes to read, we've adapted how we go to bed so that it works perfectly for us. This is the process of respecting and adapting (or submitting) out of love for each other.

Renee wakes groggy up in the morning but the wheels of her mind begin to turn immediately. It actually helps her wake up. She gets up, puts on the coffee, and heads off to pray and call her mother to say good morning. She puts the thoughts of the pending day aside and instead focuses on the Word, prayer, and often journaling her thoughts from the Lord.

I wake up fairly alert in the morning. I wake up thanking the Lord for being my Savior and Lord of my life. I then, most often, slip into praying in tongues, or creating a melody and song of worship to the Lord. It was something I purposed to learn to do many years ago that has become instinctive for me today. I then go get my 20-30 minute workout in and get showered and ready for my day. I then head off to my place of prayer and quiet time with the Lord that prepares me to write Fresh Manna. We each love our separate morning routines and have adapted to giving each other space for them. We want each other to get off to a good day and support each other in it. We then sit down for some short face time with each other after and then it’s off to work. When our children were younger, our routine was completely different but helpful and respectful to the needs of each other.

Renee likes me to put my shoes in the closet. I used to always leave them out. I've adapted. I ask her not to hang her purse on our closet door handle. She's adapted. She doesn't want me shaking my hands after I wash them because I splash the mirror. She wants me to use the hand towel. I've adapted. I ask her to keep her cell phone on and answer it when I call so I can get a hold of her. She’s adapted!  I could go on and on but here’s the point: we try to understand what helps and is important to each other and adapt so that we bless each other—not work against each other.

God tells us to submit or adapt to each other in the context of instructing men and women how to love each other. God does not expect anyone to adapt to rudeness, disrespect, or slothful habits. We all have our little idiosyncrasies or needs that could drive each other crazy. It is often our spouse, through the process of adapting, that helps us overcome even those out of respect and love for each other.

Adapting, loving, and appreciating each other makes life with each other pleasant and defuses many potential battles that Satan would like to create. Learning to adapt because you love your spouse and making changes to bless them is the execution of love. Do it and you will find much more love and joy in your lives and love bank. You will also find that you have rid yourself of a multitude of stupid and insignificant battles forever! Hallelujah! Oh yes, and one more thing: you’ll find that this principle works with everyone—not just your spouse!

1 Corinthians 10:33 (NLT) I, too, try to please (be agreeable and adapt to) everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me..."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Stop Being Ripped Off By the Devil

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever had anything stolen from you? I have a few times over my life. I've never liked it. One time it really made me mad. Someone had broken into our car and stolen Renee’s purse. If you had something valuable stolen like your car for example, you would most likely call the police. Why would you call the police? For two reasons: one being, to hopefully get your car back, and the second hoping they would catch the thief.

Did you know that Jesus called Satan the thief? In John 10:10 (NLT) Jesus said, “The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.”


Satan works to steal much more than tangible things from us. He works to steal any good thing from God that blesses our life—including relationships, family, church, job, and so much more. This is important to know because you will never defend against what you don’t know is being stolen or who stole it.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) gives us insight saying "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." What is this verse saying? That demonic forces work behind the scenes of life to steal, kill, and destroy. They are the real problem in our life not people.

We do have natural recourse when things are stolen, but the most important thing you could ever do is understand spiritually who your enemy is and then understand the covenant promise God has given you. God promises us through Deuteronomy 28:7 (NKJV) “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways."

When we have identified Satan's attack and thievery in our lives, it is imperative to note it, and declare it. Say with authority in the name of Jesus, "Satan, this is your work and you have tried to steal from me, what God has given to me. You are a thief and I rebuke and bind you from stealing God's blessings from my life in Jesus Name." We may not always be able to see every attack coming or immediately stop every negative thing that Satan tries to bring our way, but, when we do, it’s time to stand in faith and use the weapons of our warfare that God has given us. They are powerful and effective and will produce results.


2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NKJV) says "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds." This means we do not fight demonic attacks with guns, or knives or material weapons. We fight them through our words and prayer in faith and the authority of the name of Jesus!

Our spiritual maturity and growth in God will develop over time as we stay close to the Lord. As we learn to catch and resist the thief, we actually begin to slow down and shut out many demonic attacks and influences from our life. The devil will be on the run, your life will experience much greater peace, and you will begin to take back what the devil has stolen from you!

Deuteronomy 28:7 “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Motivational Ra-Ra is Not Enough!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A person  sent me basic fundamentals of a new religion they were following with the encouragement that this will improve my life. This is what was given me that I should say and practice today:

• Just for today, I will not be angry.
• Just for today, I will not worry.
• Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
• Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing.
• Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.

These principles to follow will work, not because of this new religion, but because they are God’s biblical principles. They are simply repackaged into something new to follow. God’s principles do work in the earth, but they always fall short without an understanding of the gift of Jesus Christ that makes a living relationship with God possible. New religions and philosophical lifestyles are nothing new. They are a curse if they lead you to believe that your life can be better or complete without Jesus. That is what they attempt to do! Jesus warned that many false religions would surface, especially in the last days saying, "Jesus said, 'Don't let anyone mislead you. For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Messiah.' They will lead many astray.'” Matthew 24:4-5 (NLT)

The creations of false religions and philosophical lifestyles aren't a new problem. Isaiah talked about God’s people having gone astray, deceived by the false gods back then. God spoke through Isaiah about this and the foolishness of it.

We read this in Isaiah 44:13-20 (NIV)  “The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in the form of man, of man in all his glory, that it may dwell in a shrine. He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak… Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, "Ah! I am warm; I see the fire." From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, "Save me; you are my god." They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, "Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?" He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"

There is only one God! He is Almighty. He sent His Son Jesus to die and take the punishment we deserved for our sins upon Himself. This is a gift of His love and desire to reconcile us to Himself. When we receive the gift of Jesus Christ into our hearts, His Holy Spirit comes to live within us and opens our eyes to the biblical truths that do work in our lives. They don’t work just as good principles to follow. They work because we have a living, breathing relationship with the one true God that leads us and guides us by His Holy Spirit. And what we do must be motivated from a pure heart of love with Him leading us in our life. This is what makes biblical principles work.

To teach principles or philosophies that are biblically based without a relationship with Jesus Christ is to be the person that creates an idol from a piece of wood, using part to heat his fire and part to worship a false God. They result in becoming mislead and misleading others.

If you know Jesus today, praise Him that He has revealed Himself to you and that you are instructed how to walk in His ways, motivated by His love. If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, you can learn how to receive Him into your heart here. Invite Jesus into my heart

Acts 4:12 “There is salvation in no one other than Jesus Christ! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, April 10, 2015

The Man on the Fence

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The Man on the Fence - A Parable (Author Unknown)

There was a large group of people gathered. On one side of the group stood a man, Jesus. On the other side stood another, Satan. Separating them was a fence running through the group.

Both Jesus and Satan began calling to people in the group.

One by one, each having made up his or her own mind, went to either Jesus or Satan. This kept going for a time.

Soon enough, Jesus had gathered around him, a group of people from the larger crowd, as did Satan.

One man joined neither group. He climbed the fence that was there and sat on it.

Jesus and his people left and disappeared, and so too did Satan and his people.

The man on the fence sat alone.

As this man sat, Satan came back, looking for something which he appeared to have lost. The man said, "Have you lost something?" Satan looked straight at him and replied, "No, come with me."

The man said, "But I sat on the fence. I chose neither you nor him." Satan said, "That's okay; I own the fence."

Matthew 12:30 (NIV) Jesus said, "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Managing Anger Before it Becomes Sin

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was a young man and newly married, I was at a different emotional level. I was young. I was immature. I was a new Christian just beginning to learn the Bible and how God wanted us to conduct our life. And I was making plenty of mistakes in learning how to be a good husband.  I wore my emotions on my sleeve and would occasionally feel provoked by my new wife who was also young and immature. I would periodically erupt like a volcanic eruption. I am ashamed of those days. I thank God for His transforming word and the ever-present help of the Holy Spirit who helped me completely change and mature. And I am so glad that those years are now so far in the past.

Anger is a valid emotion, but one that has a boundary whose line can too easily be crossed. We are instructed in Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV) “In your anger do not sin…” This verse is instructional and insightful. God clearly teaches us that anger in itself is not sin, but that it can be carried to the point of sin. If we continue to read we also find out that when anger does cross its boundary, it can give the devil a foothold. That literally means “giving the devil occupancya place to dwell.”

For some people, their anger not only crosses the line of inappropriateness into sinning, but they are practically inviting the devil to sit down at their table and sign a long-term lease to live with them. How does that happen?

Anger unrestrained will lead to all kinds of outbursts that cause regret. People that sin in their anger seldom stay on the issue they are angry over. They often draw past offenses and hurts from life's archives, to the scene. This causes anger to swell like the beginning of a volcano. As anger gets worse, clear thinking has left the room and irrational thinking which provokes more anger, leads to rage! Unbridled anger or rage leads to irrational behavior that can then lead into every kind of evil. James 3:16 says it like this, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”

As words begin to erupt from this anger, they begin to flow like lava and the devil now has a foothold. The words will be destructive and do damage to anyone in its path. In many cases, those words do long term damage that people may or may not recover from. If they do recover, they leave scars in the memory banks that only Jesus can remove through supernatural forgiveness.

Gods wisdom tells us the danger in letting our anger cross the boundaries of inappropriateness.

Proverbs 27:4 (NIV) says, “Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming…” Prov 14:17 (NIV) says, “A quick-tempered man does foolish things….

You need to take on God’s temperament. Psalms 103:8 (KJV) reveals, “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” God isn't expecting people to meet His perfection. He had Jesus come and do that. Jesus was the only one who could. God is driven by love to help people make progress with great patience.

To keep anger from turning to rage, limit yourself to how much you think about or mull it over. Speak few words about it as words cause anger to grow. Pray to ask God help you forgive. Seek forgiveness for your own personal faults at the time of your anger toward someone else. Finally, pray for that person from a spirit of love and faith with the sincere desire to help them. If you don't feel like it, do it anyway by faith because God instructs you to. When you do this, you'll find that your emotions will follow your faith. The other person may or may not respond right to your efforts but regardless, do what's right and the situation will keep from getting worse and most likely get better. Practice this continually and God will do a work in you and change your character and help you mature.  And in the big picture, like me, you'll be so glad—and be so blessed!

Proverbs 16:32 (NIV) "Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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