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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Creating Trust and Immovable Faith

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever experienced what are seemingly impossible circumstances to overcome? I know people personally that are in this place at this moment. This is always a good time to take an honest measurement of your heart condition. What’s there? Fear? Anxiety? Discouragement? Depression? Hopelessness? Faith? Peace? Trust? What's going on in you concerning what you face?

What’s going on in your mind? Are you at peace? Are you trusting God and walking things out in that trust a step at a time? Do you have confidence that God is with you and helping you? Or, are you struggling with anxiety and fear?

What does God want for you? What is His will for you throughout a difficult situation? That is a question that has to become settled and immovable in your heart. Does God want you in anxiety and fear?

1 John 4:18 (NKJV) says, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love."

Through this verse, God is telling you that fear isn’t to be a part of your life because fear is a demonic force. To the contrary, God is love and love drives out fear. It also says fear is tormenting. The word for torment also associates that fear coming from a fear of punishment. You are made perfect in love when you know that Jesus paid the punishment for your sins and so, no matter what is going on in your life, He is not punishing you! He has forgiven you! He loves you. He is with you. He wants to help you! A heart revelation of that truth creates what He calls perfect love! Perfect love is really all about perfect trust!

Anxiety is not from Him. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) says, “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.”

In order to not be anxious, you really need your heart immovable regarding three things: God’s love for you, what Jesus accomplished for you, and knowing what He has promised you today! If a barrage of negative circumstances and evil reports are tormenting your mind and emotions, then you don’t know these things. If you don’t, it will result in fear and anxiety having dominion over you! This is why the Apostle Paul said to “guard your heart and mind – in Christ Jesus.” In other words, in trusting in His love for you! This is how fear is defeated! It’s not something you can manipulate. It’s not a magic formula! It’s a heart revelation of His love made perfect in you. It creates trust and immovable faith!

Paul talks about how that is created! He says,  "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17 (NKJV) In other words, faith builds in our heart by hearing God's instruction and promises over and over and over again. And then Paul says, “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you have learned, heard from, and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9  NLT)

Know that Paul isn’t just telling us to think about “nice” things. The Greek words mean take a personal inventory of your thoughts and see if they line up with what God is telling you to set your mind on. He is telling us to come to get a grip through the study of God’s Word, the love He has for you and what He promises to you through His covenant with you! His promises are your inheritance but if you don’t know what they are, how can they benefit you?

Remember that if there was a target for you to aim for, and there is; it's to live in God’s supernatural peace in difficult times. That peace comes from having trust in God’s love and forgiveness and help toward you! That is not a formula! That is a relationship! And that is why Paul said “present your prayers and requests to God with thanksgiving.” You will only truly thank Him if you believe it to be the truth! That is the measurement of your faith!

Galatians 3:29 (NLT) “And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Necessity and Purpose of Fasting Before the Lord

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I am only 62 years old and am a young grandfather. I am still working and as busy in life as I’ve ever been. That sometimes bothers me when I think about my grandchildren. When my children had all gotten married, I began to envision having grandchildren and having all the time in the world to be with them when that day came.
Now that I have six of them, I've come to the reality that it's not quite what I envisioned. I don't have all the free time I wish I had and they don't all live in Minnesota with Renee and I. My daughter and her family are missionaries in Peru and two of my three sons live in other states. Travel has become a necessity to see all but one of my grandchildren.

For my one grandson Harrison, who does live in town, I have to set special time aside—consecrated time to see and spend time with him. The time with them is precious and special and truly refreshes me on the intensity of my love for them, and on the influence I desire to have in their life.

Fasting before God is like this. It's consecrated and precious time to be focused on my love for the Lord by reading His Word, praying, and to reflecting on how I am living my life out before Him—making sure He is the priority of my life.

To God, sincere fasting is a holy thing.  Fasting is about consecration—about emptying yourself of all the distractions that knock you off course in your relationship with Him.

God would often call His priests and people to consecrate themselves. There are two primary words used in the Hebrew for consecration. One means to be filled—as to be filled or replenished wholly with the thoughts and the purposes of God. The other means to receive from God’s open hand to yours—His power, His direction, and His anointing so that you may once again, be His agent—His voice and hands in the earth.

Not eating is about denying or restraining your flesh. You can’t live a God-life in this earth without learning to restrain your flesh when necessary. It’s not about weight-loss. That would simply and naturally be a by-product but should not play into its purpose.

A time of consecration and fasting doesn’t mean you can’t work or go about your day. It just means purposely having a greater degree of focus on you relationship and communication with God while resisting the distraction of your whining flesh. Fasting is a time to refresh yourself in the Word of God. Fasting is special and focused period of time where you consecrate yourself to reflect on your life's transformation through God’s power—learning to say yes or to do what is right and what God is leading you to do for Him, and getting your flesh under the control of the Holy Spirit by practicing saying no to what you know is wrong. Fasting is a time of refocusing on the fact that you are the hands, the feet, and the mouth of Jesus in this earth. It is a time of refreshing yourself in the truth that you have been given power—the power of the Holy Spirit within you to walk through life with grace—His supernatural help to accomplish what He puts before you.

God spoke strongly to His people through the prophet Isaiah about fasting and they were intense words not to be taken lightly. His purpose for fasting becomes clear and I assure you again, fasting has strong purpose but it isn’t about weight loss.

Isaiah 58:1-14 (NLT) Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Tell my people Israel of their sins! Yet they act so pious! They come to the Temple every day and seem delighted to hear my laws. You would almost think this was a righteous nation that would never abandon its God. They love to make a show of coming to me and asking me to take action on their behalf. 'We have fasted before you!' they say. 'Why aren't you impressed? We have done much penance, and you don't even notice it!' "I will tell you why! It's because you are living for yourselves even while you are fasting. You keep right on oppressing your workers. What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarreling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me. You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like a blade of grass in the wind. You dress in sackcloth and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the Lord? "No, the kind of fasting I want calls you to free those who are wrongly imprisoned and to stop oppressing those who work for you. Treat them fairly and give them what they earn. I want you to share your food with the hungry and to welcome poor wanderers into your homes. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. "If you do these things, your salvation will come like the dawn. Yes, your healing will come quickly. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the Lord will answer. 'Yes, I am here,' he will quickly reply. "Stop oppressing the helpless and stop making false accusations and spreading vicious rumors! Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as day. The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Your children will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as the people who rebuild their walls and cities. "Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don't pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the Lord's holy day. Honor the Lord in everything you do, and don't follow your own desires or talk idly. If you do this, the Lord will be your delight. I will give you great honor and give you your full share of the inheritance I promised… I, the Lord, have spoken!"

Fasting is a special and holy time with the Lord. It’s the time to change from distraction and lip-service to intimacy and purpose. Engage in it. It will change your life! But please, don’t call it dieting. It's not. It's fasting before the Lord!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Is Your Fire For God Growing Hot or Cold?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Summer is here and we've had some amazingly beautiful evenings. A couple of weeks ago on a beautiful, clear-sky, slightly cool evening, I decided it was the perfect night to build a fire in the fire pit in our garden.

Once it was built, I coaxed Renee to come down and sit with me and enjoy the evening and fire.  It's funny how you can sit and watch the flames and enjoy the beauty of a campfire for so long.

Every so often, the flames started to get smaller and one of us would have to stir up the fire by adding another log or two and blowing on the embers to get it burning strong again—that is if we wanted the fire to keep on burning.  We talked about and reflected on how much this reminded us of our spiritual life with the Lord.

God is the one who built a fire in us to love and serve Him. It certainly took no small amount of work for Him to kindle that flame in us, but once it got going, it became red-hot—just like this fire we were trying to keep hot. But over the years, we've realized that even a red hot fire for God can grow cold if that “fire” within us isn’t stoked and stirred up. And how does that happen? When we ask Him to speak to our hearts as we read His Word, as we pray, as we serve Him, and as we reach out to others with His love. Stoking the fire for the Christ-life that God has put in our heart is something we all have to do daily. If we don't, the flames shrink and the embers eventually go cold. But, when we do stir up that fire out of a sincere love and appreciation for God, then just like the fire in the fire pit, we get to watch and experience the beauty of the presence and joy it brings into our life.

II Timothy 1:6 AMP ~ That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you…

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

God's Plan to Grow Your Peace and Shrink Your Problems

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One morning as I was praying and worshipping the Lord, the Lord clearly spoke to me. What He said to me was a fresh word to my heart. By that I mean that I had never had the thought He was imparting to me before. As I was worshipping Him He spoke to my heart and said, Tim, worship isn't for my benefit. When the Lord speaks to me He usually doesn't say a lot. He'll make a statement and then as I think and pray about what He has said, His words—sometimes scriptures or stories from the Word—will instantly come to mind and I know the Lord is teaching me and revealing more of Himself to me. I'm not ego deprived. That was all I heard. I just began to meditate further and think about what the Lord had spoken. It was if the lights came on.

As I began to think about what the Lord said, I heard more. I heard Him say, I am a worshiper of God and have been since I gave my life to Jesus. I was so thankful for Him saving me that I always wanted to find ways to express my thanks and love to Him. Besides that, the Word of God instructs us to worship the Lord. Psalms 40:4 (NLT) says, "Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols." 

The Lord deserves our worship and I've never questioned it. Yet now I could see worship in a new light. The Lord said, Tim, worship isn't for my benefit. The Lord was showing me that worshipping Him was for my benefit not His. It was so easy to see. It's so true!

Sometimes life seems like more than a plateful. As a man, a husband, a father, a pastor, a son, a brother, a friend, and a Christian, it can sometimes seem like there are so many responsibilities—so many things I should do and do well. I want to be good at every one of these things. I want to be diligent to each of these areas of my life. Because I do, it brings me to this simple truth. Outside of God, I can't do it. Jesus warned us of that. In John 15:5 (NIV) He said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

When I’ve tried to be all these things and do them well, I've either failed or felt overwhelmed. God never created us to live outside His grace and strength and help. The grace of God is His supernatural help given to us to do all things He has given us to do, well! He knew we'd feel overwhelmed without Him. He wanted us to lean on and count on Him and His grace. When we'd learn to really focus on the magnitude of our God and upon the covenant we have with Him—when we’d meditate on His love for us that surpasses human understanding, when we’d come to truly believe in His desire and willingness to help us, then we’d lean on Him. Only then will we ask and have faith in His grace to help us. We'd gain strength that would help us look anything in the eye and be able to handle it. When we do, then we'll feel like the writer of Psalms 46:1-3 (NLT) who rejoiced saying “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!”

You have to admit, if we were anywhere near mountains falling into the sea and or caught in the roaring seas, we’d be shaking in our boots. These are the kinds of things that cause instant panic. But the revelation that is being shared is that when God is worshipped and magnified for who He is, His love toward us and His presence within us grows and His grace is manifest as peace and trust. As a revelation of His love grows within us. We see the greatness of His power and love and our problems and feelings of being overwhelmed shrink in the light of His faithfulness. Then we are strengthened to take on the day and the challenges before us a step at a time, knowing His grace is there to help us!

Psalms 95:6-7 (NIV) "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.

Psalms 34:3 (NKJV) "Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Authority: How Do You Exercise This Office?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Authority is a part of life. When authority is exercised the way God intended it to be used, it will maximize knowledge and wisdom, provide protection, and establish order. Authority was designed to prevail against chaos, abuse, and rebellion. Let's get a better understanding by looking at Romans 13:1-2. “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

When people read these scriptures, I think many go on tilt because they think of abusive governments or leaders who are in authority. They think, How could God have raised them up into authority when they are so evil? That is a reasonable thought but let me help you understand these verses so that they make sense to you. The verses are telling us that God establishes or raises up offices of authority. The office is the position that carries the responsibilities, obligations, privileges and authority to lead and govern. The offices are different dependent upon the levels of responsibility placed upon them. The office (or position) of President of the United States is different from the office of the Governor of a State, is different from the office of a parent.

God establishes the office. It's the office of authority that has "been established by God." That includes the office of a spouse and parent. 1 Timothy 3:4 says, "... He must (execute his authority) and manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect..." God expects everyone to respect the office.

Obviously there are people in offices that are almost impossible to respect. The office is there for the good of people but not everyone that stands in the office of authority fulfills his or her position rightly. This is why God says in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV) "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone--  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."

When people obey God and pray for those in authority, they are exercising their faith. He is pleased by and honors faith. Through it He raises up godly leaders into office. The Old Testament bears out that when God's people backslid and no longer worshipped and served Him, and because they quit praying, it resulted in evil and ungodly leadership fulfilling offices of authority.

Authority is something that most people hate in their carnal nature. They don't want someone over them telling them what to do or making decisions for them. Why? One reason is because most people have been abused by someone in authority. But, all of us have also abused our own God-given authority at some point. Husbands abuse authority with their wives. Parents abuse it with their children. Let's face it, when we have authority and power it's too easy to just tell people what to do without regard for the responsibility of how to execute that authority properly.

As a boss, spouse, or parent, it's easy to wear your bad attitude around just because you have a degree of authority. It's easy to misuse your authority and abuse others. That means you have to appreciate what God has given you, and through prayer and the help of the Holy Spirit, execute that office carefully.

I recently worked a long week, was tired, and feeling exhausted. I woke up feeling grumpy. Everything seemed to be bugging me. As I was driving to work, the Lord began to minister to me and quickly pulled me out of it. I could hear the Lord say, Take authority over your attitude. Bless those around you! That nudge from the Lord was all it took. In that instant I changed my attitude. I always try to be a blessing to my employees but made sure that morning that I was! It turned into a great day and I went to bed early that night to catch up on my sleep.

When we think of authority, we usually think of high offices of authority. Authority starts in your life and in your heart. You may complain about politicians being corrupt. Instead focus on how you execute authority. Are you a dictator or a blessing? Is someone praying for you because of their love and respect for you, or praying that God replace you?

God gives authority to be used correctly. He wants us to use it to pull families, employees and people together as a team to get the best results in the goals we have set. He wants us to use it in a godly way and for the protection of others—not self-serving!  He wants us to use it to be an influence for Him and demonstrate what godly authority looks like! You know the pressures you face in life. Those in higher positions of authority also face great challenges. We all need God's grace to execute it and we all need to pray for those who are in authority over us! Those in authority benefit when heart-felt prayer is made for them. And they are replaced by God when those in authority ignore His leading and abuse their power. So let us pray for and let us use the authority God has given us rightly!

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV) "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone--  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Heartwarming to Watch: The Orangutan and the Hound

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by Pastor Tim Burt



This is really a fun heartwarming video to watch!



In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Who You Want to Be Mentored By

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Did you know that people pay good money to be mentored or coached? They do! Many times when people want to experience higher levels of achievement and success, they hire personal trainers, coaches, or mentors that observe their thinking and behavior so they can make suggestions and create accountability for improvement. One definition for mentored is “to be instructed by a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.”  A definition for coach is, "a person responsible for training or managing a person or team." Did you know that the greatest mentor and coach of all time wants to coach and mentor you for free?

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NIV) says, “May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through…” Did you catch the words "May God Himself... sanctify you..." The word sanctify means to be set apart. What does God want to set us apart from? He want us do be set apart from the world in regards to thinking and acting differently. The world creates its own boundaries and priorities (or lack of them) which are far from what God's are. God wants us set apart in our perspective of how we approach life, in how we think through life, and in how we speak, act, and walk out our day-to-day life. He wants to mentor and coach us in that!

We just read that God Himself will help us accomplish that. It begins with holding Him in our heart with reverence as Almighty God. He is all-knowing and we are not! He knows what is good and just and right and we do not. He knows how He made us, what fuels our passion, and how He wants to use us in this earth. At the same time, He wants to be a Father to us. That is His heart behind the words, "May God Himself..." It's pretty amazing that the God of the universe Himself wants to be a Father to us. In being a Father, He desires to mentor and coach us. I don't know if you are aware of how many professional athletes have children who then also become athletes. Why does that happen? Because their dad mentored and coached them!

Over the years, I’ve had many people ask me if I would be a mentor to them. I do not have the resource of time available to mentor people one-on-one. I've told them if they want to be mentored by me, they will simply have to be a part of what I am doing and become a part of my leadership team. My leadership is more exposed to my thinking and doing than most and they can learn from listening and observing. (And of course they can read Fresh Manna!) I am just a man and just one man. I can only accomplish so much. That's the very reason we want to be mentored by God. He is not limited. He is really the only one that is absolutely capable of steering each and every individual into right thinking and the plan for their life. Knowing this then—knowing that the God of the universe loves you so much that He wants to set you apart and mentor you personally, is truly a mind-boggling statement of just how awesome and loving the Lord is. The way He will mentor you is through His Holy Spirit whom lives within every person who has accepted Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will take the Word of God and bring understanding to your heart, so that you can understand God's ways. This is a very special and supernatural thing. It is what allows you to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the God of the universe.

Now as today's Fresh Manna verse continues, it says, "May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through...” What does that mean, "...through and through?"


God wants to teach you how to think through each decision in your life from His perspective. How do we do that? That could lead to volumes of writing. The simplest way to hear from God’s Holy Spirit in a practical ongoing way is for you to ask yourself, What would Jesus think and do? When you put that question over and over before the Lord, and you practice reading His word daily, you'll see God speak to your heart and bring you those answers. He'll teach you, not condemn you when you don't get it right. He'll coach you to try again and again until it's become a part of you—through and through. As you put it to work in your life, God will remind you that the motivation and love is what makes all your efforts work. Galatians 5:6 (NIV) “…faith expressing itself through love.” You have to have faith that God is mentoring you and HE WILL help you think through every situation. But, you also have to make sure your heart is guided by the spirit of God’s love. God’s love is filled with forgiveness, mercy, and grace toward you, and that must be how you think it through toward others. This is the rudder to good decisions and to being mentored through and through by God Himself.

Psalm 143:10 (NLT)  “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

You Are the Prevailing Church!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Does it ever seem like your are surrounded by more than a few people who are experiencing difficult situations? Because I am a Pastor in a large church, I assume I see more that the average person, yet I think we all have these people around us. You may be one of those in a difficult situation!

When people are forced to navigate life's difficult challenges, negative thoughts, too often, come like a flood.  The devil is the ultimate pessimist and will gladly lead you to think about every dark, discouraging outcome your situation could result in. It's his playground and he'd like to bring you there. Actually, it's easy to recognize when you're thought-life is being lured there, if you will only pay attention.  I've learned over the years, to guard my thought-life like a fortress, and to always lead it to God's perspective and promises. When thoughts of doom and gloom make their entrance, I immediately reject them and cast them down as instructed in 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."  

When you made Jesus your personal Lord and Savior, you became His child and you became a part of the church. It is Jesus who spoke to us of His prevailing power.  Matthew 16:18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

This verse has been misunderstood by too religious people. It has been taken as Jesus raising up Peter as the head of the church. That isn’t what Jesus was saying. Prior to this statement, Jesus had asked His disciples “Who do people think I am?” They had responded saying, “Well," they replied, "Some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets." But Jesus asked them, "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in Heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.” Matthew 16:14-17 (NLT)

When we read “upon this rock I will build my church,” the rock is revelation knowledge—God the Father revealing His heart directly to Peter’s heart about who Jesus really was and what His mission was about. This is what Jesus was referring to when He said, “Upon this rock I will build my church.” Jesus was saying that each and every believer of Jesus Christ would be capable of hearing from the heart of God with the help of the Holy Spirit through scripture. Together we would become His mighty church hearing directly from God and able to discern the lies of Satan. God was now able to speak His promises directly to our heart instead of going through a priest so that our faith would become strong and fearless and “the gates of Hell would not prevail against God’s us—the church.”

Proverbs 28:1 says, “Those walking contrary to God’s ways flee from fear though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” No one is pursuing them, yet the fear generated in their mind leads them to panic and jump ship! The righteous are bold because we can cast down those fear-mongering thoughts from Satan, knowing God will lead us to prevail!

You and I are the prevailing church! We can have an intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We can personally seek Him through His word. His Word will speak promise and faith to our heart. He will lift us out of doubt, unbelief and fear. We will rise up, overcome and prevail. Boldness from faith in His promises is what will cause us to be a light to the lost and fearful world.

When trouble come, I'll make the devil pay for his attempts to rob me of my sleep. During the night, instead of tossing and turning, I spent time praising and worshipping the Lord. I'll pray God’s promises over people and their negative situations. I will preach messages of hope, encouragement and promise.  “The gates of Hell will not prevail against the church.” I will prevail and make the devil pay! How about you?

Psalms 34:19 (NLT) "The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time." 




In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

God Will Graciously Help You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was young living under my parents instruction and guidance, they were there to stop my wrong behavior, attitude, and wrong thinking (if they knew what it was,) on a dime. They would firmly but lovingly discipline me, instruct me, and help persuade me to change my ways.

That was great and appropriate for them, and what parents should do for their children. But then we grow up, hit adult age, and because we have, it becomes inappropriate for our parents to discipline us, instruct us, and influence our lives in the same way they did when we were children. Parents that continue to maintain those forms of parenting disciplines with their adult children, typically end up with dysfunctional children. So, there we are, grown up with no one to jerk us out of bad or squirrelly behaviors or thinking. That creates a potential dilemma for us because we need someone or something to occasionally jerk us out of misguided attitudes and behaviors.

That is one of the reasons I love the Lord so very much! When you’ve received Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior, God sends His Holy Spirit to live within you.  You instantly have something the rest of the world does not. 1 Cor. 2:12 & 14-15 (NLT) says, “And God has actually given us His Spirit (not the world's spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us…But people who aren't Christians can't understand these truths from God's Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them because only those who have the Spirit can understand what the Spirit means. We who have the Spirit understand these things, but others can't understand us at all.” We have God’s Holy Spirit living within us—whether the world understands it or not! What a fantastic gift from God!

Because the Holy Spirit indwells us, we have His help to turn us from wrong or squirrelly thinking and behaviors on a dime—if we will yield ourselves to Him.

One day a few weeks ago, something Renee was doing was bugging me. She is so sweet that she’d never do anything to intentionally bug me and it wasn’t really her. It was the pressure of my busy schedule getting to me. It began to affect my attitude, which she, in turn picked up on. She knew something was bothering me and that only made her feel defensive. With that, I had laid the groundwork for a fight; something that we seldom ever do anymore. Suddenly the Holy Spirit brought verses from 1 Corinthians 13 about love to my heart. As I began to think about them, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Remind me again why you love Renee so much.” As I began to think about that, it was like a faucet opened. All the reasons I love her flooded in. The Holy Spirit had turned my squirrelly thinking around in a moment’s time! I walked up to her, put my arms around her, and began to tell her why I loved her so much. That led to delightful things if you know what I mean. And the devil's efforts to get us to fight were defeated!

I don’t have dad and mom around telling me when I am being a bad boy and I prefer my wife doesn’t take that role. But if that’s the case, then I need someone to help me, and the Lord is the perfect one to do that. He knows me better than anyone and He has every perfect answer and method to get my attention, speak to my heart, and help me—that is if I will acknowledge His presence and listen.

Is acknowledging His presence important?  It is key to receiving the love and help God wants to give you!  Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, and He will make your paths straight.” In this verse, you see many words that each speak their own message. The one I want to point you to is “acknowledge.” It says, “…acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your paths straight.” Acknowledging God is to bring Him into your thoughts and into the moment. The word acknowledge has everything to do with jerking the slack out of us and turning wrong behaviors and thinking on a dime. The word acknowledge comes from a Hebrew word that implies being able to know and see the instruction and reproof necessary that comes from God’s heart of love. When we draw God into the moment because we want His input and we are willing to receive it, then He can “…make our paths straight.” 

I am so thankful I have a Heavenly Father and loving Savior that fills me with His Spirit to help catch me when I begin to think and act wrongly and instantly move me to a right path! Praise the name of Jesus!

Hebrews 12:6   The Lord educates, instructs, and trains those He loves, and brings correction to those He accepts as His children.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, June 08, 2015

Building a Truly Rich Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Howard Hughes, was one of the richest men of his day and yet he finished his life sickly and as a recluse. He left an estate valued at about $2 billion. Four hundred prospective heirs tried to inherit it but it eventually went to twenty-two cousins on both sides of his family. Nevada, California, and Texas sued for inheritance-tax claims that went before the Supreme Court on three occasions. Hughes Aircraft ended up in the hands of Hughes Medical Institute, which sold it to General Motors in 1985 for $5 billion. Ten hotels and casinos in Las Vegas and Reno remained with Summa Corporation. Here is a question to ponder. Although many people profited from his life, did he?

Instead of asking that question about him, we should ask it of ourselves. Mark 8:36 (NIV) says, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?"  You can accumulate assets all your life, yet forfeit real profit—the things God places value on. So what can cause us to profit within our lives? The answer is clear in God’s Word. We profit when we have God's purposes and God's motives at the center of all we do.

God's purpose in everything we do has to ultimately revolve around influencing people in the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. That doesn't mean we talk about Jesus to every individual. It means we purpose to represent the Lord and be available for the Lord at all times. It means we desire and pray to be used of Him. If we focus on life on our personal gain and personal pleasure, then we have missed out on why God brought us into this earth.

God created us to be a light for Him in this dark world. He created us to be salt—to add flavor and help preserve this misguided world. He created us to share His love and true riches with us—the same reason parents bring children into this world. Through Satan's deception and man's disobedience, Satan gained entrance into this earth and mankind's doings and disrupted God's plan by leading man to make wrong choices. That has created human suffering and pain that the entire world witnesses every day.  We became separated from God because of sin. God's purpose of creating man to love and fellowship with did not change.  But, it had to take a second seat to the immediate and necessary purpose of man being restored to God through the forgiveness of sin through faith in Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 2:3-4 (NIV) says, "... God our Savior... wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."  That is God's ultimate purpose and He desires it to become ours. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (NIV) goes on to say, "All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation." His stated purpose is for us to be ministers of reconciliation—us influencing people to the saving knowledge of Jesus!

God doesn't care if you and I accumulate more assets than Howard Hughes or not. Being rich or poor isn't the issue. The issue is keeping His purpose—reconciling others to Jesus Christ as our purpose as we walk out our lives. If that is your underlying purpose as you walk out your livelihood, your relationships, and your life, then this will shape godly character in you and in God's eyes you are profiting in your life. If your job is your purpose for living, you've become misguided. Your livelihood is only a means of providing the resources necessary for you to live and accomplish what God has given you to accomplish in this life. It was never meant to consume you and become who you are. Although you probably remember that the Apostle Peter was a fisherman, that is not what you think of when you think of his life. That was what he did. That was not who he was!

Having godly motives is also critical to building a profitable life. People do not always have pure motives for the good things they do in life.  1 Corinthians 13:3 (NIV) says, "If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." The person described here is one who gave up everything, yet is no better off for it.  If love of self is the motive over love of others, it will not profit the good work of that person.  Many people give and do good works for show, to increase their fame, to curry favor, and more.  Other people may benefit from their actions but they themselves will not! The love of others has to be the motive behind the action for it to profit us. Don't we all know or haven't we all observed those who sacrifice their life for others quietly and for the most part unnoticed, while others make sure everything they do is a headline? Motive is the deciding factor of whether true riches has been added to their life. And though people are fooled, God is not!

God's heart and pure motive in everything is love! Jesus left Heaven motivated by His love toward us. He pursued us, as sinful and offensive as we were, out of love. He washes our sins away and gives us a new life filled and guided by His Holy Spirit out of love. His reason for creating us to begin with was out His love for us.  Because of His incomprehensible love, He continues to forgive and help us even when we fail Him over and over. When that kind of love becomes our motive for what we do rather than gain or personal benefit, then our lives are profiting including the priceless value of growing in character and integrity.

Today I am spending time with a man in hospice. He’s ready to go see Jesus. I have watched he and his wife serve others in our church selflessly and faithfully for years and years. Their motive was simply to help others experience the same love of Jesus that transformed their lives. Their motive has always been love. Consequently, I am confident that in God’s eyes, he will finish his life as an extremely rich man with great rewards waiting him on the other side. May we all be counted by God as rich in this way!

Proverbs 20:27 (NLT)  "The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Learn to Manage Your Anger or It will Destroy You and Others!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


A while back, I was asked to meet with a man who had blown up his marriage and was hoping to fix it. After sitting down and talking with him, I learned that he had blown up his life numerous times because he had never dealt with anger issues in his life.  What people like this eventually learn, is that if you have them and don't get help and change them, you will continuously alienate people and blow up your life over and over, all your life!

If you’ve ever watched someone who is really angry—maybe it was you or maybe someone else—think about what they looked like. The color of their face changed. Their eyes widened—maybe even bulged. Their eyes squinted, face tightened, and maybe their hands clenched or at least became highly animated. The tone of their voice altered as they spoke louder. Someone who is really angry can become pretty scary.

Anger is a force. It’s usually a negative force. That is why Psalm 37:8 (NIV) instructs “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil.” And, Proverbs 27:4 (KJV) says, “Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous…” Unbridled anger almost always leads to great regret! God wants to protect us from it. Proverbs 19:11 (NLT) declares, "Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs." 

You’ve probably noticed that anger produces instant energy! It feels like your blood is flowing through you like a raging spring river after a winter’s melt. You don’t want to use that anger or energy wrongly. You don’t want to use it in a way that hurts others and creates a negative reputation for you. Times of anger will come. There are things that happen that make us angry. When those times come, quit taking it out on your wife, your children, and those around you. That will cost you more than you can afford and it will teach others this bad behavior.

Proverbs 22:24-25 (NLT) confirms this. “Keep away from angry, short-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.” In those times, harness the power of the anger and use it against the enemy of your soul that is trying to hurt you by ruining your behavior and reputation. Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) pronounces loudly, “For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.” This is saying that people aren’t your problem; demonic influences stirring up people to create these painful situations are—so use your anger against them not people.

How do you do that? God instructs how through Ephesians 6:13-18 (NLT). First it says, “Use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm.” These means you have to pause to discern what is going on. Say, “No devil, I will not get sucked into this situation. I am a child of God and I refuse to take my anger out on anyone but you.”

Verse 14 says, “Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness.” Verse 15 says, “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared.” You are a peacemaker and have the patience and wisdom of God. You can stop to reflect and pull on God for how to defuse the situation you are in, and pray in faith over it. That can actually happen in a moment’s time.

Verse 16 says, “In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan.” The devil always tries to make every situation a sudden crisis and hopeless situation. It’s not so calm down and stir up your faith in God! Finally, verse 17-18 says, “Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers…” Have faith in God’s promises and pray them over your situation!

When you remember God’s righteousness, you remember who you are in Christ. You are not a carnal “let it all fly” person. You have control through the Holy Spirit living in you.

As a believer, you have the power of the Holy Spirit within you! Lean on the Holy Spirit and use that surge of energy or power that instantly comes during moments of anger and use it in a way that helps you and defeats those demonic influences trying to hurt or steal from you. Love people. Hate the devil. Use power in the right way. Anger will be defeated in your life and you will be a warrior rooted in patience and self-control.

Proverbs 16:32 (NLT) “It is better to be patient than powerful; it is better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Helping Children Prevent and Conquer Fears

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Yesterday Renee and I hosted a picnic lunch at our house for about 30 plus Discipleship Interns from our church. These are young adults preparing—spiritually, educationally, and hands on experience, for the ministry.  I teach some of the classes and have truly grown to love these future leaders.
I was sitting around a table with about seven guys when they got into a discussion of scary shows they watched as children, and the fear and nightmares it created for years from seeing them.

When Renee and I were young with four small children, we were involved serving in children’s ministry. It was during that time that our eyes were opened to just how much small children are afraid to go to bed and to sleep at night. Their imaginations are vivid and often become very active with fear at night.

We learned that most parents let their children watch horrible and violent and scary things on television, at movie theaters, or on electronic devices. They also let them read about witches or creepy things from library and other books, and let them play creepy or violent video games with scary creatures. It all seems so innocent on the surface and most parents assume that all the other parents let their kids watch these things, so they do too!

For nine years every other week we held a Sunday School class for four and five-year-olds. Week after week as we asked the children if there was anything they would like Renee and I to pray for them for, it would be about them being afraid at night. They were afraid of the dark. They were afraid of what was under the bed. They were afraid of the boogie man or monster in the closet. They were afraid of the burglar outside the bedroom window. The shadows, the dark, and their imaginations were hard on them. We did not get the impression that the kids shared this reality with their parents. Maybe because their parents would have given them the pat answer, There is nothing to be afraid of now go to sleep!

It was through this repeated experience that we realized our own kids battled the same fears. Now, as adult children they tell us the stories of their fears back then. We, by the grace of God and the instruction of the Holy Spirit learned how to help them defeat many of these fears as children.

the first step was prevention when possible. We screened every book they read. We explained to them how important it was to stay away from things that produced fear. We were at the library weekly, so over time they became good at helping us find positive things. Like all children they were still curious of the rest but, we worked on finding them great reading!

Although Renee and I had little money, we had made a decision early on to spend the little extra we had on resources for the kids that would help them spiritually grow and develop. We bought every Christian children’s book, video, and age appropriate Bible from our church bookstore that we could possibly afford. The long term effect this had was that it created a real love for reading in all our children and put good things in their imaginations and heart. We didn’t know it at the time, but learned later that helping children develop reading skills at the earliest age is one the most beneficial things you can do for their academic development. It helps them to learn academically all the rest of their life..

Fear is a very real thing. It is designed to undermine your faith and trust in God. And it is tormenting! 1 John 4:18 (NKJV) says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment…” God doesn’t want us to be the victim of fear but Satan would like to control our lives with it. Fear is the strategy terrorism and of the ultimate terrorist—Satan. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” God does not want us to be controlled by fear. He wants us to become overcomers of fear. 1 John 4:4 (NKJV) says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He (Jesus) who is in you is greater than he (Satan and every demonic spirit) who is in the world.”

We are to learn to overcome our fears and to teach children to overcome theirs. Helping them commit verses like these to memory and heart, and using them like a sword when those fears come, taught them how to be overcomers by chasing those fears away. Learning that our mind belongs to us and not Satan, and learning to take dominion over our thought-life is where it all begins. Are you chasing out the fears in your life?

Psalms 27:1 (NKJV) "The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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