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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

Fresh Manna
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?

Fresh Manna
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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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

God Will Show You Where Your Provision is!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When Renee and I were first married, we both had great jobs that paid decent money. Then we began to have children and Renee decided she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I was happy about that and pledged in my heart to do whatever it took, working to support our family. We had great faith in God and trusted that as long as I was willing to work hard, God would help provide for everything we needed.

My confidence was not in myself. Confidence in myself would have left me terrified! My confidence was in the promise of God's Word. We had always tithed and brought offerings to church. We had never missed. We were glad to do so. As 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV) says, "So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver."


We were cheerful givers. Beyond church, we gave to the ministries that truly fed our spirit. We were confident because we knew we were obeying God gladly in this area. We knew that somehow He would provide for us.

People have funny ideas when it comes to how God provides. People often think it's going to show up at their door by special chariot—angelic delivery. Don't get me wrong, provision can and does show up in supernatural ways. We've had a few of those angelic deliveries over the years. We read that God used ravens to feed Elijah when Elijah was about doing God's business. 1 Kings 17:4 (NKJV) "And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." 

We read about Jesus getting tax money in a very supernatural way. Matt 17:27 (NIV) Jesus said to Peter, "... go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours." Peter had been fishing for a lot of years but I'm sure had never seen this before. Provision can come like this. The Bible tells more stories of supernatural provision than you could ever imagine. God does want us to have our faith in Him for supernatural provision. If you are leaning on God for it, you are more likely to be paying attention to His voice, to His direction, and to His Word. Do this and you will grow in intimacy and expectancy of Him working in your life.

But, there is another way that God will bring supernatural provision into your life. We learn from it in Genesis chapter 22. In this chapter we read when God asked Abraham to offer up his only son Isaac to Him. Abraham had developed great faith in God. He knew that God had promised Him a heritage of family through his son Isaac—one that would be in number as the stars of the sky. He knew it! God had promised it to him. If Isaac was dead this couldn't happen. So although I'm sure in his natural mind he was confused as to how this would work out, He trusted God even if it meant that God would raise Isaac from the dead. Abraham brought Isaac, put him on the altar and was about to kill him when an angel stopped him. Genesis 22:10-12 “And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, "Here am I." And he said, "Lay not your hand upon the lad, neither do you anything unto him: for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me."

Abraham is the father of our faith. When He was willing to hold nothing back from God including his only son, he had completed the covenant that Abraham was in with God. Now God was able to give His only Son Jesus for us! Through Jesus, God completed the covenant that makes us partakers of Abraham's inheritance today.

Abraham obeyed God and blessing followed his life. When Abraham was stopped, God had provided an offering in place of Isaac. We see it in the next verse. Genesis 22:13-14 (KJV) "And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering instead of his son.” God had provided a ram and Abraham called that place "Jehovah-jireh... In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen." Let me give you another translation of this verse that will help you gain greater insight and show you what I want you to see today. The literal Hebrew translation of these words says, "Jehovah-jireh, the mount of the LORD who shows me where my provision is."

Although supernatural blessing does occasionally just show up in our lives, God more often shows us where the provision that He has provided for us is. Abraham had to go and get the ram out of the thicket. He also still had to prepare and offer the offering. God will show us where our provision is and we will in faith have to go get it. That could happen in a number of ways. He’ll lead you to employment opportunities or through divine relationships, or more. It won’t be magic and you’ll most often have to work hard, but He will lead you to provision.

He wants you to have expectation for provision of all kinds. It is your inherited right through Jesus. He does not provide it so you can simply consume it upon your own lust. He provides it to help meet your needs, and also so that you can help others. And, so that His Good News is promoted throughout the earth! Ask Him to show you were your provision is!

Deut. 8:18 (NIV) “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”

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

Fresh Manna
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?

Fresh Manna
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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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

God Will Help You Today!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


An evil report; is there anything worse? The doctor hands you an evil report. The girlfriend or boyfriend says they want to break it off. The spouse says he or she has been in an affair. The boss says, I'm sorry but I have to lay you off. The evil report; we all hate them.

When ever I have been hit with an evil report, it has most often seemed to affect my heart in one of two ways: it has either tried to hit me like a hammer of fear or cover me like a blanket of disappointment. Either of these emotional states is absolutely unacceptable to me. They might come but I will not allow them to stay. Why? Because as a child of God I am not one without hope and the evil report is not the end of the story.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (NKJV) says, "For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."

Salvation means to be saved - to be delivered from the power of enemies or evil circumstances. To receive aid, health, welfare, prosperity, and victory. This is what happens when we let today be touched through belief and faith in what God speaks to our heart through His Word. It becomes "a day of salvation" - a day when we allow God to bring help, aid, health, prosperity and victory to our lives. If is for this reason that I do not let an evil report become that which will govern my emotions or destroy my faith.

God tells us things like "today is the day of salvation" - a day in which we can be helped by God against evil circumstances and watch God turn what was meant for evil be turned for good! Today can be the beginning of that turn but that depends on what we choose to believe. Will we believe the Lord? Will we believe the promises of His Word? The Lord reiterates that point in Isaiah 53:1 (NKJV) saying, “Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?" He was talking about two things when He said this. Who will believe in Jesus and who will believe in the promises of God?

When times of an evil report come, whose report are you going to believe? Are you going to let the evil report melt your heart and cause you to fall apart or are you going to remember that you are a child of God and that "today is your day of salvation?"

When you are facing an evil report it might seem devastating or at least extremely disappointing. You may momentarily be stricken with shock or grief but, that is when you need to remember who you are in Christ and say out loud "God is my salvation - today.!" His report is the report of the Lord. It's His report I believe. He will help me in my time of trouble – today! I may not see all that He is doing but I have the right by faith to ask and believe what Psalms 46:1 (NIV) says, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." I believe His report! “Don’t stop there; thank Him for these things with GREAT sincerity. It will lift your heart immediately! Do so every time you feel that report trying to touch your heart and emotions. Know that this is not the end of the story, but God turning this evil for good is!

That is what the Lord is saying when He is revealing we have a "day of salvation." That begins with receiving Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior but that is just the beginning. He is your help today! So, whose report will you believe? Will you let your heart melt? Will you let fear and discouragement push you into despair and hopelessness? Will Satan defeat you with an evil report and get you to quit? Or, will you know your God and will you let today be your "day of salvation?" Will you believe His report? Will you believe His arm (His strength) is not too short to reach you? Your heart, your faith, your prayers and your words will reveal whom you believe! Believe the report of the Lord!

Psalms 98:1 (NIV) "Sing to the LORD a new song, for He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His Holy arm have worked salvation and gotten him the victory."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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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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Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Coal Basket Bible

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Coal Basket BibleAuthor unknown


The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, "Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon a s I close the book What good does reading the Bible do?"

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water."  
The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You will have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. 

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was "impossible to carry water in a basket," and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that at even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got very far. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, "See Papa, it's useless!"


"So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket." The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. "Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out. That is the work of God in our lives. To change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son."

Eph 5:25-26 “…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word…”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Keep Your Heart Soft Toward God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I have spent a fair amount of time recently working in my garden. When I have my hands in dirt and water repeatedly, the skin on my hands gets rough and hard. I lotion them repeatedly to get my skin back to normal. If I didn't, they'd remain hardened for some time.

I wish all it took to get a hardened heart soft toward God was to apply lotion to it, but that is not the case. When people harden their heart from God, they have also wandered away from Him.  This has been happening since God created man.  The following verse is was spoken by a prophet named Azariah. He was speaking to the king about the hardness of the people's hearts toward God. He was trying to help them come back to God. We read in 2 Chronicles 15:2 (NIV) "He went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you."


What I am about to say is not contradicting scripture but giving you insight to God’s word. It appears that the verse we just read says “if you forsake Him, He will forsake you,” yet Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) says that God will “never leave us nor forsake us.” So are these scriptures contradicting each other? The answer is absolutely not! In the Old Testament, the Hebrew verb for “forsake” is a causative verb that implies God will allow you to walk away from Him as a choice of your own free will. He will not interfere with your choices as much as He'd love for you to stay close to Him.

So why would someone make a choice to walk away from God? Most people don’t. Backsliding from God starts with someone giving into small wrong choices that violate their conscience. Carnality only hungers and calls for more and so temptation repeats and is yielded to again and again. This is the beginning of a gradual hardening of one’s heart toward God. Hardening of the heart results in the blinding of the eyes of that person’s understanding. You could describe it as a supernatural darkness descending from small disobedient actions.

A man begins paying attention to women that aren’t his wife. A woman gets tired of her husband and begins dreaming of building an independent life. That man clicks on a porn site. The woman goes out on a night with the girls and does and thinks things she knows are outside of the godly boundaries she had previously established. Those initial wrong actions bring guilt and conviction. But, they become repeated and soon the conviction is replaced with a hard and calloused heart. I’ve seen a lot of that lately. I’ve seen people backslide from God playing with the fire of the world’s ways. As I said, when you become callous and walk away from doing what is right, you become blinded by the very sin you’ve given yourself over to. If you don’t acknowledge and turn from it, you will become the person on a course that eventually crashes and burns. Some people hit bottom and cry out to God and some are so steeped in their own pride, they stay blinded.

King Asa listened to the prophet Azariah. He knew what the prophet said was the truth. He opened up his heart and let Azariah’s words penetrate and soften his heart. He immediately became encouraged for himself and for his people. The desire to seek and draw close to the Lord was re-lit within him. 2 Chronicles 15:12 (NIV) tells us what they did to get it right! "They entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul."

Romans 12:1 tells us, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship." The reason we are called to be a living sacrifice is because when you begin to seek God to soften your heart, it is often an act of faith that your flesh doesn't want to do and that your mind struggles with. You may get on your knees and pray and cry out to God but you might not feel a thing. The hardness of your heart may have dulled your emotions toward God. Even so, this is the way to start! Get on your knees and pray. Cry out to God sincerely and ask Him to restore a tender heart toward you. Confess your sins to Him openly. Then read His word and let it speak to you. Begin to thank Him for who He is and all He has done for you. Go to church, sit under the teaching of the Word of God and praise God with others!

Don’t wait until you hit the skids and crash and burn. If you’ve made wrong choices, then let the prophet Azariah still speak through the pages of God’s word to your heart today, "and the people of God entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul." That is what we do to soften our heart. Then we put our faith in the grace of God and believe that His supernaturally supply of His Spirit is there to help us make the changes that are needed. In time, your heart will become soft again. You will hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and will be able to obey the Lord. You will be sensitized and once again notice and see God working in your life.

Being close to God is awesome and He desires it for us. Draw on Him for grace and strength to say NO to the No's of our flesh and YES to the yes' of God. Be blessed as you seek Him and experience a close, a real, and an intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Trust me, He is calling out to you today!

Isaiah 55:6 (NIV) "Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while he is near." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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