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Monday, August 24, 2015

Let this Bless Your Thinking and Life Forever!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As Christians, we are given a life-long assignment which is described in 2 Corinthians 5:19 NLT that says, “And God has given us the task of reconciling people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. This is the wonderful message He has given us to tell others."

God’s Word also teaches us that we should all use our God-given gifts and abilities—not only to help people to come to know Jesus, but to also serve others in His behalf. The Apostle Paul in speaking to people who have financial affluence wrote: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

Paul teaches the affluent that when they are using their gift of financial affluence that God has given them to help promote the gospel and as a means to build the church, they are serving God and others and building a reward— “Laying up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

This exhortation isn’t just to financially affluent people. This truth and exhortation is for all Christians at all times. When we use whatever God has given us in gifts, talents, and abilities to serve others from a pure heart and motivation of love, will be building our future—“a firm foundation in the coming age.” We do have another life to live in the world to come. It sincerely will be the life God intended for us to have. It will be without the curse of sin and defilement that sin has brought to this world. When we help others know Jesus and when we serve them, we lay up rewards for the next life. We also help them come to really know what life on earth here is about—the love of Jesus to redeem mankind—“…that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

One last thing to think about. Our personal character runs deep (good or bad) and is rarely changed until someone makes a life-style change in their thinking and actions. That is most often motivated by God, or the threat of something such as health issues or financial problems. When someone does make that change and stick with it, it changes their character over time. This is how God helps us experience true life transformation. He motivates us through His Word and asks us to make it a core value we live daily. When you take up the attitude of serving others as a life-style because the Lord tells us to, it will bless your life in more ways than you could have ever imagined—and produce eternal rewards!

Never give up serving God and reaching others with His love. It is “…taking hold of the life that truly is life.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Yes Your Efforts Will Be Rewarded!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


What does it matter? What difference does my prayer and service to God matter? Do I ever do enough? Do they ever really produce any fruit? Am I even worthy to serve God?

People sometimes feel like this. The enemy of our soul works to create obstacles to our desired efforts. He works to create distractions that take our attention and focus away from what is important. He works to discourage us, screaming in our ear about the lack of success in our efforts. If we face obstacles, if we lose focus, if we get discouraged, then we will lose faith and slowly give up. Then he has won and we’ve lost out.

Jesus warned us this could happen. In a parable about being faithful He talked about the one who strayed off course saying, “But if the servant thinks, 'My master won't be back for a while,' and begins oppressing the other servants, partying, and getting drunk—well, the master will return unannounced and unexpected…” Luke 12:44-46 NLT) Lets just say things go south from there!

God has created each and every person with a destiny that is to interwoven with God's plan for mankind. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) says, "For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."  Psalms 27:14 (NLT) says, "Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord." 

As you seek God through His word and prayer, He will lead you to a good Bible teaching church. He will help you build relationships and get involved serving others. He will direct your steps, unfold gifts He has placed within you, and help you use them to serve others and fulfill His plan for your life. Much of what you do will be seen and appreciated by God only. If you look for the appreciation and glory of man, you will disappointed. Learning to do what you do for Him from a pure and right motivation will build the best of God in you and godly character will be formed within you.

If you look to others to appreciate everything you do, you'll burn out, quit, and get off course until you've strayed from God and become like the servant off course that we just read about.

Don't let anything knock you off course. The Lord is faithful to help you get right back on course. He does that by first finding a way to get to us and speak to us (LIKE RIGHT NOW, MAYBE???) Then He helps us understand that our efforts aren’t unnoticed and won’t go without being rewarded. And He helps us understand that it’s not about ourselves or our feelings. It’s not about whether we are being noticed or if things are going exactly how we think they should, or even the totality of our efforts. It’s about the Lord! It’s about His plan and His effort to touch and bless lives through our efforts. We do our part cooperatively with love and respect with co-laborers and He does His part—the part that delivers the power of God and changes things! And if we do so faithfully—in faith, and with a right heart attitude, then we can know that He owns the rest! And He has the pleasure of rewarding us. Some of those efforts will be rewarded in this life, as you know and have experienced, and others in the life to come.

Matthew 6:4 (NLT) Give your gifts in secret, and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.

Matthew 6:6 (NLT) But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.

Matthew 6:18 (NLT) Then no one will suspect you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in secret. And your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.


And so, let these words lift, encourage, and remind you that your efforts to pray and serve the Lord do count and are rewarded! And God bless you richly in all your doing!

1 Cor. 3:7-8 (NLT) “The ones who do the planting or watering aren't important, but God is important because He is the one who makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work as a team with the same purpose. Yet they will be rewarded individually, according to their own hard work.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Get Your Joy Back

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by Pastor Tim Burt


This morning, I feel impressed to retell a story I've told before. One Sunday morning after church, we had all the family over for a birthday party for our two granddaughters, Madeline and Macy. They were seven and eight years old at the time and like all children, they loved birthday parties. It was a great day of eating, having fun, and then presents and cake. When everyone except the girls had left, I asked them if they wanted to go for a walk with me. It’s a beautiful walk on a path along a mile stretch of wild flowers and a creek. We make a pit stop half way through the walk at a playground they loved to play at.

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

We had a wonderful walk. They were balancing on ledges as they walked. They took off challenging me to a race. They showed me their climbing and high jump feats at the park. They fed some ducks. The sky was cloudless and deep blue and it was spectacularly beautiful out. We were having a blast, when suddenly Madeline noticed that one of the shoes of her doll was missing. We backtracked and looked but didn’t find it. A short time later, Macy cried out, “Papa, I lost Tiana’s tiara. It took me a minute to figure out that was her little crown. So again we backtracked while I was thinking, This is why I make my rules and don’t let them bring dolls on the walk. This is your bad, Tim. I stayed patient, we prayed, and we looked and looked, but, we didn’t find either. I was proud of the girls as they kept a good attitude through it.

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

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

The Lord had spoken simply to me about staying focused on thinking about good things and don’t let things that steal joy or distract or that take you off course, fill your thoughts.

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

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

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

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, August 07, 2015

Restored and Refreshed by God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I know that none of us would ever have the thought that God is blind and stupid, but sometimes we act like it. We think He doesn't know our heart. We hide our secret behaviors from others but act like He doesn’t know and see them. We think He doesn't know the futility of our excuses. Who do we think we are fooling?

Galatians 6:7 says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked..." God is not stupid. When we are stubborn or apathetic - being loose with sinful thoughts and behaviors that are eroding our quality of life and intimacy with Him, He knows it. He tries to reach out to us and influence our hearts with His love. He uses His Word, people, and whatever other resources we pay attention to, to reveal His mercy to us so that we won't be afraid of Him and so that will once again, desire to walk in His ways. Exodus 34:6-7 says, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin...

Why is God so merciful and what is His ultimate goal? God is merciful because He loves us and wants to give us a fresh start. We all have times when we know we are heading in a wrong direction. We know that we have to come to our senses and quickly because the course we are on is a course of disaster. When we quit fighting or ignoring God’s love reaching out to us, that awareness and godly desire to change stirs in us. It awakens us and creates a yearning for forgiveness and fresh start.

We see this in Acts 3:19 (MSG) "Now it's time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins and pour out showers of blessing to refresh you…” This verse tells us that God will wipe out our sins. The actually word in the Greek text means obliterateto blot and wipe out. He blots them out with the blood Jesus shed for our sins. (Have you ever taken a black magic marker to blot over something you didn't want anyone else to see? It became unseeable - blotted out!) That is what God does with our sins! God offers a fresh start! It seems too good to be true but that is why His mercy and grace are so powerful. Don’t fight it. Thank Him for it. He wants to forgive and give a fresh start and refresh you in the process! Hallelujah!

Secondly, God wants us to come into His presence unafraid so we can hear His voice, learn of His love and again hunger to learn from Him as we read His Word. He'll lead us to places of blessing. Psalm 25:8-10 says, "The LORD is good and does what is right; He shows the proper path to those who go sin and go astray. He leads the humble in what is right, teaching them his way. The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all those who keep his covenant and obey his decrees.”

As Christians, repentance is to be a continuing part of our life – in many cases daily! As I say this, remember again that God is not mocked and people don't like to be either! We sin or mess up in little or bigger ways almost daily. We offend God, or people or both! That means that sincere repentance is going to be happening often in our life. That means you are going to have to learn the words “I'm sorry” – “I'm sincerely sorry.” That also means you are going to need to learn to say them with sincerity whenever it’s necessary to say them.

Lucifer’s fall from Heaven was over pride. He is proud and will never repent. That is why He will ultimately end up in the lake of fire - and yes that is a real place! God's Word says,"... be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. "(1 Peter 5:5) Pride will rob from you and kill you.Humility will open all of God’s heart to you!

Too many people have difficulty with open, honest, and personal communication. Pride is the great reason for that difficulty. People get so stubborn and prideful that apologizing feels like a having a root canal and apologies are emptier than a pocket with a hole in it. If repenting to God or saying “I’m sorry” to others is difficult for you, you have pride issues.

If we as Christians,we were walking in the revelation of godly sorrow - repentance at all levels – for things both great and small, repentance would be a continuing and reoccurring experience. This repentance would be to God and to those around us with sincere words from a sincere heart. We know we mess up in all sorts of little ways all the time. So who are we kidding but ourselves?
Why not admit it and repent and ask forgiveness or give a simple "excuse me” or “I'm sorry," with sincerity when called for. This keeps a heart so very tender before God. What others do or don’t do in response to you has nothing to do with you. Even if this becomes a one-sided practice from you and seems unfair, you do what’s right and you will be refreshed! You are responsible for you! God will honor your efforts!

Today, know and remember that you can get on a right track by repenting to God and turning to Him.  You can carry that to the next level by taking that same humility and apologizing to others as you should. If you do the Lord will "...pour out showers of blessing to refresh you…”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Don't Let Disappointments Derail You or Fear Stop You

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Life is full of wondrous and wonderful moments. Look through your old photo album or go back through the photo album of your mind and you’ll hopefully you will be able to recall some. I was blessed to experience one of those moments recently watching my newest grandson Harrison take his first steps. We were all gathered in a living room when he took of across the room! It was exciting and left everyone cheering and clapping. Probably insignificant to anyone else but us, but to us it was one of those momentous occasions to remember!

Unfortunately, life also has its catalog of disappointments. Who hasn’t had their share? You may have figured out that disappointment can evolve into discouragement. Disappointments come to us in a myriad of ways, but it is so very important not to let them fester and grow into discouragement! Why? Discouragement carries a paralyzing element that puts a choke hold on hope. It works to squeeze every last breath of hope from you with the ultimate goal of choking off faith. This is how and why most people backslide from God. They allow disappointment to become discouragement that chokes out your faith in God. They let their discouragement take them down a path they later regret.

Whenever I think about this subject, I am reminded of Joshua and Caleb, two men of great faith. They were two of ten leaders that were supposed to go spy out the Promised Land which God told them would become theirs. Joshua and Caleb’s faith in God was sincerely rooted in their heart. They weren’t cheerleaders for God that didn’t show up to the game on a rainy day. These two were warriors with rock solid faith. When you have that kind of relationship with God, the hands of discouragement can’t even fit around the throat of hope to choke it. That was them. These two were surrounded by fickle cheerleaders—supposed leaders that only ended up chanting fear and discouragement that spread to God’s people like a virus.

Numbers 13:17-20 Moses gave the leaders of Israel instructions as he sent them out to explore the land: "Go northward through the Negev into the hill country. See what the land is like and find out whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many. What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? Do their towns have walls or are they unprotected? How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there many trees? Enter the land boldly, and bring back samples of the crops you see." (It happened to be the season for harvesting the first ripe grapes.)
When they came back the leaders reported what an awesome land it was but they accompanied the report with fear—everything they also saw that freaked them out and were afraid of!

Numbers 13:27-28 & 31-33 This was their report to Moses: "We arrived in the land you sent us to see, and it is indeed a magnificent country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is some of its fruit as proof. BUT the people living there are powerful, and their cities and towns are fortified and very large. We also saw the descendants of Anak (giants like Goliath) who are living there…the other men who had explored the land with him answered, "We can't go up against them! They are stronger than we are!" So they spread discouraging reports about the land among the Israelites: "The land we explored will swallow up any who go to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. We felt like grasshoppers next to them, and that's what we looked like to them!"

Caleb did not respond that way. He was not discouraged by what he saw. He was not even disappointed. His and Joshua’s faith were not in what they could do in their own strength but what they could do because of their faith in what God promised them. Their voice and actions spoke the faith that was in their heart.

Numbers 13:30 & 14:5-9 But Caleb tried to encourage the people as they stood before Moses. "Let's go at once to take the land," he said. "We can certainly conquer it!"… "The land we explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, He will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey, and He will give it to us! Do not rebel against the Lord, and don't be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don't be afraid of them!"

The people yielded to the voices of fear, became paralyzed in their hearts, and their disappointment became discouragement, choking their faith. They never entered into the Promised Land. They never experienced the momentous occasion and memory God planned and promised to them. They forsook it because of the disappointment of the hurdles and their fears. Only Joshua and Caleb experienced it!

Don’t let disappointment fester in your heart. Definitely don’t let it turn to discouragement that would paralyze your faith. Know that somehow and in some way, God is always true to His word and will keep His promise to you. Remember the words of Joshua and Caleb and make them your own for every situation. "We can certainly conquer it!"

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NLT) "For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 03, 2015

God's Love Pill

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I was listening to a national speaker giving a speech. He indicated that people— especially Christians—tire and frustrate him because they seldom follow through on what they know to do. In so many words he was saying, “I’m sick of people. You can’t count on them for anything. I know I can count on me so I’ve learned to do things by myself.” This person needed to get off the speaking circuit and get refreshed on life. He has lost grip on one of the most powerful truths ever. What is that? That the primary way that God brings blessing into our lives is through people! We better not get sick of them. We better quit looking for perfection in them, learn to encourage them, and learn to love people for who they are and see the best in them. If we don’t, we’ll miss out on the very blessing God would bring to us through people.

Some people think, “God will supernaturally provide for me like He did for Elijah: through ravens, not people!” "Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there." So Elijah did what the LORD had told him… The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. (1 Kings 17:1-6)

This is a powerful story and reveals to us how God will provide for us supernaturally as we follow out and obey His direction for our lives. God desires to bring supernatural provision to us. Stories like this are there for the very purpose of building our faith in that truth. And yet His bringing it through ways other than people is the exception, not the rule! The most common way He brings things like words of knowledge, words of wisdom, help, encouragement, comfort, provision, and direction to our lives is through people. In Elijah’s case God used ravens because He had to hide and seclude Elijah from all people. Why? The King had everyone in his kingdom looking for Elijah to kill him because of the drought on the land. He blamed Elijah for it.

If people sometimes frustrate us, but we don’t want to lose love for people, how do we keep our hearts right? James 3:17-18 gives us insight saying, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness.” This verse helps us discern our own words, attitudes, and actions to see if the place we are coming from when working through issues or conflict is from a godly or ungodly perspective. Three simple words can help us take hold of this truth: FULL of MERCY. This is God's love pill and our people pill that helps us maintain our love for all people.

Are you absolutely aware that almost everything that ticks you off about other people, you yourself have most likely violated? Proverbs 20:9 (NLT) says, “Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and free from sin"? We may not say this, but we often act like we’re sinless and without fault when mad at others. Psalm 143:2 says, “Don't bring your servant to trial! Compared to you, no one is perfect.” What this verse is saying is that in your eyes you will always be justified, but the offender will never measure up to your standard. The truth is, not one of us would survive without mercy. Mercy is one of the most powerful forces in the world, and it’s the one that God used to bring you and I back to Himself through Jesus Christ.

If we are truly seeking to imitate God, then we will bring mercy continuously into our thinking and into our daily living experience whenever and wherever possible to help remove offense and conflict.

In Exodus 25:22 (KJV) we see God’s offering of mercy to us. He says “And there I will meet with you, and I will commune with you from above the mercy seat…”We all know that not one of us could possibly obey God’s word perfectly without missing it and sinning. This isn’t an excuse for sinning or to sin. It’s a covering for when we do intend to do right, but blow it. God says that He will meet and have fellowship with us at the mercy seat. It’s the place where we get mercy so that we can continue in an intimate and loving relationship with Him. If you are like me, you are there often. If God continually has mercy on us, then it should also be given from us often to others. It has the power to instantly soften and reunite our hearts with someone we’d otherwise be upset with.

I realize it doesn’t solve the problems that cause conflict. It does give space and time to work out and work through conflict with the Heavenly wisdom spoken of in the verses above from James 3:17-18. We are all a work in progress and therefore all desperate for God’s mercy. As liberally as we would want or need it, let us give it out. Are you in conflict? Meet them at the mercy seat. It’s God's love pill and your people pill! Then the blessing of God can flow without interruption from you to people and from people to you. Then you won’t tire of people and isolate yourself from them. Then you will love people and realize if you pay attention, that the primary way God brings blessing into your life is through living, breathing, people!

James 3:17-18 “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is FULL of MERCY and good deeds…”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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