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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Keep Your Tongue on a Leash!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


On February 24, 2010, a trainer was killed by an Orca Killer Whale in front of a live audience at Sea World in Orlando, Florida.  There are numerous stories of trainers who have been killed or mauled by the animals they were trying to train. Some creatures simply cannot be completely trained or controlled. Your tongue is one of them. James 3:8-10 (NKJV) "But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so." 

Does that mean we should abandon the effort to train our tongue? Should we just let it spew whatever it wants to say? (Or what we want to say?)  Absolutely not! The Bible says "No man can tame the tongue..."  It can be tamed, but just not by us! The tongue can only be tamed by leaning upon and yielding to the help of the Holy Spirit. Psalm 39:1 NIV says, "I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence." 

His expression of muzzling his mouth is talking about the difficulty of not retorting back and saying things that will draw you where you don't want to go. This is especially true when you are talking to what may be an unreasonable person. We've all been in that kind of position. You think, I am just going to keep my mouth shut. There is no reasoning with this person, and yet you suddenly let words you regret fly. And just like that, BAM, the damage is done!

Biting your tongue is a good plan when trying to communicate through something difficult with a person that won't listen, doesn't think logical, or won't hear a perspective beyond their own. (You better make sure that you aren’t the unreasonable and stubborn person!) And remember, just because you've determined to keep your mouth shut, doesn't mean that it's easy. Most people find it impossible! At least without the help of the Holy Spirit.

We can learn from David's experience in a time like this. He was in a negative situation with someone he perceived as wicked. Psalm 39:1 NIV says, "I said, I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence."

David wanted to muzzle his mouth but didn't quite succeed. Psalms 39:2-3 continues saying, "But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased. My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue…"

Did you see what happened? David lost control at the end and got drawn into speaking words he didn't want to say. He started out with the good intention of managing his tongue, like we all do, but soon caved because he let his emotions get in the way. God teaches us to lean on and yield to the instruction of the Holy Spirit instead of caving into emotionally charged spewing words. If we do, then God can continue to help us gain strength and perspective.

At times like this we need to not lose sight of "The Big Picture." It's critical to step back and look at a perspective that's bigger than your own, for the good of all. That happened to David here and if you look closely, you can almost hear the Holy Spirit directing David. I believe God was trying to get through to David saying, David, don’t get drawn into this with your mouth. Put this into perspective by looking at the big picture! This is a little deal in the light of all there is and all that I have for you. Don't sin with your mouth and forfeit the big picture. Why do I think this is what God was ministering to David? Because of the thoughts and prayer that David then lifted to God in the midst of this verbal conflict. David lifted his heart and prayed, "Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath."(Psalm 39:4-5)

Don't you think that's a funny thought to be thinking in the midst of conversational turmoil with someone? That’s what is going on here. David is flaming mad at someone and God shows him the big picture to escape the temptation of saying something he'd regret. I can imagine that inward voice of the Spirit of God saying something like, Relax David. I love you. Life is quick. I want you to walk with me and love life. There are so many things that are so much more important than this! Chill out and seek my strength through pray. I'll work on this situation for you. Just walk in love. Hear their perspective and then let go of it for now. They think they have won because you are keeping quiet. Winning isn't the key thing. Following after love and peace as you pursue my best and my plan is! Trust me I'll lead you and I will be working through this situation as you pray. But, don't lose your peace! 

With David, God used the big picture to help reduce the scope of an inflated battle. He used the big picture to remind him how quick life is and not to forfeit it. It's good counsel for us all. In tough situations, if we stay in faith and keep our love walk and care for the person we seem to be battling with, then we can know the Lord is working in our behalf. Love does cover a multitude of sins. Love will bring you out of this kind of situation as a winner!

Proverbs 12:18 (NLT) "Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Worthy Goal That Will Change and Bless Your Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


 My dad was one of the greatest men I've known. He and mom had ten children and he worked amazingly hard to provide for us all. Seldom did I ever see him work less than 60 hours a week, yet he was still there for us as a father! He was such a great dad!

He could do a lot of things but construction and working with tools was not one of them. He'd joke about it and we'd laugh with him because it was so true. Anything that me and my siblings wanted to learn about tools and working with our hands, we had to learn from someone else.

I had a desire to learn to work with my hands and did learn a few things by the time I was a young adult, but learning to make cuts with wood and wood trim was not one of them. I could butt up to straight edges together and nail them but that was about it. And I never had the tools to do much else. But, I did have a friend—Don, that was amazing with wood. He is a finish carpenter and can work with any tool, any piece of wood, and can do just about anything including making the most beautiful crown molding and intricate cuts and pieces with wood of anyone I've ever seen.

As I was up early praying this morning with Renee, something made me think about all this. I had said something to her that she misunderstood. I just let her response go and redirected the conversation back on track. That is something we have both learned to do.

In the beginning days of our marriage, we were very unskillful in how we communicated. It reminded me of only being skilled enough to butt up two square pieces of wood to each other. Anything more complicated and our conversation often went astray. It was filled with misunderstanding and defensiveness which led to arguments and fights. We were highly unskilled at listening to and communicating with each other. Those early years were much rougher than they needed to be.

Then one day the Lord caught my heart with the words from James 3:2 (NLT) "Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way."  When I read these words, the Lord began to speak to me about how important it is to communicate effectively.  Jame also said this in James 1:19 (NLT.) "Understand this...You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry."  

This instruction from James given by the inspiration of God is life-changing and I knew it.  It was like learning to make cuts with wood. It would take practice! My friend taught me a few cuts but I'll never be the finish carpenter he is without doing what he does continuously. I don't have that luxury. But I do talk every day—with my wife and others and so I knew I did have the opportunity to become a finish carpenter of words! And if I did, James said, "For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way." James was saying that success with words would lead to a greater success in every other area of our life.

Since that day early on in our marriage, it's been my goal. Have I become a better communicator? Have I become a better husband and man in other areas?  Renee would say absolutely yes! But this challenge also seems to be a Mt. Everest without a peak you can reach. But I'll keep trying.

Today, Renee and I have wonderful conversation 99 percent of the time. Why? Because we have become skillful in this area. You might wish I had give more pointers here but the truth is, there is more than enough to help you practice with what I wrote. And of all things worthy of your effort, this is it! Learn to listen well and be slow to speak. Make your goal getting your words right without creating offense. If you do, and it won't be easy, it will be one of the greatest and most exciting challenges you'll ever take on. The Holy Spirit will help you if you lean on Him. And it will produce unfathomable fruit in your life! So go for it! Become that finish carpenter of words and be blessed beyond imagination!

James 3:2 (NLT) "...For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 28, 2015

God Reveals His Secrets to You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


What is truth? It is a question that has always plagued society because of it's inability to answer that question. It wasn't hard for Jesus to answer. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life..." John 14:6 (NLT) Jesus also said, "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 (NLT)

Jesus spoke so many things about life that He called “truth.” To the world, He was revealing God the Father, His own heart, and the plan of God—past, present, and future. Everything He said was truth. He knew that those that listened often struggled to understand some of the things He said, and that many things were beyond their human comprehension. This is why He said on different occasions, “But I tell you truly…” (Luke 4:25 NKJV)

God’s truth can’t be fully comprehended with just the mind. We are to seek understanding from God concerning things He tells us in His Word. When we do, He grants revelation or divine insight. He opens the eyes of your understanding and lets you see what He calls truth, through His eyes. That repeated experience is a divine and intimate exchange and exposure of God’s heart and perspective into your heart. We see this very thing in Matthew 16:13-17. “When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." "But what about you?" He asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.”

Jesus told Peter that his insight was more than human understanding. Peter understood that Jesus was the Christ because God Himself revealed it to Him. Others were speculating, but for Peter, it was a settled issue. The Bible was never meant to be dissected and understood by the human mind alone because it’s not capable of understanding scripture on its own. That is the work of the Holy Spirit.

When I was a young Christian with a thousand questions about the Bible, I remember a Pastor preaching a message that helped me so much. He gave a simple piece of advice that helped me calm down in my quest for understanding, and take it a day at a time. He said, “When you read God’s Word, your mind is like that of a child. It can only comprehend a portion of what is being said to you. It is God that gives you greater insight into the meaning of His Word. He reveals and builds one truth upon another. That means your being able to comprehend all you read from God's word will take time.” He continued, “Did you understand literature before you learned how to read? Did you understand algebra before you learned how to add and subtract? Did you learn and comprehend what sex was when you were eight years old? God reveals truth progressively and so He will with you. Pray and ask God to reveal what you don’t understand, but then be patient. Ask God your questions, but then put them on a shelf. You will have moment after moment in your life when suddenly, God will answer one of those questions because it will be the time when you can comprehend it. One by one answers and understanding will come, and often when you aren’t even thinking about it.”

That advice set me at such peace. The Lord confirmed that truth and principle from His Word to me in Isaiah 28:9-10 NKJV "Whom will He teach knowledge? And whom will He make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line. Here a little, there a little." What is this verse saying? It's saying that we learn a little at a time. This means that spiritual growth happens over time through patient and consistent seeking and learning.

I have said all this to amplify this truth: One of the greatest truths from the heart of God to us is that He,  Almighty God of all, is willing and desirous to speak and teach you about Himself. He desires and will teach you His ways. It will become an intimate experience between God and you. This is a mind-blowing but wonderful truth to meditate on!  Again, think about these words from Jesus! "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, FOR THIS WAS NOT REVEALED TO YOU BY MAN, BUT BY MY FATHER IN HEAVEN.”

Knowing and understanding this, how could we let our time with God be degraded to a lesser priority in our life? His love toward you and I is utterly amazing! He wants His secrets to become yours! He wants to bring you words to build your hope and faith as well as give you wisdom, instruction, encouragement, and a promise of a blessed future. Let He and His Word speak to your heart today!

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV) But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, September 25, 2015

The Barber

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The Barber 
Author Unknown

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects. When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: "I don't believe that God exists."

"Why do you say that?" asked the customer.

"Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn't exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can't imagine loving a God who would allow all of these things."

The customer thought for a moment, but didn't respond because he didn't want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop.

Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and un-kept. The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber: "You know what? Barbers do not exist."

"How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber. "I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!"

"No!" the customer exclaimed. "Barbers don't exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside."

"Ah, but barbers DO exist! What happens is, people do not come to me."

"Exactly!" affirmed the customer. "That's the point! God, too, DOES exist! What happens is, people don't go to Him."

Jeremiah 29:13 (NKJV) "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Great and Mighty Things Done Through You

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV) 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'

God wants to do great and mighty things through you, but quit thinking in terms of making the headlines concerning the mighty things He’d have you do. That’s pride. He wants to use you and in doing so, it’s going to be about blessing someone else. There are countless ways He will use you and one such way will be in giving mercy.

The Christian life would not exist without the mercy of God. It has been given to every Christian including you! God’s mercy changed the entire course of your life. His continuous mercy keeps you from being eaten up from the devil’s accusations of your unworthiness and from the pains and feeling of condemnation when you mess up. His mercy continues to work powerfully and daily in our life. Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV says, "Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness." 

Jesus revealed that mercy is sown and reaped in Matthew 5:7 (NLT) "God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy." The Apostle Paul reveals how the great and mighty things we'll do in God's behalf are practically worked out in our life in Colossians 3:12 NLT. “Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…

A short time ago, someone close to me sent me a rude email. It was wrong and it was gnawing at me. At that moment the Holy Spirit brought a verse to my remembrance. Proverbs 19:11 NIV "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense." Then I remembered Proverbs 17:9 NIV which says, "He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”

I thought, I've said things I shouldn't have said before, so why not show mercy here and just let it go? He's just having a bad day! No sooner had I made that decision when I heard the Lord speak to my heart and say, “He will call you to say he is sorry.” A short time later, he did! I let him apologize and then told him I had blown right by it when it happened. I told him our relationship was far more important than some petty offense. He was blessed and we were good.

Showing the mercy of God—the same mercy God that He shows us daily, is a mighty thing. It it because it keeps precious relationships intact, it destroys the devil's efforts to wreak havoc in our lives—often stopping him in his tracks, and most importantly, it allows the love of God to keep flowing.

This might seem like a simple truth to you but it is not. It's profound. The world doesn't get it. That is why they torch and destroy each other. Sowing mercy is one of the great and mighty thing that the Lord has shown you! Are you feeling merciful today? God is toward you—today and every day!

1 Tim. 1:16 “But that is why God had mercy on me, so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of His great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in Him and receive eternal life.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Simple but Powerful Directive From God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Proverbs 3:7 (NLT) says, "Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil." When people read these words, they often get stuck on "fear the Lord" because they are unsure what these words mean.  Some think these words mean be afraid of God. Then they think, Why should I have to be afraid of God if He loves me? Others see these word to mean reverence God and they would be right. But, they don’t want to think about it because the thought of reverencing the Lord sounds like something for religious fanatics. And, they get stuck on the words "turn from evil." 

Turning from evil can seem like a daunting and impossible assignment because evil or making unhealthy choices that are contrary to God's directions are so interwoven into the fabric of our daily life. Consequently, it seems easier to overlook and bypass these words than to let them confront and redirect our life toward God and away from sinful life choices. Once someone begins to blow off reverencing the Lord and His instructions to shun evil, they have become “wise in their own eyes.”  They are going to do life their way. That is making yourself smarter than the one that created this world and who knows how He designed it to work. That is not wise or wisdom! It is only when you embrace, meditate on this life-changing directive from God, and pray for His help to do so, that you gain the very revelation, insight and strength to experience success in it.

Hebrews 12:1 NIV gives us greater insight as to why we should shun or turn from evil in our life saying, “… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” These words reveal that sin gets us tangled up and hinders our course of living for God and the blessing that would come with it. It clouds or mind and will, and weakens our walk with God. The rest of Proverbs 3 tells us what would happen if we took “shunning evil” seriously. Look for the blessings declared because of “shunning evil.”

Proverbs 3:7-18 NLT  “Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces. Then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest fresh juice from the grape. My child, don't ignore it when the Lord disciplines you, and don't be discouraged when He corrects you. For the Lord corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Happy is the person who finds wisdom and gains understanding. For the profit of wisdom is better than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. God’s wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.”

Sometimes we want to over-complicate or over-think simple truths. We want to argue or debate them in order to make allowances and hold onto things that are worthless, time wasters, and that steal from and destroy our life. Why not just keep it simple? Your heart knows these words from God are true. Jesus broke the power of sin and it no longer has power over you. You have the power of His Holy Spirit in you and therefore, the power over sin! Why not just start saying no and shunning evil as it surfaces in your life. You can do it! Replace sinful choices with choices that are good—choices you know would please God. The blessings above are His promise and reward for doing so. These instructions from God are simple and straight forward. And because you love and reverence God, you want to do obey them. So do it! You can and it's right to do! And you'll be blessed in your doing!

Jonah 2:8 "Those who protect and cling to empty, destructive, or worthless things, forfeit the kindness, mercy, and instruction from God that could be theirs.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Discovering God's Gifting Within You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


It is a rare thing to listen to a motivational speaker and at some point, not hear the words, You can do anything you set your mind to! I have heard those words more times than I can say. Those words are spoken with the good intentions of being a source of encouragement, but they aren’t always true. People can't always do anything they set their mind. There are many things that you must be gifted by God to do, to achieve the pinnacle of success desired. When people are told You can do anything and they set out to do things they weren't called or gifted to do because they admire it in someone else, disappointment will eventually follow. All my life I’ve listened to gifted singers and wished (and even secretly tried to sing like some of them.) But the truth is, I could never be a gifted singer. I wasn't built with that gifting. If I get jealous or envious of others with that gifting because they have it and I want it, but I won't admit that I don't have it, then I hurt myself and set myself up for disappointment.

Phil 4:13 NKJV says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Was the Apostle Paul offering hype? Of course not! The Lord isn't saying that you can do anything and everything—not even through Christ. What the Lord is saying is that you can do everything He has called and gifted you to do! He has called you to love others with His love, therefore you can be confident that you can do it with the personality and gifting He has given you. He has called you to walk in forgiveness; therefore you can be confident that you can to it. There are many things He has called us all to do. The things He has called us to do are the same things He has equipped us to do. He has equipped each of us with giftings and talents that will help lead us into our vocation and livelihood. But, their primary purpose is to equip you to be used of God and serve the cause of Christ in the earth.

Romans 12:6 (NLT) says,  "In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well..." Let me give you a simple clue as to discovering your gifting. Pay attention to strengths and things you love to do but also excel at. That can't just be your observation of yourself. Without any solicitation, you'll hear it from others, and I don't mean Dad or Mom or your best friends. They have a natural bias toward you. You'll hear it from others who don't know you that well, but observe it and comment on it to you, unsolicited. Also, (and this is very important,) pay attention to how God uses you to help others, and how the love of God flows through you to others. I assure you it is a great revealer of a deeper gifting. The beauty of it is this: how the love of God flows through you is very much tied to how your gifting works. Some people exhort others while others serve with their hands and talents. Some teach, some lead, some comfort, some instruct and more. When they do it, they thrive in it. Your gifting and God's love flow through you through the same pipe and with the same passion. Jesus said, “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” (John 13:34 NLT) That is the principle, but the method is loving others in the gifting that God has given you.

A friend recently wanted to show his love and appreciation to me. He called and said, Do you have a room in your house you need painted? God wants to bless you and he wants me to be the vessel that blessing comes to you through! He’s a painter and he was showing me God's love through his gifting.

There are some things in my life that I am gifted to do and do well. The love of God flows through me in those giftings so they serve a double purpose; they bless others and contribute to my livelihood. I am happy in the process because it’s what naturally flows from me. It’s how I am gifted. I have some friends that have incredible giftings in things I stink at. I am not jealous. I appreciate their gifting and know that together we make up the entire body of Christ.

Psalm 71:21 NKJV says, "You will increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side." If you think of this verse in terms of your God-given gifting, the Lord will be able to help you achieve greater and greater success. He will because it’s what He gifted you to do. You will also experience greater and greater comfort on every side because you will be excelling in the right places surrounded where you gifting thrives. So, can you do anything you set your mind to? No, but you are gifted by God to do amazing things unique to you and that will be a blessing to those God places in your life!

Ephesians 3:8 (MSG) "...God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities..."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, September 18, 2015

You Have Seen God's Hand on Your Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One night Renee and I were coming home from some friends house. We were stopped at an intersection with a red light. The stop light was getting ready to change from red to green. Suddenly this mini-van came charging up behind us, then quickly whipping into the left turn lane whose light was just about to turn red. The vehicle did not slow down or stop, but instead, raced through the light that had now turned red. I thought the van was going to flip over. It didn’t. The wheels just squealed as they raced through the red light.

On the other side of the highway opposite us, were two motorcycles that, like us, were waiting for the red light to change green to proceed. Their light had changed green and they were just about to take off when this mini-van raced through the red light and turned right into their path. Thank God they hesitated before taking off or two motorcycle drivers would have been killed. I was praising God they had not been hit. As our light changed and we continued on our way, I couldn’t shake the thought of how close they had just come to being killed because of someone’s reckless actions.

I have had this particular thought many times through life and once again, it was reinforced. I've thought, If people make it to adulthood, somewhere along their path of life, they have experienced God’s protection and miracle saving power and have had their life spared. Why do I say this? Because periodically, I ask people the question, Can you remember a time in your life where you almost died but were spared? I've NEVER had anyone yet NOT be able to tell me a story of how they almost died. Stop and think for a minute. Have you had a time or two where your life was almost taken and yet you were spared? If you are in a break room or at lunch table today, ask a few people that question. I think you’ll be amazed at the stories you hear.

I say this because there are so many people who think we can’t see God and yet God has already shown up in their life and saved them from either their own reckless destruction or someone else’s, or from some fluky accident. God is always out there trying to reveal His love and working to protect us from the devil’s destructive touch that operates in this earth.

You may be facing trouble right now and wondering, Where is God in all this? If you can’t see Him at the moment, then look back and remember all the times He has helped you and delivered you from destructive forces in the past! Then turn your worry and concern to prayers of thanksgiving and faith that He is helping you now! Jesus has saved you from eternal destruction and given you eternal life. He will also help you now. It is His will and His love toward you!

Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Defeat Fear With Faith!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was in Bible school, I had a class I was taking on leadership. Of all the classes I took, I probably remember more from this class than any other. My instructor was telling us about the roar of a lion and its power to paralyze its prey with fear from the intensity of its roar. As He was talking to us about this, the Lord instantly brought a verse to my remembrance, 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) which says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.” It made me think of how a bad report can hit someone and paralyze them with fear.

Is God the author of bad reports? I think not. If you follow Jesus through the gospels, every time there was a bad report Jesus would say “don’t be afraid.” Here is an example:

Luke 8:41-42 49-55 (NLT) “And now a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell down at Jesus' feet, begging him to come home with him. His only child was dying, a little girl twelve years old. … a messenger arrived from Jairus's home with the message, "Your little girl is dead. There's no use troubling the Teacher now." But when Jesus heard what had happened, He said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid. Just trust me, and she will be all right." When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn't let anyone go in with him except Peter, James, John, and the little girl's father and mother. The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but He said, "Stop the weeping! She isn't dead; she is only asleep." But the crowd laughed at Him because they all knew she had died. Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, "Get up, my child!" And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.”

Jesus wants us to know the devils devices and want us to be dependent upon Him in faith to withstand those paralyzing attacks producing fear from the enemy. We’ve all experienced them. When a bad report would come at me, I’d let the promise of God’s Word come more. Romans 5:20 tells us that “…where sin increased, grace increased all the more.” My attitude is, if evil reports come, then God’s good reports come all the more. God doesn’t want us paralyzed by Satan’s roar. He wants us to remember the roar breakers.

Luke 10:19 KJV “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” This is God’s will promise made to those in covenant relationship with Him. If you've made Jesus your Savior and Lord, that's you also! I am determined that what the devil brings against me for evil, God will turn for good and bring blessing. I don't just think it, I declare it every time the enemy tries to stir up trouble.

God desires for us to move away from reacting to everything our five senses tells us, and wants us to instead learn to stand on the promise of His Word. With God, things are not over till they are over, and even then they aren't over. Hindsight always eventually reveals God's goodness! God's Word says that the enemy has no right to harm us. It is a covenant promise. Yes, I know that people are hurt every day. Not everyone knows their covenant in God through Jesus Christ. Many don't know they can resist the devil and he will flee. Many don't know that miracles happen today! They just take life as it comes and with what it dishes out to us! Don’t try to answer for every other person’s life. Instead focus and learn to stand in faith trusting in God’s covenant promises for your life! If you do, you will see evil reports and negative circumstances change, and you'll experience more victories through Christ Jesus!

Our faith in the promises of God change things around us. These promises are appropriated by faith and the faith comes from the knowledge of what God promises you. You have to find that out for yourself. As you do, be the bearer of hope, good news and the promise of God. Don't repeat a bad report. Instead grab the hand of the reporter bringing you evil reports and say, "Come on, this needs prayer. Let's agree in prayer right now for this situation to change." Now you are a carrier of good news, of faith, and of hope. You will be used of God and be a great blessing!

Proverbs 15:30 “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good report gives health to the bones."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Moving From Anxiety to Supernatural Peace

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by Pastor Tim Burt


In the morning I love to look out the kitchen or living room window of our home which overlooks our back yard. It helps me pray! We live on a creek and it’s a beautiful setting that I thank God for. Just the beauty of the view makes me think of the majesty of God.
This morning I was reminded of a past experience and lesson in prayer. Faith-filled prayer can wonderfully affect your perspective and how you act or react toward something.

One morning we were to have a crew of men at our house to rip out some old windows and install new ones. The crew never showed up. Renee called to investigate and they were very apologetic. They had made a mistake in their scheduling. Renee tried to minimize what happened saying, "Really, it’s not a problem. Why don’t we reschedule it now?” The job was rescheduled for the following Wednesday morning. We insisted that they had to be here no later than 8:00 a.m. Renee had to leave for work early that day. I agreed to stay until they arrived so that I could discuss the job before they started, but I needed to leave to work by 8:00 a.m.

That morning at 8:10 a.m. they were still a no-show. Renee was gone and I needed to be at church. I called the company to see if they were on their way. The manager said they were and should have arrived by now. I told him I had to leave for work and that I would have to leave the door to our porch open. The thought of that made me a little upset because I didn’t like leaving the house unlocked and I had wanted to go over the job with them. He assured me they would be there any minute.
I waited ten more minutes and they still weren't there. Now I was getting frustrated. I could feel my temperature rising. I thought about it for a minute and made the decision that I was not going to let this situation knock me off course for the day. I went to our picture window and looked out and began to pray. I prayed for the men of the crew that were coming. I prayed for their safety. I prayed for their well-being. I prayed for the job that they would do. As I began to pray for these things, it was like something lifted. I no longer felt angry with them. I knew they would get there. I knew our home would be safe and that they would do the job right. I was at peace because of praying and asking God to bless them and enable them to do an excellent job.

It was a long day and I didn’t get home from church till 10:00 pm that night. I was blessed to find out that all but two windows had been done. They were ahead of schedule and doing a great job! Their work was impeccable and they completely cleaned up after each day’s work.

I could have yielded to anger and frustration and started my day (and probably theirs) miserably. Instead, by the grace of God, I traded frustration for prayer. It lifted me into a faith-filled perspective and attitude. I was so blessed praying that I continued to pray all the way to work.

It is so important for us to continually deal with what the Bible calls "fiery darts of the enemy” and instead be prayerful and thankful. It keeps our heart and attitude right. Keep in mind that this is not just for the major issues of life but for all situations that try to drag us down. Praying in sincere faith affects our heart and changes our perspective, helping us remain in faith and not caving into doubt, negative thoughts, and finally negative words and actions. Faith-filled prayer helps us keep our heart loosed from the cares and worries—from the “fiery darts” that try to knock us off course. Faith-filled prayer instead helps us produce greater fruit at what we put our hand to throughout our day!

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 14, 2015

You'll Feel Better if You'll Drain the Swamp!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When you think about the word “hurt” what comes to mind? Do you think pain? Do you think of an ache in your body? Do you think of a time or incident where you were physically suffering—maybe even right now? Who hasn’t experienced aches or pains or circumstances that have caused physical pain? I can’t help but wonder; have people experienced more emotional pain than physical pain? Anxiety and fear is like an inner pain. It hurts and you wish it would go away. Unresolved problems or relational schisms create a lot of inner pain and hurt. As I think back, there has been much more of this than physical pain in my life.

As I look around, I see so many hurting people. Let me qualify this: I see a lot of wonderful people with absolutely over the top attitudes that are working through tough times. They have their smiles. They are making lemonade out of lemons. They are doing their best in difficult life situations. But they are also carrying around a lot of hurt—the pressures and stress from trying to make it through challenging times.

Unlike a physical pain that attempts to linger whether we like it or not, the inner pain is something we can and need to drain from our life each day. Like a bathtub filled with dirty water, we need to drain the cares, worries, anxieties, and inner hurts from our lives daily. How can that happen? It couldn’t unless it was a supernatural thing. With Jesus as your Lord, His Holy Spirit as your helper, and the promises of His Word, you can experience that supernatural thing—that help to pull the plug on your inner hurts each day. It is a supernatural thing. Only the Lord can do this and only God’s Word carries the power to speak to your heart and accomplish this! It does take faith though. You have to follow the instruction of God’s Word to drain this daily swamp. These are our instructions:

First:1 Peter 5:6 (NLT) "So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor."  There is power in humility. You're not as in control of your life as you may think you are. If you truly believe God is there for you, then trust him patiently to turn things around. Understand that it may take time. Humility keeps you trusting in God. Pride makes you want to fix it yourself and fix it now! Have fun with that! The choice is up to you, but God is telling you to humble yourself under His mighty power.

Second: 1 Peter 5:7 (RSV) "Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you." Have faith that God loves and cares for you. Each day drain those hurts by casting them unto the Lord. I personally envision laying them at His feet and walking away. Then praise Him for His love for you and that He cares for you. Don't distrust that. Jesus already proved it. He gave you His best. He'll continue to help you walk out your life with blessing if you'll trust Him. Through your faith and patience, you will see Him turn things around.

Thirdly: 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NLT) "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. The Lord wants us to understand that the devil works to prey on those who fall to his lies and deceits. Don't be one of them. You are not without God, therefore you are not without his love and help!" You can take God's counsel and be aware of how the devil tries to hurt and discourage you and let the Lord show you how to resist it, or you can become the devil's victim. Jesus gave you the power over your enemy! Use it!

A while back I received some bad news and had a fitful sleep. Enough was enough! I got up and drained the swamp! God’s Word did exactly what I knew it would. It lifted me right into that truth that encouraged me and uplifted me and removed the pain“For He cares what happens to me.” (1 Peter 5:7) He will do the same for you! Daily, if you drain the swamp!

Lament. 3:22-25  (NLT) “The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By His mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!" The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek Him.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, September 11, 2015

What has America become?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


"What Has America Become" was the title of a letter to the editor written by Ken Huber of Tawas City, Michigan. It contains a series of comparisons and contrasts which causes one to think about the double-standards and conditions under which we now live here in America.

It was originally printed in the Iosco County News Herald on June 9, 2010, published in the Opinion column. As we listen to Presidential Candidates and pray for the future leaders of our nation, keep this written editorial in mind!

What has America become?
Editor,
Has America become the land of special interest and home of the double standard?

Lets see: if we lie to the Congress, it's a felony and if the Congress lies to us its just politics; if we dislike a black person, we're racist and if a black person dislikes whites, its their 1st Amendment right; the government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims; in public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process; you can kill an unborn child, but it is wrong to execute a mass murderer; we don't burn books in America, we now rewrite them; we got rid of communist and socialist threats by renaming them progressive; we are unable to close our border with Mexico, but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea; if you protest against President Obama's policies you're a terrorist, but if you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it was your 1st Amendment right.

You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas; we have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called sick people; we can use a human fetus for medical research, but it is wrong to use an animal.

We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don't want to work; we all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct; parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games; the land of opportunity is now the land of hand outs; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill is that neither president did anything to help.

And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who's at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes; tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign.

What has happened to the land of the free and home of the brave?

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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