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Monday, November 30, 2015

A Winning Marriage Secret: God's Kind of Love

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Renee and I are deeply in love and have a wonderful marriage. It wasn't always that way.

I remember a time early on in our marriage. One morning I was praying to the Lord about His faithfulness. I was praying these words, Lord, you are faithful and so full of love! You have never stopped loving us even though we have not treated you with the love you have faithfully shown us. Jesus, thank you for leaving Heaven, being born into this defiled world, living a sinless life, dying a sinner's death to pay for the punishment for my sins, and doing all this when I was so self-absorbed, I wasn't even thinking about you. You loved us even when we didn't treat you right and didn't love you back. As soon as I said those words, God used them to speak back to me concerning my marriage. "Yes I did love you when you weren't loving me back." The first years of our marriage were full of highs and lows. This conversation with God was going on at a time when we were at an all-time low. I know we were both feeling like we didn't love or like each other anymore. I knew the Lord was ministering to me about the marital issues Renee and I had been having at that time. I knew He wanted me to love Renee with that kind of faithful love I just declared the Lord had shown toward us.
He said,

I was exhausted trying to make our marriage work the way I felt it should work. We were selfish and prideful. We were immature and still needing to learn what real love—God's kind of love was. We constantly butted heads. We were both always trying to defend our position and make each other conform to what we wanted. Each of us was bent on being right. Now the Lord was speaking to me about laying down everything I felt I had to make a stand on to be a man.

The Lord was speaking to me about loving her the way she wanted to be loved. I wanted our marriage to be forever. I wanted to love Renee, and I wanted our marriage to work. Because of what the Lord spoke to my heart, I went to her and asked her to tell me everything she needed me to do that would help her feel better about our relationship. I told her to let me know of EVERYTHING that I did that bugged her and the things she thought would help turn our marriage around. It wasn't easy. Actually it was painful because I wanted to defend myself while she was talking. I felt that some of what she saying were her issues. Regardless, because I kept thinking about the Lord's faithful love, I kept my mouth shut (a miracle in itself.) This was no time to split hairs. I was going to do whatever it took to help turn things around.

There were two core values I was going to hold on to. First, it takes two to fight. With the help of the grace of God, I was going to bridle my tongue. God spoke to me and said, It takes two to fight. Refuse to fight!  Proverbs 26:20 (NLT) says, "Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear..."  Secondly, I was going to be agreeable.  Amos 3:3 (NKJV) says, "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" With these two things in mind, I went at it with an effort and fervor like nothing I had ever done before. I was going to stop everything that bugged her and help her with everything that would bless her.

It's funny but it didn't take that long to turn things around. The arguments began to stop and some of the word wounds we'd both left from previous verbal attacks began to heal. We both became less touchy about things. I continued to go out of my way to be kind to her. It wasn't long before she saw the sincere effort I was making and kicked in with a renewed diligent effort of her own.

With both of us working at it, the results were nothing less than miraculous! We liked AND loved each other again! We were both amazed at how things did such a complete turn in just a few months. Our marriage suddenly felt awesome. God was so gracious to speak those simple words that carried so much power—Yes I did love you when you weren't loving me back.

From that time forward, we made the determined choice to be careful in how we talked to each other. I no longer poked fun at her in public embarrassing her. I worked to stop and look at her when she was talking to me. She became more considerate at her timing in our conversations. There was a multitude of ways we communicated better—especially in being kind in our attitudes. Since that time, we have made kind and considerate communication our top priority. We value our marriage more than anything except our relationship with the Lord. Plus, we felt we had to be this way if we wanted to be the light and influence we knew God wanted us to be.

I have told you this because life is full times where you are called to do the right thing whether you have the emotional impetus to do it or not. We are to be led by faith in what God instructs us, not be feelings. That's what Jesus did. He loved us when we did not love Him back! When the Bible says, "We live by faith, not by sight," (2 Cor 5:7) this is what it is talking about. There are times where we have to get our emotions or the circumstances that we face out of the picture and master our decisions and actions by what we know God wants us to do. Romans 12:17 (NLT) says, "Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable." 

When we do what's right and honorable whether we feel like it or not, God can bless us in ways that we would have never imagined. Jesus knows this kind of sacrifice. He lived it all His earthly life. Remember it was He who said, "Father, if it is possible, please let this cup pass from me." Sometimes there are things we just need to do because of what God wants us to do whether we feel like it or not. Be blessed because you become a doer of what is right and good despite how you feel!

Matthew 19:26 (NKJV) "But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 27, 2015

A Warm and Inspiring Story: Woody's Biggest Fan

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Please watch this warm and inspirational video of the kindness of a few bringing such joy to a little boy living through a difficult battle. My congratulations to my friend Ryan Grams and the Uptop Films team. You represent the love of God and the epidemic of kindness this world needs.

Matthew 10:42 (NKJV)  "And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward."

Woody's Biggest Fan



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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Road to God's Forgiveness and Salvation, and the Gift of Heaven

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by Pastor Tim Burt



I have written this today because I do not want to take for granted that all my readers know that Heaven is a gift you can't earn. I still talk with may who are trying to earn their way there. Although God wants you to live Christ-like, Heaven is a gift of His grace. Hopefully if you read this and look through these verses in your own Bible, you'll come to know that you are going there when you die! 

The Road to God's Forgiveness and Salvation and the Gift of Heaven

IF you should die today are you 100% sure - sure beyond the shadow of a doubt that you would go to heaven? If you feel you can say yes, please read on.


IF you should die and stand before God and He asked you why He should let you into Heaven, what would you say?

If your answer is, "I am sure I would go to Heaven because I have tried to be a good person," it's the wrong answer so please read on.

Salvation or the gift of eternal life cannot be earned. To have earned it, you would have had to live your life without ever sinning—something that no man except Jesus Christ the Son of God has ever done. This gift of the forgiveness of our sins, the gift of eternal life called salvation is just that—a gift. It can't be earned. Like any gift, it's free and only has to be received.

The following verses help you see these glorious and eternal promises and truths

We can know - not hope - that we have eternal life!
I John 5:13 "That these things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."

No one has been able to live a sinless life 
Romans 3:10 "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one."
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God"

Sin has touched every human being's life. 
Romans 5:12 "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"

We deserve punishment for our sins but Jesus offers us the free gift of eternal life.
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

God isn't waiting for us to get cleaned up first.  He'll help us with that. He accepts us while we are still sinners, so there is no sense in putting it off!
Romans 5:8 "But God commendedth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Faith in Jesus Christ, and the receiving of the gift of salvation, is initiated by believing in our hearts and saying what we believe to God first, and then others. 
Romans 10:9-13 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

If we say we haven't sinned, we have lied to ourselves. When we admit that we have, God is faithful to continually cleanse us.
1 John 1:8-10 "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives."

Jesus is waiting for you right now! Don't put it off for a second. Let Him into your life!
Rev 3:20 "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me."

Pray this prayer of Salvation to God from your heart and mean it. If you would like to ask Jesus into your heart now, simply pray this prayer to God and mean if from your heart. A miracle will happen as you pray. You will be forgiven and brought into the family of God.

Pray this Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I do believe that Jesus is your Son. That He came to earth to die from my sins. That He rose again from the dead. Jesus please come into my heart. Please forgive me of all my sins. Please wash them all away. Please come and live in my heart. Please teach me your ways. Please help me to learn and understand your Word. Please give me Christian friends that love you and can help me grow in your Word. Please help me find a church that will teach me the Bible, and help me grow in knowing you. I thank you now in Jesus name, Amen. 

I pray you'll continue to read Fresh Manna and learn of God's love toward you! 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Walking Out Your Destiny in God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever noticed that some people seem to carry an unjustified confidence about everything they think and do—and possibly an ego to match? Confidence is a huge and necessary character quality in life. Without confidence, leaders, athletes, professionals, nor anyone, would rise to the fullness of their potential. Yet confidence is not supposed to be based on vain imagination or inflated ego. Confidence is to be based on a number of factors having to do with knowledge, understanding, ability, skill, and potential. There is one more thing confidence must be built on that is more important that the rest; a revelation of God’s love, purpose, and direction for our lives through His Word.

Pride, ego, and boasting shut God out of one’s life. Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NLT) warns us, "Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!" 

Let me tell you a powerful truth. God hates pride. Satan’s original sin was pride. Pride hinders God’s help in our lives.  James 4:6 (NKJV) says, "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."  Proverbs 14:26 (NKJV) says, “In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence…” The words “strong confidence” literally means “mighty assurance.” What this verse is telling us is that when we put our faith in the promise of God’s Word, we can have mighty assurance or confidence in His grace to help us fulfill our God-given destiny for our life. .

Strong confidence rooted in anything outside of God is nothing more than disguised pride. Pride boasts about what it knows and about what it can do. It boasts about its future and its greatness. James 4:13-16 (NLT) says, “Look here, you people who say, "Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit." How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog—it's here a little while, then it's gone. What you ought to say is, "If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that." Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.

These verses aren’t telling us not to make plans or plan ahead. They are telling us that without praying for God’s guidance and participation in our day-to-day plans, we are on a journey all by our self. Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) says, "We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." 

Proverbs 19:21 (NLT) says “Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.” As a believer in Jesus Christ, we ultimately live our life to fulfill His purposes, not our own. This the most fulfilling and joyful life possible!

God’s word promises that He will provide the desires and direction to guide us in our daily path and destiny. It’s not like you’ll notice it every day. When you are driving down a road that goes straight for many miles, you notice the turns more than you notice the long straight drive. Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) says, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

You will never extend your faith in His promise to lead you in your life if you don’t know He has a destiny for you. Once you understand that, then you will need to learn to trust and stand on these promises of God and as you do, over time you will see God’s hand leading you.

You can’t know your future except concerning your salvation and eternal life with Him. But concerning your future, you can have strong confidence that God will lead you step-by-step in your destiny as you trust Him and live for Him. In life, some people have destinies that outwardly seem more profound than others. Jesus modeled that His destiny was not about impressing others, but about being true to whatever His Father led Him to do despite how others felt about it. Likewise, your life is about fulfilling those things that He has called you to do. big things.

Be faithful to the small things! Don’t confuse your livelihood with your destiny. Your livelihood is what you do to provide a living. Your destiny might include your livelihood but it has more to do with how you live out your life for God, and how you influence others toward the plan of God over the course of your life. Again, that isn’t to be measured by someone else’s view of greatness but by obedience in your heart to do what God wants you to do. That could be preaching to the largest congregation in the world. It could also be working with toddlers in Children’s church, or helping Alzheimer’s patients in a nursing home. And being a light for Jesus daily to the world around you! Everyone needs to touch others with the love of Jesus according to their gifting and through the daily steps that create one's destiny.  As you learn to follow the inward leading of God and be faithful to it, you'll eventually have hindsight revealing how God has used, how He is shaping your life, and how He is leading you in His destiny for your life!

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Netanyahu’s Gift to the Palestinians

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu responds to a disgusting gesture with utter class

Netanyahu received an item from the leader of HAMAS. During the recent cease-fire, the leader of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, Khaled Mashal, sent a “gift”..(actually, it was a gesture of hate and contempt to the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu), in an elaborate box with a note. After having the box checked for safety reasons, Prime Minister Netanyahu opened the box and saw that the content was cow dung. 

He opened the note, handwritten in Arabic by Mr. Mashal, which said, “For you and the proud people of the Zionist Entity.”

Mr. Netanyahu, who is literate in Arabic, pondered the note and decided how best to reciprocate. He quickly did so by sending the Hamas leader an equally handsome package, also containing a personal note. Mr. Mashal and the other leaders of Hamas were very surprised to receive the parcel and opened it, very carefully, similarly suspecting that it might contain a bomb. But to their surprise, they saw that it contained a tiny computer chip. The chip was rechargeable with solar energy, had a 1.8 terabyte memory, and could output a 3D hologram display capable of functioning in any type of cellular phone, tablet or laptop. It was one of the world’s most advanced technologies, with a tiny label, stating this item was “Invented and produced in Israel .”

Mr. Netanyahu’s note, personally handwritten in Arabic, Hebrew, French, and English, stated very courteously…

“Every leader can only give the best his people can produce.”
Source: Philip Goldstein

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Get Your Mind Under Your Control For God's Glory

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Do you ever feel like your mind is cluttered with random thoughts bouncing around like Bingo Ball? Random thoughts that are distracting and steal your focus over and over again? As a young Christian, that was the description of my mind.

I have written many times about how my mind used to be like a busy intersection with no traffic signs—thoughts flying in every direction without boundaries or controls.

Before I had given my life to Jesus and before I had ever opened or read a Bible, my thought-life was out of control. I truly thought that everyone's mind was plagued with racing thoughts. I thought it was impossible to have control of the thoughts that raced through my mind and imagination. I simply thought I was a victim of my own mind—forced to think about whatever raced across my mind.

One of the greatest discoveries in my new life in Jesus was to learn that this was not true. God didn’t create me to be a victim of my own mind. He created me to be the superintendent and the sheriff of my mind and thoughts.

I can still hear the Pastor’s words that have now become my own. He said, “Your mind belongs to you! God gave it to you to be a blessing. He gave it to you to learn and think and discover the secrets of His Kingdom and the secrets of this beautiful creation He has placed you in. He has given you a mind and an imagination and the ability to control it for the purpose of being a blessing, to yourself and to others. The Holy Spirit was given and placed within you by God to teach and instruct you in what you learn and think. This is God’s plan to help you become an influence and blessing in this world.”

When I first heard the verses in 2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV preached, it rocked me to my core. "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God..." I quickly learned that I had the assignment of controlling and policing my thought-life. It continued, “And bringing EVERY thought into the obedience of Christ.” This was outright revolutionary to me.

Over the next two years, I probably experienced the most change I’ve ever experienced in my entire life. I was truly being transformed. Taking control over what I never knew I could, with the help of God’s Holy Spirit, gave me the authority I desperately needed. I never stopped using this authority and discipline and it is still one of the greatest revelations of the Christ-life I’ve ever experienced.

When random inappropriate thoughts come, whether thoughts of fear and worry, or of a sinful nature show up, I immediately cast them down in the name of Jesus. My thought-life went from random and out of control, to purposeful and methodical. My mind is now strong, purposeful, and disciplined. i think of it as a fortress that I guard in order that my heart and motivation can be pure before God! That is a radical change and one that has really made me feel the "new" in being "a new creature in Christ." Which leads me to ask… How is your thought life? If it's anything less than under your control, it's time to take control. It's your mind given to glorify God!

Romans 12:2 (NLT) "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Devoted to God Will Be Blessed!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Christians don't all walk out their destiny in God in the same manner but we should all be devout in our pursuit of God. We should all seek God through prayer and His Word, having great faith that He will order our steps. Jeremiah 10:23 NLT tells us, "I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course." 

We should plan out our days and our life the best we can ascertain but the Bible makes it clear, that we will still fall far short unless we have a revelation that God alone is the one that can lead us down His path for our lives. Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV) says, "A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps." That means that we have to seek Him through prayer and the study of His Word and then learn to discern the promptings and leading of the Holy Spirit in our heart.

As we do this we will realize that every person’s destiny in God will be different in what He has given us to do. What should not be different for us is the sincere and devout pursuit of God in our lives. Why? Because it is in being devout that the secrets of God’s heart are revealed to ours. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NLT)  says, "That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets." 

It isn’t that God won’t reveal His love and secrets to all. It’s just that they are only discovered through the pursuit of an intimate relationship and commitment to Him. It is much like the commitment of a great marriage. Most everyone wants one. Far too few have them. Why? Because of the level of commitment and love dedicated to having one from both parties.

Eph. 5:15-16 says, “Be very careful then how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”  This verse is saying that you are living in an evil world that will try to suck you in. You are to be careful! Not only to NOT be sucked in, but to be something and someone different—one who lives for and represents God, not the ways of this world. This is living a devoted life.

Not only does God reveal secrets of His love and secrets of the supernatural life when you are devoted to Him, but He uses you. God uses the devoted in significant ways. Every great Bible character that loves God proves this out!

Ananias was a devout man who God used to help heal and launch the ministry of another devout man, the Apostle Paul. Acts 22:12 "A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there.” Ananias was used to give Paul a word and direction from God which in turn launched the Apostle Paul's ministry.

Cornelius was a gentile man who did not know God but wanted to with all His heart. He prayed seeking God and giving alms to the poor and helping the Jews. He was absolutely devout in His pursuit of God. Acts 10:2 “He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” God had an angel visit Peter and send him to Cornelius and his family. They became great believers and saints for God.

Although far too many Christians have not experienced the exciting and supernatural plan that God has for their life, that plan is there waiting to be discovered! It progressively unfolds as you walk it out step by step in faith! There is only one way to discover it. Spend time praying and asking God to reveal His Word to you and direct you through it. And then live that life whole-heartedly before Him with great faith. He will move mightily in your life and you'll discover what the Christian life was really meant to be!

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 16, 2015

This Will Make Your Life Rich Forever!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


There is this thing in my bedroom called an alarm clock. If someone had never seen one before, and heard it go off at a certain time, they might think, What causes that thing to ring? It just seems to ring on its own? Of course it doesn't. It goes off because it was set by someone to go off at a certain time. Without someone originally setting that alarm, it wouldn't go off.

Sometimes when we see a person we perceive as "self-motivated," we often think of them being like that alarm clock going off without being set. We can get this perception that they are self-motivated—they just seem to do what they do without anyone setting them. Self-motivated people can appear that way. They seem to be like the energizer bunny—they just keep on going!

The truth is self-motivated people are not just that way. They are people who have been set. Something within them has been set. They are motivated by things you probably aren't aware of that keep them moving, and doing. They are not just automatically and highly motivated for no reason. Something has established and triggered their motivation within them. They know what it is though you can't see it. And because it's embedded in the core of their being, it keeps them going constantly!

What is the motivation within a self-motivated person? What is it that had triggered this energized and consistent effort of behavior toward goals they deem important? For some it may be thoughts of a better life. For others, financial success. Some may be motivated by a desire to have influence on helping others or lofty goals of changing the world. (That's me! Helping the world know Jesus!) They may be motivated by a desire to love others, or by the desire for people to love them. Whatever the reasons, there is something within that motivates them. This means that aren't really "self" motivated. It means they have been "set" from within and that desire drives their motivation. It appears to just happen naturally but that isn't the case. It is fueled by an inward desired for a particular outcome. Self-motivated people are people that are fueled by the pursuit of a desired outcome.

Being self-motivated is a highly regarded quality. Every boss would typically pick self-motivated people over anyone else. If they can find a self-motivated, faithful, loyal, diligent employee who sees the big picture and strives for excellence, they often feel as though they have been given a gift straight from Heaven. They wish all their employees were self-motivated.

Desires from within you are what shape you—good or bad. Having the right desires—good and godly desires—are imagines painted within your heart and mind that motivate you in your actions as to how you walk out your life. Asking God to form good and right desires within you, and then spending time imagining yourself executing them will begin to set your inner clock. Psalm 37:4 NLT says, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart's desires.” Taking delight in the Lord is taking delight in the instruction of His Word to you. When you begin to delight in what God desires, and pray that God help form desires in you that you know would be good, it’s amazing what can happen to you!

I learned early on in my walk with God, if I want my inward motivation properly set so that desire is formed within me, it’s critical that I imagine it. I would imagine myself doing the thing I wanted to do. Scientifically this has proven to help people. It would because it’s God’s plan!

This very thing is what helped me become a better husband and father. It helped me become a marathon runner. This very thing is what helped me invent the commercial infant changing table you see in public bathrooms everywhere today. It is what has helped motivate me to consistently write this blog the past 15 years resulting in it now being read by people in over 196 countries. I spent a great deal of time imagining those things and seeking God in how to walk them out.

Let the Lord show you that these truths are true. As you pray and ask God to form good and godly desires within your heart that are right for you, imagine yourself walking them out. As you do, pay attention to what you are good and skilled at. Pay attention to how God uses you. And pay attention to what brings you joy as you do it. And finally and most importantly, pay attention to what you feel the Lord is leading you to do—and do it! Some things will be easy and natural. Others will be disciplines He wants to develop in you and will give you the grace to do. As you do them, they will become a part of you and turn you into a self-motivated person with your desires driving your motivation!  And if you do this, it will make your life rich forever!

Proverbs 23:7 NKJV "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Never Give Up at What's Right!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

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A female CNN journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wall to pray, twice a day, everyday, for a long, long time. So she went to check it out.

She went to the Western Wall and there he was walking slowly up to the holy site. She watched him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane in a very slow fashion, she approached him for an interview.

"I'm Rebecca Smith from CNN. Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?"

"For about 60 years."

"60 years! That's amazing! What do you pray for?"

"I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims. I pray
for all the hatred to stop, and I pray for all our children to grow up
in safety and friendship."

"How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?"

"Like I'm talking to a wall."

God would have you pray through things He puts on your heart. Some things will be a life long issue of prayer. Others will be answered in seconds. It depends on who is willing to obey the influence of God that comes from your prayers. 


Ephesians 1:16-17 (NLT)"I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God." 


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Refuse to Be Desperate and Choose Abundance!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


“God, please help us – we have so many needs in our life right now!”

 Have you ever prayed or felt like praying that? When and if you have, did you pray it out of desperation with little or no faith, or did you pray it with great confidence knowing that He loves you and wants to help you? If you’ve ever felt out there on the edge without provision, you know how desperate the devil would like to make you feel. He works to create fear in this place. Many people in this place become so anxious, their character blows up. Their emotions might be all over the map. They might scream or be mad at any and everyone. They lose all hope and begin to imagine ways and schemes that can get them out of the trouble they are in. And, at this place of weakness, the devil begins to tempt. This is where many people fall prey to discouragement, dropping their guard and yielding to a variety of sins. They slip into darker places of survival mode thinking,  “I’ve got to do whatever it takes to survive” casting aside integrity and appropriateness. They think they have to fix their own problems but that doesn't work out well. And before long, they are looking for sins of comfort and escape.

Proverbs 23:29-35 (NLT) says, “Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. Don't let the sparkle and smooth taste of wine deceive you. For in the end it bites like a poisonous serpent; it stings like a viper. You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. And you will say, "They hit me, but I didn't feel it. I didn't even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up so I can have another drink?"

God doesn’t want anyone to fall into this kind of desperation. He hates how alcohol and drugs destroys lives. This is why He makes promises of help – so we lean on Him, not alcohol, drugs, or any other vice as a temporary escape from the fear, worries, and pain. He wants us to learn to lean on Him day-by-day for the wisdom and provision of God promised to His children – to those that love Him and walk with Him.

Does falling to desperation and desperate behaviors that violate what you know is right seem better than learning of and trusting and leaning on God? There is no magic with God. He’s not a wishbone. He's not a genie with three wishes. He won’t magically make problems disappear but you can absolutely be sure that if you stick with Him, He will help you confront every problem and attack of Satan with authority and confidence. You will see Him move in your life in ways that would be hard to describe to people – what you might call little miracles here and there that no one else might notice that make your heart want to praise Him.

I remember a time when Renee and I were in very difficult place financially. We had four young children two years a part in age. She had quit her job and stayed home to raise the kids. That cut our income in half.  I was working full time and trying to build a business. Our finances looked bleak to say the least. We were out of money and didn't even have enough for groceries. We sought God always and prayed through and took comfort in His promises. We prayed them over us. One night I had just put the kids to bed and came downstairs. I found Renee on the living room couch crying. I asked her why she was crying. She said, "We are out of groceries and I have no money to buy more." I reminded her that God promised to help us. We sat on the couch and prayed in faith, "Lord, I know your word says that you have never left those that belong to you, begging for bread. I know you want blessing and abundance for our life – not lack and despair. Please show us where our provision is."

The next morning our doorbell rang. A woman we knew said that God had spoken to her in her prayer time and told her to bring groceries over to us. We stood there in shock and awe! Renee cried happy tears this time. When she left, we praised God for his faithfulness and purposed always to lean on Him, chasing desperation away.  Eventually he helped us get into a much better financial place where that never happened again.

God knows you and knows what you need before you ask, yet He teaches us to ask in prayer. Why? Because our relationship with Him is an act of faith. Your asking in faith is the outworking of that relationship and exercising your trust in Him. Matthew 6:8 says, "…your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask Him!” He is not saying don’t ask. He is saying, Ask in faith! Have a confidence that I hear you and love and care about you and as you ask, know that I am working in your life.” Avoid the temptation of HOW God should answer your prayers but instead just believe in faith. Philip. 4:6-7 says, “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

1 John 5:14-15 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of Him.”
God's Word reveals the love of God and His abundant provision for those that love and seek Him in faith. His will is timeless and eternal and never changing. It is the same yesterday,  today and forever! Though culture evolves and forms of livelihood change, God’s will for you to experience His help with divine provision through faith has never changed.  Take the following verse and transpose it in your mind to your livelihood and efforts to make a living today. Again, the culture may have changed but His heart of desiring to abundantly bless what you put your hand diligently to has not.

Leviticus 26:6-13 “I will give you peace in the land, and you will be able to sleep without fear... "I will look favorably upon you and multiply your people and fulfill my covenant with you. You will have such a surplus of crops that you will need to get rid of the leftovers from the previous year to make room for each new harvest. I will live among you, and I will not despise you. I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people. I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt so you would no longer be slaves. I have lifted the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk free with your heads held high."

God doesn’t want you to be a slave to Satan or lack. He wants to help you hold your head high as He teaches you to walk in divine provision!

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT)  "And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

God's Perfection Plan for You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


This may seem like a silly question to some, but have you ever strived to be perfect? Is the pursuit of striving to be perfect a good thing or a bad thing? Actually, the pursuit of perfection is a God-given desire but different from what you might think. Let me shed some light on it.

First of all, we were created by God in His image. Genesis 1:27 (NLT) "So God created human beings in His own image…” I know your parents conceived you and  your mother gave birth to you, but it all started with God. He first created man in His image. Just as you take on appearance and qualities of your parents, so likewise you were created to take on qualities of God. That is inherent within our being. God is perfect so should it then be surprising that we might want to strive for that perfection?

Our efforts toward perfection were curtailed by the sin of Adam. Sin spread to all mankind.  Romans 5:17 NLT “The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us…” Thank God, He has a plan to help us through Jesus! Romans 5:18 NLT “…but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam's one sin brought condemnation upon everyone, but Christ's one act of righteousness makes all people right in God's sight and gives them life.”

The gift of reconciliation or having our sins forgiven and being made right and united with God comes to all who personally receive Jesus Christ as Savior. That happens by asking God to forgive you of all your sins and by asking Jesus to come into your heart to be your Savior and Lord. Upon that sincere request through prayer, the Holy Spirit of God comes to live within you in response to your request and life transformation is ready to happen. The Holy Spirit gives you the power over sin that you never before had.

In that light, the Apostle Paul wrote these words to us that again lead us back to striving for perfection. Col. 3:5-10 “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

In Matthew 5:48 NLT Jesus said, “But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” That rocks our world in a bad way because we all know that we fall short in obeying Him perfectly. The thought might come: Me perfect? What a joke! I'm a mess trying to survive! Again, as a new believer in Christ, we've been given something we did not have prior to accepting Christ. We have His Holy Spirit and His power for transformation newly dwelling in us. This is why transformation can happen and this is why Paul tells us to begin to trash old bad behaviors and put on new ones as the Holy Spirit helps us. That is when and where the desire to “be perfect” is reactivated in our life. We may have gotten lazy and apathetic or lethargic, but inwardly the desire to become “perfect” or more and more like Jesus simmers from within.

In our desire and efforts to better ourselves which is a good thing, we often get too focused upon ourselves. We try to raise our personal standard and then unconsciously raise the standard of expectation from those around us. That isn’t necessarily the best route to take. We find a better path to go down in Phil 2:3-8 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!”

I don’t think self-help books focus on this aspect of improvement. Serving God and man is seldom at the top of anyone’s list. Selflessness may be the greatest self-improvement plan and step toward perfection you could ever take. It is what begins to make you a light in this world!

Psalms 37:37 KJV says, “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.” Trying to reach some unattainable measure of perfection in your life might lead to never-ending disappointment and frustration. But becoming more selfless—giving yourself over to loving and serving God and those around you will bring you much peace and joy and you will see transformation in your life—real heart transformation toward God’s measure of perfection!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 09, 2015

Inspired and Challenged by Great Faith!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


You may or may not think about this but I often do. Inspiration is one of the great motivators of life! We all need it! Inspiration imparts hope, and fuels dream and vision. It is why I love to spend time in God's Word reading over and over about those who were true pillars of faith. They inspire me to live a significant life of serving God—trusting Him every step of the way!

When you read about King David, you can't help but think of his great faith and adventurous life in God. He passionately loved and learned of God from the time he was a boy. He studied what was taught about God by those that preceded him. He learned what Moses had learned and said, "O Lord GOD, You have begun to show your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds?" (Deuteronomy 3:24 NKJV)

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David learned this and believed it. Consequently he walked out things that God had led him to do with great faith! He believed that God would always be there to direct, guide, instruct, and bless him in that which he put his hand to for the Lord. Oh yea, David surely had his emotional moments of despair, but he would always let God's Word rise up in his heart to replace despair with faith and trust!

People that passionately love God like David did often become people who accomplish great and mighty things in the earth. 2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV says, "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself mighty on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." The things God does through a person of great faith may be invisible to those that don’t know about or care for God, but God notices and does not forget them! Hebrews 6:10  “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.”

David wanted to accomplish much for the Lord and he did. Yet even at the end of his life, Satan still opposed him trying to stir up trouble. He was stirring up trouble by trying to put someone on the throne of Israel other than his son Solomon. David didn't panic. Out of the abundance of his heart, these words spilled forth,  “…As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble..." 1 Kings 1:29  
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What powerful and faith filled words those are to spill forth from the mouth of someone. Those are the words of someone who has experienced God's help first hand. David spoke these words by faith before He knew the Lord from a lifetime of experiencing His faithfulness personally. He had his entire life to look back on. He see how God had delivered him from trouble time and time again. He could look back on his life and say, "The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; He is their stronghold in time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him." (Psalm 37:39-40)  He would also say "I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor His descendants begging bread.” (Psalms 37:25 NKJV ) 

Satan will always attack us hoping to create despair in our life, but God is always ready to inspire our hearts through the faith of those that have preceded us. Despair will try to come to your life, again and again. What will you do in those moments? God's pillars—those of great faith who have gone before us, are there to inspire us, lift us out of that despair, and help us trust our God with great faith! When we let that happen, we can then also build significant lives of trusting and serving Him. And we also will eventually learn to instinctively spill those words of faith and trust, “…As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble..." 1 Kings 1:29.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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