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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Seeing More of God in the New Year

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A SPECIAL NOTE FROM PASTOR TIM: Over the years, I've received thousands of thank yous from people all over the world for writing and speaking into their hearts the past 15 years. Now I am trying to make even more of a difference - not only through Fresh Manna, but on the mission field. Here is how you can help me! If you do end-of-the-year giving and would like to give a tax-deductible donation to our efforts, just click on the donate button on my home page. Consider even $1.00. It all adds up. No gift is too big or too small and It's very simple to do. You will immediately be emailed a receipt for your giving. Renee and I want to sincerely thank you for any gift you may make. Please know that God's Word promises that even the smallest effort from the heart, to touch and bless the life of another, will not go unrewarded.  Thank you and God bless you.

Seeing More of God in the New Year

One of the most beautiful pictures painted in the Bible is of a future time to come that says it all. I'll share that with you in a minute.
As a Christian and a Bible reader, I want you to think about different Bible characters that just happened to be wherever they were when God came along side of them.  Abram (to become Abraham) was living in Haran when the Lord first spoke to him.  Moses was delivered by the hand of God at birth from a genocide initiated by Pharaoh and was then first talked to by God from a burning bush. Noah was a righteous man living in an evil and defiled world when God one day spoke to him, sharing His plans to renovate the earth and to ask him to build the ark.
10_elders-crownsYou could go through character after character and you would see that God visited them and gave them the opportunity to follow and obey Him and do significant things by faith that would further God’s plans in the earth. These men and women of God were ordinary people who did not become significant or famous in anyone’s eyes until they obeyed God. Because they did, great things happened.  There is a true greatness in life. Greatness is measured only by God and His standard and given only by Himself as a gift. Without Him we are nothing.
Now about that picture that the Bible paints for us that I told you about. It is the future picture of Jesus on His throne surrounded by the 24 Old and New Testament saints that led in God’s plan. They have been given crowns as their reward for following God. What they did with those crowns is a life lesson for all of us to pay attention to. They cast the crowns given to them at the feet of Jesus. Why? Because they knew that they deserved nothing. That without the Lord they would be nothing and that everything given them was a gift and the grace of God in their life. They knew that He and He alone was and is the enabler of all our good actions and blessing and the only one that deserves glory. And so, again, they cast their crowns and glory placing them at His feet - the only deserving one!
Paint this picture in your mind as you read this slowly. Rev. 4:3-4 & 9-11 “The One sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled His throne like a rainbow. Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads… Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne, the One who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the One who lives forever and ever. And they cast their  crowns before the throne and say, "You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For You created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created."
What made these men great and able to be used of God?  It was their thankful heart! A thankful heart causes you to have a level of eyesight and perception that the rest of the world does not have. It causes you to see God in the details of your life in a way that others can’t.  It causes your faith to become stronger than most because you constantly see God working in your life. And no matter what good comes to you, you know and acknowledge that it is from and because of Him. People with this kind of thankful heart and perception are daily casting their crown at His feet.  Knowing and clearly seeing who is the author of every good thing in your life is the most pure form of humility there is.1 Chronicles 29:14 (NLT) "But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!" 
More than any other quality that we could ever develop, nothing will affect our heart and life more than to be thankful to God for every good thing in our life. If you don’t see God doing much in your life, this is why. Purpose to thank the Lord for what He did for you through Jesus daily and always. Read His Word and understand the inheritance of faith and His promises He has left to those who believe. Be thankful. Shed your personal view of any of your own success or greatness and place your appreciation where it belongs.  James 1:17 (MSG) “Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven…” 
If you want to live a life full of more meaning, significance, and purpose than you ever imagined, this is the beginning because it starts with your eyesight and a view of life that only God can reveal to you!
Revelation 7:12 (NLT) They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt


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Sunday, December 27, 2015

You Have A Miracle Somewhere in Your Life to Remember!


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by Pastor Tim Burt

A SPECIAL NOTE FROM PASTOR TIM: Over the years, I've received thousands of thank you's from people all over the world for writing and speaking into their hearts the past 15 years. Now I am trying to make even more of a difference - not only through Fresh Manna, but on the mission field. Here is how you can help me! if you do end-of-the-year giving and would like to give a tax-deductible donation to our efforts, just click on the donate button on my home page. Consider even $1.00. It all adds up. No gift is too big or too small and It's very simple to do. You will immediately be emailed a receipt for your giving. Renee and I want to sincerely thank you for any gift you may make. Please know that God's Word promises that even the smallest effort from the heart, to touch and bless the life of another, will not go unrewarded.  Back to writing on January 5, 2016. Happy New Year! Thank you and God bless you.

You Have A Miracle Somewhere in Your Life to Remember!

overwhelm1Cor 1:8-10 "...We were really crushed and overwhelmed, and feared we would never live through it. We felt we were doomed to die and saw how powerless we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us, for He can even raise the dead. And He did help us and saved us from a terrible death; yes, and we expect Him to do it again and again."

If you've ever had to stare death, crisis, calamity or any other attack of Satan in the eye? You know that if you are not built up in the Lord, he'll use them try to crush and overwhelm you and undermine your faith. He'll use them to try to get you to forget what God has done in the past for you. What God has done for you in the past is supposed to be the fuel to strengthen your faith and trust in God. The undermining of our faith is a strategy that Satan has and always will use against us. He'll work it against anyone. He did on Elijah and a woman both whom God had worked miracles for. Let me explain.

Elisha-Revealed-Gods-Power_finalGod had sent Elijah to the house of a widow who had a son. There was a drought in the land and people were dying. This woman was out gathering sticks to cook her last meal for herself and her son. Their food supply was depleted and she had lost hope. She was then expecting to die from starvation. Elijah asked her for some food and she explained her situation to him. He told her to make him a meal first and then she could for herself and her son. He then proclaimed by the Spirit of God that her oil and flour would not run out until the drought was over. She believed Elijah and made him a meal. She then discovered that no matter how much flour or oil she used, it wouldn't run out. God was supernaturally making provision for her.

Then we come to these verses that describe a crisis in her life. 1 Ki 17:17-24 “Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, "What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?" "Give me your son," Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. Then he cried out to the LORD, "O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?" Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, "O LORD my God, let this boy's life return to him!" The LORD heard Elijah's cry, and the boy's life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, "Look, your son is alive!" Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth."

Don't you find it interesting that she knew Elijah was a man of God after she saw him heal her son? Did she forget about that bottomless flour jar or the bottle of oil that never emptied? Didn't she see Elijah as a man of God through that miracle? I'm sure she did. Sometimes in crisis and devastation, we can become so overwhelmed that we forget everything God has previously done for us. That is what happened to this widow. This is Satan's strategy to bring us into unbelief and undermine our trust in God.

bible-god-quotes-386We can lose track of the fact that God has never left us. We often forget those past miracles in our lives. Out trust falters but we can't let it. We don't have to blindly trust God. We trust Him because His Word promises us that we can. He is on our side and wants to deliver us from every evil attack of Satan. As the Apostle Paul said in today's Fresh Manna verses, "... then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us, for He can even raise the dead. And He did help us and saved us from a terrible death; yes, and we expect Him to do it again and again." 2 Cor 1:8-10

Don’t let the attacks of the enemy steal your goods! Have faith in God. Fight back! The Bible says “to resist the devil and he will flee.” Cry out to God but not in despair. Cry out to Him in faith and say, "Father I know you are good and I trust you to deliver me from every evil attack of the wicked one. I thank you that you are always with me and will see me through this in Jesus name." Bless you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 21, 2015

God is Working Mightily Behind the Scenes!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


If you watched and listened to the news often, you would think the world is horrible and getting worse. No, the truth is, God is working mightily in the earth and His grace, mercy and good news is always working behind the scenes. The gospel is being preached but, it is also the goodness of God that draws men to repentance.  Goodness is happening, even in the midst of evil. As you watch this short video, you'll see just how much God is helping our world! So, don't let the enemy draw you into despair. Lift up your head, pray, and thank God He is answering your prayer and working in the midst of the demonic work of the enemy. Those that know God will see this truth!

Psalms 136:2 & 6 (NKJV) "Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever."

Enjoy this fascinating short video by Hans Rosling! 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats - BBC Four



In His Love,
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

God's Miraculous Help in Our Lives!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Renee and I would tell you that Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV) has been a foundational verse in our life. It says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” I learned that verse early on in my Christian walk and it greatly helped my faith.

At that time, I was a young man and a young Christian. I had a beautiful wife I believed God hand-picked for me as a gift, and four beautiful young children each just two years apart. I remember feeling like the richest man in the world! Was that because I had a lot of money? Not at all! We were financially poor at that time. But I felt rich because I always dreamed of being a husband and father and now I was living it!

We all loved each other and enjoyed life together. We had no extra money. None!  We could barely pay our bills. But our life wasn't about money. It was about our love for God, our love for each other, and trying to bring God’s love to this world. That was what mattered. But we, like anyone else, did face the financial obligations and needs that everyone else did. And the cares of them would often try to get into our heads and thought-life and bring us down. But as often as that happened, to the very best of our ability we would try to practice 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) that said, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." When the devil tried to build fear through cares, we would carry then right back to the throne of God and lay that at Jesus feet, daily!

I worked hard to provide for our family and Renee worked hard to make our home and family atmosphere special and fun. But, we could have felt as overwhelmed as anyone over all the thoughts and cares that presented themselves.

One day we were watching a children’s video called "Gospel Bill" with our kids. These videos were produced by Willie George—one of the best Pastors and children's Pastors in the country. The videos had a bad guy character called El Diablo. He would often knock on Gospel Bill’s door. Gospel Bill was a sheriff and El Diablo was a villain that never talked. When Gospel Bill heard the knock on the door and opened it, El Diablo stood there carrying all these packages that he would try to hand over to Gospel Bill. One was marked, Cares and another was marked Worries.  Another was marked Sickness and another Disease. Another was marked Lack and another Poverty. He was trying to get Gospel Bill to take these packages but he wouldn’t receive them! He told El Diablo to take them back—that those weren’t gifts and especially for God’s children!

That children's video helped me tremendously! I made the picture so clear. Satan is the author of these things and we needed to reject them in our life! Renee and I and the kids got it! We would learn to reject every care and worry and fear that would present itself. We would reject them and lay them at the feet of Jesus. He died to carry and take them for us. Galatians 3:13 NLT made that clear! “But Christ has rescued us... When Jesus hung on the cross, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." 

Those packages represented the curse of what is in this earth through sin. We're told here that Jesus took that curse upon Himself to redeem us from it! As a family, we made the faith-filled decision to believe God's Word. We weren't cursed. We were blessed! Jesus died and paid the price so that we could be! It was spelled out for us in Galatians 3:29 (NLT). “And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises (blessings) God gave to him belong to you.”

When our family was young, it was normal for me to wonder, God, how is this all going to work out? How am I going to afford to put them through school, and braces, and clothes, and college and on and on? I’d think, I’m not smart enough or skilled enough to provide for my family. The Lord would remind me to lay those cares at the altar and remember that Jesus gave His life so we could expect His blessing and help. And again. this is where we learned to love and embrace Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV). “Now to Him (Jesus) who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…”


“The power that works in us” is our faith in the fact that Jesus intimately loves and cares for us and desires to help in every step of our life. I don’t know about you, but I never stop being dependent upon Him. I need His help every day! I have that precious promise that He will do “exceedingly abundantly above all that I can ask or think,” if I hold on to my child-like faith.

As we look back, God has truly gone far beyond what we ever imagined or could have asked. We are so thankful to Him! Not just for helping and taking care of us, but for allowing us to know Him and have this place of faith where we could cast our cares and trust Him. His Word is so rich with His promise and love to us. He is such an intimate and loving God. And that is why to this day, we cast our cares unto Him and trust He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all what we can ask or think, according to the power that works in us!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Special Message from Pastor Tim to You

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A Special Message From Me to You! 

I would like to share with you a change I am making regarding Fresh Manna. If you appreciate my efforts in writing to you for all these years, then please do me this one favor. Read this an keep and open heart! Thank you in advance for that.

I hope one of the reasons you are reading this is because you have been blessed by my Fresh Manna. If you don't know who I am or much about me, I encourage you to read my "About Me" page. I have been writing this blog since the year 2000. As of December 2015, I will have written four times a week for the past 15 years. In all that time, I have never had a donate button on my site nor have I ever asked for a penny. To the contrary, I have not wanted to receive anything, but only to give.

I am a Pastor, and this was a way for me to reach beyond the four walls of the church and to touch the heart of others with the teaching, love, and grace of Jesus Christ. I had no idea that it would evolve to the point it has today. For the past three years, Fresh Manna has been read in over 196 countries. I have people write me daily with their thanks, their kind words and their problems.

I've responded to almost every one in the past 15 years. I began using Twitter in 2008, to again increase reaching more people with the love of Jesus, and I now have over 112,000 followers who each have their own follower base. My tweets on Twitter, which are almost exclusively about the love of God, are re-tweeted (re-sent out by others) thereby reaching 2 to 4 million people virally. Those who follow me on Twitter also communicate with me and often ask for prayer or guidance. I also respond to almost every one of those people. Needless to say, this has become a labor of love which I have adjusted my life to accommodate. I gave up Marathon running to free up hours of daily running so that I could do this. It has been well worth it.

As I continue to find ways to reach people, there have been increasing expenses which I have always paid for. Your donation will continue to help me write and expand the publication of Fresh Manna on the web. It will also pay for the cost of sending the email subscriptions that currently are and always will be free to Fresh Manna readers.

We now have children on the mission field in the third world country of Peru and want to do more to support them in their amazing work. They are impacting thousands there in variety of impacting ways. They also help an orphanage in Peru that takes in fully disabled children of parents who don't know how nor have the resources to care for them. The donations that come into our ministry will be used for these outreaches. I will take no salary of any kind for myself and will only cover the nominal costs of the fees for this blog, PayPal, and other very small administrative fees. The rest will be fully used on the mission field.

I pray that my posts been a blessing to you. I know they are to many which is the reason this blog has grown to the level it has. Many people over the years have asked if they could donate. Some have said they didn't have a home church to tithe to and wanted to send it to me. Others wanted to send in donations to help further my work of getting Fresh Manna to the world. So after 15 years of kindly thanking them but turning all but a few down (who just mailed it to me without asking),  I will no longer do so. I will receive and put to work the donations you would like to send in. This is a non-profit ministry, and your donations are tax-deductible according to the laws of your country.

The Christmas Season is here and if you do end-of-the-year giving and would like to donate to our efforts, just click on the donate button on my home page. It's very simple to do. I assure you that no gift is too small or too big! You will immediately be emailed a receipt for your giving. We want to sincerely thank you for any gift you may make. Please know that God's Word promises that even the smallest effort from the heart, to touch and bless the life of another, will not go unrewarded. Thank you and God bless you.

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.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim and Renee Burt

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Empowering Cycle of God's Love

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by Pastor Tim Burt


God loves us so very much that it’s beyond our ability to comprehend it without the help of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit not only helps us see life through God's eyes, but reveals the magnitude of His love which is beyond human comprehension. Imagine love perfectly pure in judgment, faithfulness, and motivation—directed at you!

The Apostle Paul expressed it being so great that we needed to pray to ask the Lord to help us grasp the magnitude of God's love toward us! Ephesians 3:18-19 (NLT)  "And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God."

Jesus is the manifestation of that love. What He did for you had and has the potential to help you live the purpose-filled life and destiny that He created you to experience.

Renee and I are empty-nesters. Our children are all adults, married with children. So, in this season of life we've made changes we couldn't make when we had our kids at home. One of them is to get up early most every morning and go for a 2-3 mile walk. We start out talking and catching up on our previous day, and then we pray together while we walk. We start off every prayer-time simply thanking the Lord for leading us into this wonderful habit of walking and spending time with Him. We thank Him for the beauty of nature around us—no matter what the season is we are in. Each season has its own display of beauty. We then thank God for things we are so thankful and appreciative for. In just doing that, it seems to lift our heart.

We are very busy people and have exhausting days. It would be easy to become overwhelmed with the demands on our life. We have learned that in those moments of taking in the beauty and splendor of what God has created, and in thanking the Lord for His goodness toward us, the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of our heart to see even more. The more we do see His goodness in our life and thank Him for it, the more His goodness and help becomes visible! The Holy Spirit helps us see God's hand of help on all that we are doing. That only builds our faith and trust in Him and opens the door for more!

Every time the eyes of my heart are open to see His goodness in my life, something instantly happens. I feel humbled knowing how undeserving I am of anything from Him. I know it isn’t about what I deserve, yet I find myself wishing I was more deserving of His love for me. In these times, it makes me want to repent of any and everything in my heart and life that is less than what I should be returning to the Lord in love and obedience. His goodness has that effect on me. Romans 2:4 (NLT) says, "Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?"

The Apostle Paul said this was one of the results that should happen from God’s goodness touching our lives.

In the big picture, loving and appreciating God's love toward us through Jesus is something powerful to meditate on. It will open your eyes to see more of His love. It will help you see how involved He is in your life, And it will humble you which in turn motivates you to return your love to Him through a more pure life in Christ.  It is a wonderful cycle of love that is full of insight, blessing & God's power!

Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV) “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Making Sound Decisions in Desperate Times

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One day as I was driving to a meeting, I was pulling onto a ramp entrance to a four lane freeway. As I was heading down the lane to merge into traffic, I saw something ahead that was hard to make out. As I got closer, I could see that it was a mother duck leading her baby ducklings across the ramp toward the center of the freeway with rush hour traffic going on. Even if she could have crossed all the lanes which wouldn't have been possible, the freeway was divided by a tall cement medium. She was walking them into a death trap. I can only figure that she became disoriented since it made no sense. I pulled along side of her on the left to honk and try to scare them back to the side of the road which worked. As I was driving away, the experience launched me into deep thought.

I suddenly found myself thinking about people I've known—people who were in desperate situations making make decisions that make no sense whatsoever to anyone but themselves. I've seen desperate mothers or desperate fathers with small children make decisions that would hurt them and their children. I've seen people make desperate decisions that would only make things worse. Desperate situations don't discriminate. They seem to appear in everyone's life at one time or another. Unfortunately, many people only make things worse at times like this. I think there are three factors that contribute to desperate people making decisions that make things worse. They are, fear, poor self-esteem, and hopelessness.

Almost never do these desperate situations happen overnight. Things began to erode over a period of time. When prolonged trouble prevails and people can't seem to get out from under it, they lose confidence in themselves to do or get anything right. They begin to feel like a failure and the devil is there to be sure to accuse and confirm that they are a failure. What ever confidence there ever was, has been replaced by low or no self-esteem.

When people are facing circumstances that make them feel desperate, they have come to the place where they feel hopeless.They can't see things improving with making some kind of radical decision. They often mentally block out the thought of the possible outcome. It's often a last ditch effort to manufacture their own miracle and to the observer, it seems insane.

And then there is the fear factor. The self-esteem has deteriorated from low to nothing, hopelessness has begun to root into their emotions, and fear of more bad news screams in their mind at every turn. This is when people begin to defy any common sense and make decisions that are disastrous in the making. They've lost their faith in God.They are no longer thinking of big picture. They are only thinking of temporary relief even if it makes no sense.  Thus, disastrous decisions are made that steal life!

Jesus spoke simple but powerful life-changing words to bring supernatural comfort and hope in desperate times. He said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light." Matthew 11:28-30 NLT

Jesus knew He was the solution to their fears, hopelessness, and low self-esteem. He wanted to take their back breaking-yokes or troubles and burdens and help them turn their life around. He said His burden was light.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 NLT encourages us not to be like people who have no hope saying, "And now, brothers and sisters, I want you to know what will happen... so you will not be full of sorrow like people who have no hope." God never wants us to lose hope! Psalm 31:24 NLT says, "So be strong and take courage, all you who put your hope in the Lord!" He is our hope!

Self-esteem that comes from anywhere other than the Lord is pride! Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” Every good thing we do, we do because the Lord helps us whether we realize it or not! It’s only when we reverence the Lord and lean constantly on His help, that we know He is the source of all we have. This is the place where real self-esteem is built—where we can have strong confidence—not in ourselves but confidence in Him as our helper in all things! Proverbs 14:26 (NKJV) says, "In the fear (reverence) of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge." 

Finally, fear must be cast out of our life. Why? Because it’s destructive! 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear...” Did you see that? “Perfect love drives out fear…” This isn’t about us being perfect in love. It’s about God’s perfect love for us and our trust in that love. When you trust that God loves you and cares about every situation in your life—when you believe that He is there to help you in every situation despite how desperate things look, then you are walking in His perfect love. It drives out fear.

Desperate times manage to find their way into our life like ants find cracks. In those times, you can become fearful, hopeless, and let your esteem be destroyed. It will lead you to make disastrous decisions. Or, you can hope in the God of all hope, build your esteem and confidence by learning to lean on Him, and be one to cast out fear. If you do, then even in desperate times, you can make sound decisions knowing that the Lord will help restore your life and circumstances to a better place!

Psalm 33:20 “We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.“

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Commitment Produces Marvelous Blessings

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by Pastor Tim Burt


From 1977 until about 1993, I had been running 12 mile runs frequently and had a regular early morning routine of  3-5 mile runs with a Pastor friend of mine.We both loved to run and pray together so we got up very early about four times a week. Those were precious days.

Then one day another Pastor friend of ours approached us and said, Hey, I’ve decided I am going to train for and run a marathon. Why don’t you guys join me? You both like to run. I asked him, How far is a marathon? He told me, 26.2 miles.  I thought he was crazy, but then couldn’t stop thinking about it. Hmm! I began to pray about it and talk it over with Renee. There didn’t seem to be any obstacles other than managing the time to run which I already was with my current running routine, so I agreed as did my friend. But neither of us knew what we were agreeing to. Almost nothing has stretched my disciplines, my character, and my commitment level as this did. We ran the marathon that Fall and then four more over the next four years. It changed my life forever in the most positive way.
I knew it would help me get in the best shape of my life—not a bad thing to do at the age of 40. I already enjoyed running but this would give me even more time to pray.

I am now 62 years old. I had found myself thinking a great deal about training for a marathon again. To be honest, I’m wasn't sure if it was a good idea. The physical and time commitment of training would be high and I’d have to train for the next 9 months to do it. The time commitment is intense and there are a many other ways I could use that time. I wasn't sure if this was what the Lord wanted. What I was sure of, was this had been rolling around in me for a while and I had started to pay greater attention to the thought of doing it.

One night I said to Renee, would you like to go on an early morning walk tomorrow? She said sure. We loved it and did it again. And then again. I realized that God used the thoughts of a marathon to spur me forward, only it was for walking with Renee—not a marathon. We both came to the conclusion that it was God that led us into this new adventure. BUT, winter weather was coming up. Could we commit to this regardless of the weather or would this soon fizzle as we flip-flopped on bad weather days. We were both positive that the Lord orchestrated it and felt we needed to set the commitment. We both went out and bought the foul-weather gear we needed so that we would go out regardless of the changing weather—rain, sunshine or snow.  

Commitment is what makes all the difference. It’s where you stop flip-flopping and make the decision God is stirring you to. Commitment moves you forward. Wavering is a curse. It leaves you in the land of indecision. Too many God-given desires are pondered to death! Indecision keeps your life from moving forward. It often steals from any kind of destiny that might otherwise come through commitment. When people wonder about but never commit their life to Jesus, they are tossed through life as described in Ephesians 4:14 TLB  “…forever changing their minds about what they believe because someone has told them something different…”

When people don’t make commitments about things they know they need to do, they waver, are tossed around in indecision, and flounder. James 1:5-8 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does."


What is God asking you to commit to?  Going to church? Giving your life back to Him? Reading your Bible? Being a better spouse or parent. Whatever it is, make the commitment and move forward in the grace of God. He will help you. You will discover that commitment produces marvelous blessings in your life. You will never regret it!

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 11, 2015

This Entire Gift is for You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


If your birthday on the horizon? If it is, you may be receiving a birthday gift from someone. Imagine someone hands you this beautifully wrapped present and you take it and just set it on the counter without opening it. Because you didn't, you never found out what it was, nor thanked the person for it. I would call that a lose/lose situation because you’d never received the gift they gave you and they’d never receive the full joy of seeing you be blessed by it.
                         God gave us the most precious of all gifts—Jesus! Some parts of what Jesus did for you, you have received. Other parts of this gift, you’ve really not understood or received the benefit of. They are still sitting wrapped in the box! You may know and understand that Jesus died for all your sins. You may understand that He has given you eternal life—the promise of Heaven as your home living in His presence for all eternity. What you might not understand is the power in His grace to help you here in this life, now!

Imagine that Titus 2:11 (NLT) is a part of the gift in your box. It says, “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.” You read that verse and you catch the salvation part and you think you know what that means, but you just kind of skate over the grace part, leaving it in the box. That little word “grace” is so miraculously powerful! The word “grace” literally means this: God’s gift of divine influence upon your heart that helps you see how His ways will benefit your life, make life pleasurable, and bring you great joy! That one little word “grace” means all that! So you could read this verse from Titus like this: “For God’s gift of divine influence upon your heart that helps you see how His ways benefit your life, make life pleasurable, and bring you great joy, HAS BEEN REVEALED, bringing this great salvation to all people.” Unless you understand grace that way, you are leaving part of this gift in the box undiscovered.

Salvation is more than just being forgiven and receiving eternal life. It’s about receiving the most powerful influence needed to live a godly life here and now—God’s divine influence upon your heart. His influence upon your heart is a miraculously powerful life-changing influence. It changes how you see things. It changes your attitude. It empowers your inner strength to do good and overcome evil! It fills your heart with love and thanksgiving for God.

Now Titus reveals to that this “grace” can help us navigate this evil world with great help and power as we let God’s influence upon our heart be greater than the ungodly influences of the world around us. Titus 2:12 continues saying, “And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God.” It is God’s grace—His divine influence upon our heart—that empowers us to turn from godless ways and instead do things His way with great joy!"

Then Titus 2:13-14 finishes this thought, helping us not just to look forward to Heaven, but to live victoriously in the only true kind of freedom that exists in this world—freedom from sin through the gift of grace. It is this way that makes life pleasurable and brings joy! He says this: “…while we look forward to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave His life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us His very own people, totally committed to doing what is right.”

This all comes back to His empowering grace that God has made available to you. Embrace His divine influence upon your heart that sets you free to live for Him in victory today!

1 John 4:4 (NKJV) "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Change Your Words. You'll Change Your World

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As I was standing in front the of bathroom mirror shaving this morning, I was thinking about a conversation I was soon going to have with someone. Suddenly I could hear the Lord speak to my heart. He said, I don’t want you to say that. I don’t want you to have that conversation. There are some things left better unspoken. It was so simple and gave me such clear direction and I knew it was going to help me and protect me in more ways than I could foresee.

When I think of all the basic biblical life-application lessons I have studied over the years, I’ve probably spent more time studying the importance of right thinking and the words we speak, than anything else. In my view, it is the place where people hurt and get hurt the most. If only the old saying, Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me were true. It’s one of the most untrue expressions that has ever been passed along in life. Words damage people, and some so badly, they never fully recover. God tells us that learning to communicate effectively is what makes us perfect meaning complete and mature. James 3:2 says, “We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.”

Far too many people say whatever comes to mind.  Those people fall into the Not Too Bright category! The opposite of that is where wisdom lies. There is much that passes through our thought-life that we should never say. Proverbs 14:3 (NLT) "A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe." 


The mind should be filtered in the same way people use a filter to purify water. As you learn God's Word, the Holy Spirit gives you discernment that teaches and guides you to cast down wrong thoughts and restrain wrong thinking and damaging words. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) says, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." It is only then that your mind, thoughts, and words work in harmony to speak words that produce life and blessing. This process protects us from the danger spoken of in Proverbs 29:20 NLT.  “There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.”

Renee and I are the parents of four adult children, each one graduated from college, each one married, and all have children. They are our children but they are also adults. Of course we have thoughts and opinions about decisions they make. Most of them in our view have been fabulous. But there is always the occasional time we may not agree with a decision they’ve made. As a parent, the temptation to say something is often there. But when a decision is not destructive, or evil, or one that will hurt them or others, then we have no right to give our opinion. It’s their life. Unless they ask us what we think, it’s not our business to interfere. I loved this about my parents.
Thought they had very strong opinions, they never dumped them on us or interfered in our decisions or life. They prayed for us and supported us because they realized that we could figure out our life without their opinions.

Words, opinions, random thoughtsthe mind is filled with them. God will help us to discern those that are appropriate to say and those that should never be spoken and maybe even cast down from our thought life. As He does and as we heed his advice, we become more and more mature and complete “the perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.” He helped me walk closer toward that goal this morning. He guided me through what I should and shouldn’t say! Thank you Lord!

Proverbs 13:3 (MSG)  "Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt





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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

God's Gifts Helps Build Your Character

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I have always loved Psalm 112. It is to a man what Proverbs 31 is to a woman. In both cases they are templates of the image we want to let the Holy Spirit transform us into! I look at Psalm 112 like it was a mirror reflecting what God wants me to become.  When the Bible says to be conformed to the image of Christ and a man or woman wants to have a greater revelation of that image, these are two chapters to meditate on for greater insight.

Psalms 112:9 (NLT) says that those who love God, "... share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor." This God-reverencing person is described as one who scatters his gifts to the poor. This statement is often thought of and interpreted as one who gives monetary or material gifts to those that are lacking. That is a proper interpretation of that verse but the application does not stop there.

The majority of people experience times when their ability to give monetary or material gifts are limited. But according to Romans 12:6 NIV, we are taught “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” The Bible tells us that by the grace of God, He has endowed us with various giftings and talents. These are very precious gifts. An example of just one type of gifting mentioned is the gift of mercy.

I think that most of us have had an occasion where we’ve said or done something stupid. (As I'm writing this I can just hear someone say, Yea, like every day!)  At times like that, the conscientious person wants to kick themself and beat themself up. About that time God will often send a mercy-motivated persona person who does everything in their power to comfort you and share with or remind you of God’s love and forgiveness. They do their best to bring you into a place of comfort through their kind, merciful, and exhorting words. Oh how we love mercy from God and others. So why is it then, that too often when someone other than our self says something stupid, they may later become the topic of discussion and gossip and mercy doesn't come as fast for them? Don't they need it also? We all need it and this is why it is so important to give it! And, this is just one of those gifts that is within everyone including you if you will let God draw it out of you! Not only is it in you, but it is abundantly in you so that you can scatter it freely. And other than time it takes, it's free to give!

God has deposited gifts within us all and they were never meant to be dormant in our life! All the various talents and abilities that God has deposited within us are gifts that can be scattered abroad continually. Every time you bring your child into a children's ministry classroom during a church service you are being blessed by people who are scattering their gifts for the blessings of others. They minister to your child so that you yourself can be ministered to without distraction.

If not having money is your excuse, you don't have one! Each one of us has a deep well of riches to scatter to others. Go read Romans 12 and discover them. Then pray and ask God to draw them out of you so that you can learn to scatter them freely. As you do, you will come to understand that this is the process of how God develops godly character within you and how you take on the mirror image of Proverbs 31 or Psalm 112.  Whether its money or resources you have to give, or whether it's the gifts of God within you, give them! And as you do, be blessed as you use what you have to touch, influence, and bless someone with God's love today and everyday!

Romans 12:6-8 "We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt


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