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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



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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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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

Is 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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