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Friday, January 29, 2016

God's Blessing in Being Equally Yoked

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Is your life a product of the attitude, Well everyone else is doing it, why can’t I? That attitude has been the demise of the Christian church today! Any parent of a teen has heard this justification of reasoning. But what about you? To what degree have you unknowingly become its victim? Peer pressure is real and surrounds each and every one of our lives in more ways than we care to admit.

Ted and Susie are in love. Their best friends Jack and Mary are in love, engaged, and planning their wedding. It has influenced Ted and Susie to think harder about getting married. No one is putting pressure on them, yet just the events leading up to Jack and Mary’s wedding is making them think more about it.

Bill and Sandy spend a great deal of time with their best friends Perry and Angela. Perry and Angela's new little baby girl Kristine now goes everywhere with the foursome. In some ways, Bill and Sandy fill like an aunt and uncle. Just being around this new beautiful little girl has begun to influence their thoughts toward having a baby.


We've all been affected by peer pressures through association. The behaviors of others we associate with, affect our thinking and behavior. Many parents have seen children who were once focused and on a good path, become distracted and headed for trouble, simply because of a new friend or friends they've begun to associate with.

When what others do begins to lead us outside of God's ways or water down our standard for godliness and integrity, it's time to take a look at the relationship and decide if that is a relationship ordained by God. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (NLT) speaks with great authority to us, "Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can goodness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the Devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? …For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: "I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from them and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don't touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

The Apostle Paul underscores this truth in 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV). "Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

Many Christians foolishly believe that the ungodly behaviors of someone they've befriended, won't affect them. They will! They'll begin to negatively affect your thinking, perspectives, and even the simplest behaviors. If you doubt it, you already are absolutely wrong and in denial. You have a false confidence in thinking that you are stronger than the spiritual forces of evil that God warns us be flee or stay away from.

God paints us a picture in Haggai 2:12-14(Amplified Bible.) "If one carries in the skirt of his garment, flesh that is holy… and with his skirt or the flaps of his garment he touches bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any kind of food, does what he touches become holy…? And the priests answered, No!" (He is saying that holiness is not infectious.) "Then said Haggai, If one who is [ceremonially] unclean because he has come in contact with a dead body should touch any of these articles of food, shall it be [ceremonially] unclean? And the priests answered, It shall be unclean." (He is saying that unholiness is infectious.)

As Christians, we are to be influences of Jesus and a light to the world, influencing others toward the love of Christ. At the same time we need to understand that our right living is not infectious—it’s not just going to automatically cause someone else to live for God just by our association. But, if we hang around or take in ungodly influences, it will dilute and negatively affect us and our influence. Unholiness is infectious!

It isn't just people that we associate with that can drag us down and away from God. It's whatever we let in our sense gates—primarily our hearing and seeing. Without developing a standard against the filth the media that surrounds us with, you will become the victim of it. It will drag you down and away from God. Satan will use it declaring you a carnal Christian that God is upset with.

Until you yield to God's exhortation and step away from relationships that are unequally yoked and influences that feed your lusts, you won't be able to see your deception and how it's influenced you.

I've seen far too many Christian men and women think they can convert the unbelieving person they have allowed themselves to fall in love with, only to later be disappointed and heartbroken. That will always be the result of disregarding God's instructions.

When it comes to ungodly influences, there is pressure that comes from those associations. Jesus said we don't hide from the world. We live in it. We work to influence it. But, when it comes to the relationships that we become close friends in, follow David’s example from these verses in Psalm 119:59-61,72 (NLT). "I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your statutes. I will hurry, without lingering, to obey your commands. Evil people try to drag me into sin, but I am firmly anchored to your instructions... "Anyone who fears you is my friend-- anyone who obeys your commandments…" "Your law is more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver!"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What to Do With Mountain Size Problems

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As I write to you today, I know that there are those of you that have issues or problems that are so huge, they feel like mountains in your life. The bigness and weight of them is might feel like more than you can bear. Satan loves to magnify problems in our life, and when situations become that big, they strip us of almost all hope. Proverbs 13:12 NKJV says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” When our heart becomes sick, we start thinking wrong. We can become desperate, confused, and have thoughts that lead to more wrong actions—ultimately making problems worse.

Worldly people without God, have no remedy for this kind of burden and hopelessness. There are many people walking around today, with what they feel are mountain size problems that are burying them in despair. Although the world has no remedy, Jesus does! He says in John 16:33 (RSV), "I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." 

The world does not expect mountains to move for them. Mountains are just that—immovable. That is except to Jesus! He expects mountains to move for Him. That is what makes Him able to overcome the world. He gives us words such as we see in
Mark 11:22-24 (NKJV) "Have faith in God.
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."


Without the help of the Holy Spirit who brings revelation and insight, those words only confuse us. "Speak to a mountain to be removed and cast in the sea." Really? We argue in unbelief, He must have made a mistake. He couldn’t have meant what He said. But, when we read all these words of Jesus, our spirit is sparked with hope and rightly so! We can pray for the mountain to be moved and it will? Yes! Remember, Jesus said, “But take heart! I have overcome the world."
When Jesus says, “Take heart…” He means take hold of this hope and take it deep in your heart. He then says, Speak to that mountain in faith! Go speak to the mountain and tell it to move! You are not of this world because you belong to God. Why else would God tell you to speak to a mountain? Who from this world would do that?

Then Jesus says, “I assure you…” What does that mean? It means He wants you to be sure you know that what He is saying to you is truth! He says, “I assure you that you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea and your command will be obeyed.” Jesus isn’t looking in a mirror saying this to Himself. He is saying this to His disciples. He is saying this to you!

He continues saying,  All that's required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. Listen to Me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. Of course He is speaking of things that are according to His will, but, hopefully that is most things you pray for! He follows with something very important for you to take care of first before you try to move this mountain. He wants your heart to cleansed and pure. He says in, Mark 11:25 (NKJV) "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses."

Unforgiveness will keep a mountain planted. Sincere repentance of sin and forgiveness of others will allow you to put mountain moving words and faith to your situation.

Proverbs 13:12  NLT does say, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” but it finishes by saying, “but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.” Jesus said, “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” That means there is hope for you and for your mountain to be moved. I have stood many times in faith in prayer with one of my prayer partners speaking to issues and problems the size of mountains. We have stood in patience and faith and seen mountains move again and again.  Impossibilities become possibilities in God. Speak to yours keeping Jesus first words in mind… “Have faith in God.”

1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV) "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, 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 the petitions that we have asked of Him." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

You're An Overcomer, Not a Maintainer!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As people exchange greetings, you might hear something like this. Hey Joe, how are you doing? Oh I'm hanging in there man. 

People often think of maintaining as not going backwards or forward, but holding onto a certain position.

I want you to imagine for a minute. Imagine that you are dangling on the ledge of a twenty-story building hanging on by your fingertips (just like in the movies.) Would “hanging in there” really be maintaining a secure position or would you be in a negative position going backwards and about to become a casualty. Those fingertips would last only so long and then you'd shortly be history!

Some imagine maintaining like treading water. Do you understand that treading water isn't a position of maintaining? It's a time clock to running out of energy and then sinking. Hanging in there, holding on, maintaining or just getting by; these are not really positions of staying securely in a place.

I am painting these pictures today to help you see that in the Lord you are either pressing on and going forward or you are actually going backwards. Hanging in there is going backwards. It's regressing! Let me show you a biblical picture of men that thought they were hanging in there or maintaining.

1 Sam 17:4, 8-11, 16 “A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet tall. Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, "Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us." Then the Philistine said, "This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other." On hearing the Philistine's words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.”

Now these men felt like they were hanging in there. After all, they hadn't lost the battle. They were both holding their sides, right? No the truth is, that in their maintaining, they were actually losing ground. Why, because they were God's men. They were God’s people and He was their God. They were supposed to be able to defeat the enemy yet, here they were, day after day just trying not to lose their position. That’s a place of going backwards. They were losing ground in their heart and faith. Every day they began to wonder if God was really with them. That wondering is doubt—the enemy of faith! Their confidence was a boat with a leak in it. When you begin to lose confidence in who you are in Christ, and His presence and desire to help you, then you are not maintaining, you are going backwards.

They were going backwards until something changed. David showed up. David knew His God. David knew who he was in God. The men tell him what was going on. This young shepherd boy's heart cried out, ”What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?" (1 Sam 17:26 NIV)

David was not a maintainer. Why should he be? God was and had been with Him. He didn't know how God was going to do it but he knew His God. He knew God required faith so he began to press in faith toward a victory while everyone cowered afraid yet thinking they were maintaining. David advanced toward the enemy and cried these famous words. "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands." 1 Sam 17:45-47

David pressed toward God’s promise and expected victory. He used His faith and authority in the Lord.

So, are you called to cower or maintain or are you called to press and win? Phil 3:14 NKJV says, “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

God is with you. God is for you. God will help you do those things that you know are His will and purpose! Rom 8:31-32 says, “… If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all--how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” And finally, this verses from II Corinthians 8:10-11 MSG help us regroup and move forward! “So here's what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart's been in the right place all along. You've got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can't.  In other words, forget maintaining! Go after real progress in your life. God is with you!

Romans 8:37 (NKJV) "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."



In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Get Free by the Most Powerful Force in Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One early morning, I had only been up about ten minutes when I found my mind preoccupied with troubled thoughts over a negative situation I needed to resolve. To know me is to know that I feel violated when my mind is filled with worry! It's not God's way! His word teaches us to cast our cares unto Him. 1 Peter 5:7 (RSV) says, "Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you." Until and unless we do, we can feel like hostages to worry. We are never to be hostages. Jesus has made us free!

Instead of worrying, I decided to get on my knees and worship the Lord. I began to sing Psalm 23 to Him in the first person,  “Oh Lord you are my shepherd, I shall not want. You make me to lie down in green pastures, You lead me beside still waters, You restoreth my soul…” At that point I could go no further. I knew the Lord wanted me to stop there. He was speaking to me through the words, “You restoreth my soul.”

I suddenly could see something. The Lord began to show and remind me of how He had restored my soul day-after-day. He reminded me of previous times my thoughts were clouded with cares and worries. He reminded me of how He spoke to me through His Word and redirected by thoughts to a faith-filled perspective where I would see things in a different and positive light. I would be instantly encouraged and just like that, my thoughts were back on a right track—in faith trusting that the Lord was working with me.

The enemy of your soul is always trying to lead your thought-life in a negative direction of fear and despair, with hopes of leading you astray from God. I could see how time and time again, as I was digressing in thought about something, He would gently get me to pause and then give me His thoughts. He'd bring scriptures to mind or I would come across those He spoke to me through his word. He’d help me stop wrong, critical, or hurtful thinking and instead, turn my thoughts in the right direction. And the moment He did, He was restoring my soul, lifting my heart, strengthening my hope and faith! Anytime you do what the Lord is asking, you feel better—even when it’s difficult. I could see time after time the Lord had restored my soul. I broke out into thanks for God's Holy Spirit living within me. He is the divine orchestrator of these kinds of experiences.

I wonder how many Christians really get and understand that the most powerful force in all the universe abides within them? It’s true! If you are a Christian, Jesus imparted these words to all who would believe.

Take a moment to reflect on them. John 15:4 NLT “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful apart from me.” He tells us He will remain IN us. He then tells us the purpose and future of the Holy Spirit coming to abide within those that will believe. John 14:16-17 NLT says, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive Him, because it isn't looking for him and doesn't recognize Him. But you do, because He lives with you now and later will be in you.”

The Holy Spirit living within us! If that isn’t powerful enough, then God’s Word tells us that the Holy Spirit is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead that know abides in us! Romans 8:11 NLT “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as He raised Christ from the dead, He will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.”

If we will yield our time to reading His Word and praying, then each and every day the Holy Spirit of God will help us. He will restore the calm and right thinking to our lives that keeps us in a good place and the right path with Him. It’s powerful to have your soul—your mind and emotions restored by God! And this is why He is called “My Shepherdwho restores my soul.”  He lives within me and you! Wow! Thank you Jesus!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 22, 2016

An Inspiring Work of God!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Reaching the World for Jesus

Renee and I just recently returned home from Lima, Peru.  My daughter Stephanie, her husband Daniel, and their two daughters Madeline and Macy are missionaries there. They originally went down to help Daniel's dad and mom - amazing missionary pastors who've been in Peru for 30 plus years. His parents have retired, and Daniel and Stephanie are now working with two of the most respected missionary pastors in the world - Pastor Robert and Karyn Barriger at a church called Camino de Vida.

In the past few years, Renee has brought missions teams down to Peru. Prior to this trip,  I had not been able to fit the time in my schedule to get down there. I can confidently say I am a good dad but was starting to feel like a bad dad for not having been down there yet. Since my daughter and her family come to Minnesota to stay with us for a month each summer to itinerate at multiple churches, I was pacified with seeing them then. But last Fall, I felt the Lord dealing with me to get down there and be with them. So, Renee and I decided to make a circle tour. We went to Texas, California, and then to Peru to visit each of our out-of-state children and families, along with two conferences in between. Needless to say, trying to keep up with our responsibilities here, by phone and Internet while traveling was a challenge. But, by the grace of God, it was more than wonderful at the same time.

Lima, Peru, is the 19th largest city in the world with 8.7 million people in a relatively small land mass. It is a developing third world nation. The average income is about $500 a month, although I think there are a great many people that live in tattered environments and make less. They work long hours, six days a week. We noticed that gas, clothing, furniture and many other products are more expensive than here. That makes their monthly average income seem less. This kind of poverty is difficult to comprehend until you see it up close. And yet the people are kind, hardworking, and wonderful!

The church they work with has five campuses that have 20 weekly services, with 16,000 people in the church. Now having said that, imagine this! They don't have a permanent church building. Land and real estate is so scarce in Lima that it's expensive. Combine that with a large congregation that lives on small wages and you begin to understand their challenge. They rent buildings that they hold their services in throughout the week. Over 1,000 volunteers make this possible. Volunteers go in at midnight and work all night setting up for the services for Sunday morning. And then they stay and pack everything up and do it again week after week. Most pastors could not comprehend how this could be possible, but they do it week after week. And they provide amazing and outstanding ministry! Some of the volunteers are only 11 to 13 year-old children who have become skilled at doing lighting, working with sound, editing videos and more. To these children, they are learning skills they could never have learned any other way! And they are learning the love of God in the process. To watch all this often brought me to tears!


I was able to minister to a group of 18 young men who are budding leaders. My son-in-law has a weekly breakfast for them. They are so grateful to have someone mentor and teach them how to develop in godly character and mature into a leader. The father of one of them brought a cooked pig for breakfast. Only three of these men came by cars. They don't have cars. The rest took buses to get there, and two men took a series of buses from an hour and a half away!

We also went with our children to an orphanage they help with. Though it was intended to be an orphanage, they have started to call it a Children's Home because no one really gets adopted from it. No one wants these children. It was started by a wonderful Catholic priest years ago. He took in an abandoned child and it evolved from there. These children have been abandoned because they were born with debilitating health issues and their parents couldn't afford to take care of them. I will post more information and pictures about all this soon on the How Your Donations Are Used page.

In this home that needs so incredibly much work, there are 26 children. Just a few can talk. Only a few can walk. With the exception of a few who have HIV, the rest have to be diapered, (most are older than 16 years old), fed every meal, washed, and taken care of 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are usually about 5 full-time volunteers around do to all this which seems overwhelming. And yes I did say, full-time volunteers!

I held and fed a three month old little girl.  She had been found abandoned in an open sewer and taken in by this orphanage. She has a shrunken head and will most likely be there until she eventually dies, which is the case with most of these children. She was crying loudly while we were there. They couldn't get to her right away because they can only do what they can do. I asked if I could pick her up and they let me. I was able to feed her a bottle, and I held her for a long time until she fell asleep.

My daughter's family brings so much joy to these children that  the children light up when they come. My son-in-law told me that when they had returned for a second time, the director asked them, Why are you here? No one comes back here a second time! They told him, We've returned to help and we are going to keep coming! And so they have... and we were able to experience this portion of their life. I cannot begin to tell you how much my granddaughters love going there and ministering to these children. And that thrills my heart more than I can say.

I will get back to my devotional writing next time I write. I just wanted to share a little about this trip and remind you that if you live in a the United States or a country where you have a good life, then count your blessings! But more than that, no matter what state of life you live in, look to help others. When you do, your own problems will become smaller. And always remember, as you refresh others, God will find ways to refresh you! P.S. And for those of you who have donated to this ministry, your funds did not go toward our travel. We pay that ourselves. This wonderful work in Peru and spreading the gospel is where the funds went! Thank you for that! 

Proverbs 11:25 (NLT) "The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

There Is Always Hope Present!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


NOTE FROM PASTOR TIM: I wanted you to know that I will be doing missions work in Peru the rest of this week and next. Because of that, I don't think I will be able to post again until January 25th. Some of you know that I say that and then I do anyway! We'll see how constrained my time is. But, in the meantime, there are hundreds of devotions to catch up on so please do! Be blessed. I pray for you daily. And please pray for the work I'll be doing! God bless you! 

There Is Always Hope Present! 

I have been writing Fresh Manna since the beginning of the year 2000. I am highly motivated to write because my heart wants to shout out to believers and unbelievers alike, “God is good,” “Life in God is full of His promises,” and “Life in God is filled with miracles.” I have to confess. Sometimes I wonder if people get it. Sometimes I wonder if people really understand and comprehend how exciting it is to live a life of faith leaning upon and believing God for every promise in His Word. If you didn’t understand that, you'd maybe only see a fraction of all God wants to do in your life and actually is doing. It’s your heart belief in His promises and leaning upon them that “opens the eyes of your understanding” so that you can see the Lord intimately working in and loving you in your life. Expectancy in God helps you see God in the details. That in turn, increases your faith and helps you to experience Him more.

The Apostle Paul knew this and constantly wrote and talked about this. That is why we see him praying this for believers in Eph. 1:18. “I pray that the eyes of your understanding will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future He has promised to those He called. I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance He has given to His people.” Paul prayed this prayer for those he had led to the Lord and for those he was helping to grow in the Lord. He knew how important it was for them to see and believe in God’s promises.

Every student of science and even those who are not know a simple truth; darkness in its darkest form cannot overtake light. John 1:4-5 says, “In Jesus was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” What this is saying is that where Jesus is, His light is. People may not be able to comprehend or understand it, but they cannot extinguish it. God's light - His love and promises are always present and available.

What does that mean to you and I? Do you ever have “dark” times? Are you ever confused? Are you wondering what to do? Do you find yourself needing direction? Even though you may not presently see it, your starting point is to know that the light -  the direction and help you need from God, is available to you and it's as close to you as the Bible is. That is why the Apostle Paul prayed that “the eyes of their understanding – of their heart, would be enlightened.”

Light overpower darkness. Darkness does not and cannot overpower light, therefore, don't let Satan make you a victim of these words.  “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” Open your heart to God's word and let His light give you the direction and help you need. Psalms 119:130 reveal, "The entrance and teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand." 
If you have strayed from God, sincerely repent to Him. Acts 3:19 says, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Then PROCLAIM His promises over you life! Psalm 73:28 says, “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.”

If you love Jesus, light is available to you today. Remember how good a candle or flashlight feels in the darkness. Draw near to Jesus and spend time in His promises. Faith in them are the refreshing of your hope today. Have expectancy that the Holy Spirit will speak through God's Word and bring you the light that will lead you into God's direction, goodness, miracles, and blessing! It is His will for you! 

Psalm 112:4 “Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

God Has Infused You With His Power!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


NOTE FROM PASTOR TIM: I wanted you to know that I will be doing missions work in Peru the rest of this week and next. Because of that, I don't think I will be able to post again until January 25th. Some of you know that I say that and then I do anyway! We'll see how constrained my time is. But, in the meantime, there are hundreds of devotions to catch up on so please do! Be blessed. I pray for you daily. And please pray for the work I'll be doing! God bless you! 

I was at my weekly discipleship group with a group of great guys and we started talking about some of the most powerful verses in the Bible. One of the guys asked me, What do you think is the most powerful verse of scripture in the Bible?  That wasn't an easy question to answer! There are so many powerful verses and actually, God describes all His word as “quick and powerful” in Hebrews 4:12. But, having said that, there is one verse that has this incredible ability to instantly set my heart on track and strengthen me. That verse is Romans 8:11 and says, "And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.”

First of all, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the very pit of Hell, may be one of the most powerful events to happen since the creation of this world and man. Jesus himself never sinned, yet He was crucified as a sinner taking upon Himself, our sins. He died, was laid in a tomb, and was raised from the dead on the third day. We see this in 1 Peter 3:18 (NLT) "Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit." 

This incomprehensible event happened with the Spirit of God—the Holy Spirit raising Him from the dead. And again, we are told in Romans 8:11, "He who raised Christ from the dead WILL ALSO also give life to YOUR mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.” This is telling us that it’s the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead that lives in you! Can you be infused with more power than that? Can you look discouragement in the eye and shout, I'm not powerless! The Spirit of God lives in me! The same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead live in me and is for me!  Learn to take this attitude when trouble is trying to discourage you and you'll never be the same!

My life was so misguided and confused before I had given my life to Jesus. I was on a collision course with death and Hell. But when I gave my life to Jesus, that all changed, powerfully and supernaturally. But when I received Jesus, He adopted me—and you! Romans 8:15 (NLT) "So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 

Every day we are surrounded by a world enveloped in conflict, devastation and evil. In our day-to-day experience as we deal with people, we are frequently confronted with some form of conflict. Satan is always working to drag us down into the mud. We get seduced into complaining, gossiping, bad attitudes, and so much more. That can make anyone feel carnal, and powerless, and a spiritual failure. It is at those times that the Holy Spirit reminds me, No Tim, you are not powerless nor did I ask you to stand before me in the perfection of your own righteousness. You do the best you can but the righteousness that you stand in is a gift from Jesus. You never could stand in your own strength and ability to get things right. You are washed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. I've adopted you into my family. Your righteousness is a gift of Jesus. And remember, It is the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead that lives and dwells in you! And, He has given you His power to live out your life here for Him.  Now meditate on the gift of God’s Holy Spirit and power within you. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and walk in my love, my righteousness, and My power!”

And to that I say, Yes Lord! I stand reminded. I pick myself back up in His power and handle life in His grace and wisdom, and grow in Him in the process! And so will you! Praise God!

Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give unto you power..."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, January 11, 2016

There is NOTHING More Exciting Than This!

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Yesterday, the Minnesota Vikings Football team was in a playoff game here in Minnesota. My son had wanted to take me for Fathers Day even though that's six months away.  At 6 below zero, it was the third coldest game in NFL history yet the stadium was packed—every seat full. Maybe I shouldn't say every seat was full. The fact is, every fan there stood for three hours cheering wildly in the brutal cold, never taking their seats! The people that organize these games make sure that there is always something going on to keep the people interested and visually occupied. I could not believe the level of excitement in the stadium. It was off the charts. The noise level seemed like it was off the decibel range chart. Many times the opposing team could not hear the quarterback yell out the calls before the snap! And hey, I was just as caught up in it. It was great fun and my fingers and toes survived the freezing weather.

So as a Christian, I would imagine that at some point, you've had this thought: If there is this much excitement for football and other sports, why can't we get this excited for Jesus? Can you imagine what it would be like if we carried this kind of excitement about Jesus into our daily life? As Christians, we all know there is nothing more exciting that what Jesus did for us. We know His Spirit lives within us. We know His presence because we see Him unfold His plan for our life and His master plan for all before our very eyes. If we seriously sit down with our Bible to study and read, God brings revelation and insight. When He does, it is so stirring and exciting! When we listen to our favorite ministers preach the Word, it moves and excites us. We love when the word convicts us and compels us to step up to all God has called us to be. And so why do we experience lulls in our walk with God? He is the winning quarterback! He has a no loss record! Through Him we win! Why do we allow ourselves to forget that? Why isn't each day, a walk into the stadium of the world to watch our team leader march us to victory?

Jesus, in speaking to and rebuking the Jewish leaders plotting to kill Him, said that they even briefly got excited about what was preached. John 5:35 (NLT) says, "John (the Baptist) was like a burning and shining lamp, and you were excited for a while about his message." Through John the Baptist, God's word preached, even got through to their hearts! Amazing! But they turned back quickly to their evil agenda.  If God's word can get to the hearts of those who are evil, how much more can it speak to our hearts and lift us up?


I believe a large part of it is because of what we spend the bulk of our time focused on and thinking about. The feelings of your heart and your emotions are stirred and stoked by what you give yourself most over to. Read newspapers and watch or listen to news and political broadcasts all the time and that will be what you find yourself thinking and talking about. Whatever you give yourself over to and fill your heart with, is what you’ll be filled up with. So lets not complicate this. Make a simple change and don’t over-think it. Just do it! Choose to pick up your Bible more often in place of what you've let become a more favored pastime. Do it with the desire to learn, study, and grow, and it won’t be long until you’ve stoked a fire. Do it more and more and soon your life won’t be about the ra-ra hype of football games or the fantasies of television and movies, or the intellectual blaa of the endless conversations of “experts.” Do it and your heart will be filled with inspiration and hope from ordinary Bible people being used mightily of God because they trusted Him, and had faith in His grace and promises.

Find a few friends that like to talk about the Bible and get together and share God's promises. Encourage each other in them! They are for now and for your life today! Pray for each other's needs. Do so and you'll have an outlet for the excitement of the Word that grows in your heart. As you share it, your heart's cup will run over and your enthusiasm and excitement will spill over to others! Unlike a pro football game, it won't be a lot of meaningless, short-lived hype. It's the place in God that you want to be and the place He wants you to be—excited about Him working mightily in you!

Romans 12:11-13 (MSG) "Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt


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Friday, January 08, 2016

God's Majesty in a Deck of Cards

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I am reposting this by popular demand. I hope it's a blessing to you! 


God's Majesty in a Deck of Cards author unknownIt was quiet that day, the guns and the mortars, and land mines for some reason hadn't been heard. The young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week. As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk.

Just then an army sergeant came in and said, "Why aren't you with the rest of the Platoon?" The soldier replied, "I thought I would stay behind and spend some time with the Lord." The sergeant said, "Looks to me like you're going to play cards." The soldier said, No, sir. You see, since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country. I've decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards." The sergeant asked in disbelief, "How will you do that?"

 "You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God....

 The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments.

 The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.

 The Four stands for the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

 The Five is for the five virgins there were ten but only five of them were glorified.

 The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth.

 The Seven is for the day God rested after making His Creation...

 The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives - the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the Earth.

 The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy. He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.

 The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.

 The Jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God's first angels, but he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joker of eternal hell.

 The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.

 The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings.

 When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year. There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week - 52 weeks in a year.

 The four suits represent the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Each suit has thirteen cards - there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.
So when I want to talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for."

The sergeant just stood there. After a minute, with tears in his eyes and pain in his heart, he said, "Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?"

Please let this be a reminder and take time to pray for all of our soldiers who are being sent away, putting their lives on the line fighting.

Psalm 111:3 (NLT)"Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

A Powerful Character Builder - Do This!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was a child growing up, there was a television show that everyone I knew watched. It was hosted by Art Linkletter. Art would interview children asking them all sorts of questions. The answers from the children were consistently humorous! I remember Art asking a young boy, Do you get your homework done on time at school? No, not very often. Doesn’t your teacher get upset with you when you don’t have it done? Well one time I didn't have it so I told her the dog ate it. Another time I told her the dog peed on it.  Excuses may be cute and humorous from a child but they are not from adults. I am absolutely convinced that most people are blind to the number of excuses they make on a regular basis.

Proverbs 22:13 says, “The lazy person is full of excuses, saying, "If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!" The excuse in this proverb is meant to sound ridiculous! Excuses hinder spiritual growth and natural success. They hinder the blessing that would come from diligence and faithfulness.

Have you ever been to a web site where they have a counter for the number of people visiting that site? Wouldn't it be interesting if there was a counter that clicked for every excuse we heard or gave in a day? I'm sure that the number would surprise us! People make excuses daily for a myriad of things they didn't do or get done or don't want to do. Many of them are not valid or truthful!

I'm sorry I'm late. Traffic was horrible today. Was that the truth or was it that you simply didn't leave on time because you busied yourself with something else or slept in too late? Might the truth be that you aren’t respectful of other people's time and you have the bad habit (and reputation unknown to you) for showing up late? Excuses may fly but they seldom sit well with the people who hear them. You don’t want it to be a part of your behavioral pattern unaware of how often you make them.

Christians that make excuses to others, also make them to God. God, I'm sorry I didn't get to pray today and spend time with you. People make and create all sorts of excuses why they can't put God and the priorities that would help them, first place in their life. God loves us wholeheartedly. He wants to help us in every situation but excuses hinder Him. They’re a sign of our personal allowance for behaviors that undermine our character development and the blessing God would like to bring to our life.

Adam gave God the first excuse blaming Eve for his failure to obey Him. In the same way God visited Adam in the garden, so He visits us and talks with us if we don't ignore Him. Jesus invites us to a bottomless well of supernatural grace and help if we will quit making excuses and take responsibility. He desires to teach us faithfulness and diligence, the atmosphere where His grace flows. When we believe that there is something called God's grace that is available to help us, and we will seek Him for it, we will experience His love and power manifest in our lives—the power that will help us follow through and stop procrastinating. But first we must ask Him to help us catch in our excuses, then ask for the grace to turn from making them. If we lean on Him to make these changes, eliminating those cursed excuses, we'll grow as a person. You will know that your character has developed to a greater place before God as you watch yourself change and eliminate excuses from your life. Then this promise will become a greater reality in your life. Proverbs 13:4 “…the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.”

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV) "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Making a Rough Day Better

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Being from Minnesota, we grew up knowing what snow was all about. We had enough to share with the rest of the country. As a kid, the best part about all that snow was being at the top of a long hill with a saucer, sled, or tube, and screaming with excitement all the way down. Unfortunately, that was always accompanied by a very long, slow hike up that same slippery hill so that we could experience the thrill again.

When I was just past my teens and entering into young adulthood, I wanted every day to be like standing on a top of a hill and sliding down with excitement. We all find out at different ages that life is far from that. People that try to make life one continuous fun escapade, are the ones most likely to get caught up in alcohol, drugs, illicit or immoral sexual behavior, overeating, and other reality-escaping habits—trying instead to constantly repeat that joy of sliding down the steep hill.

Sometimes days seem to go smoothly. They may be like a fun slide down the hill or like being out for a nice walk. A day with no fights, work gets done efficiently, and we enjoy the day and people in our lives. Other days—well let’s say they resemble that long walk up that steep hill with big boots and heavy snowpants on, navigating slippery snow while carrying your sled—all while you are half-slipping and almost falling on your way up the hill before making it to the top. Exhausting!

Maybe other analogies work better for you but I know you get the point. The reality is, some days flow better than others. But even when days aren’t perfect, having a great attitude and approach to them is a better approach than hating them and trying to escape them. You will feel best about the day when it’s a day that you give your best effort. Being diligent and giving your best effort helps you stand before God in your heart without regret. Ecclesiastes 9:10 NLT says, “Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.” What this verse is saying is, live life now giving it your best without regret because you won’t be able to recapture the moment and do it again.

Proverbs 31:27-29 NLT says to the wife and mother that has learned to give her best, "She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”

Proverbs 12:11 exhorts the person who is diligent to work hard saying, “He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.” Each and every day, we get up and do the things we are called to do. Sometimes those assignments—kids, work, chores, speaking, managing, serving, laboring, whatever we put our hand to flow reasonably okay. Other days our efforts feel like we are pushing a boulder up a hill. Having a good attitude and healthy perspective are keys to having a good day! And experiencing God's grace—His supernatural help, is the cherry on top if we’ll seek His help and pay attentions and see it when it comes!

How does God’s grace work in these situations? When things are hard and not going well, pause and lift your heart toward Heaven and ask the Lord for the right attitude and for His help to turn things for the better. Then pay attention because He will work to help you. If you don't see circumstances change, just the change in your attitude will be enough to make things better!

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT) says, “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me.”

Grace is supernatural! His help to you will be a combination of His attitude, His strength, His wisdom, and so much more working in you—whatever you need to do to get the job done right. Your attitude may stink but get His attitude and everything change instantly. The instruction of Philippians 2:3 (NLT) is one of those attitude changing verses that says, "Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves."  

Seek God for His grace to help you. Not only does He promise grace, but says that when His grace is in operation, things will turn out better than when we try to get the job done in our own strength.

Renee and I have our days of walking up that steep slippery hill. But we also have faith that God’s grace will be there to help us on those uphill days. We count on God’s grace knowing it creates the potential to become the best days of all.

Psalms 27:8 (MSG) "When my heart whispered, "Seek God," my whole being replied, "I'm seeking him!" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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