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Monday, February 29, 2016

This Will Make You A Better Person!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Do you think you've ever been judgmental about someone or about their situation? Do you think you've ever justified your own wrong actions because you knew the intent of your own heart and had an excuse for yourself, but maybe not so much for others? Every human being on this earth is guilty of judging others and being lenient on themselves. I have heard people say countless times, “That isn’t what I meant” or “I didn’t meant to do thatthat was not my intention.” There are times when we act like our hearts are so pure. We want them to be. Hopefully we seek God for His help in having a pure heart and rightly motivated words and actions. But we still blow it, and more often than we care to admit. Right? God has a standard for us to walk in that He teaches us in His word, but, walking it out in our own strength is impossible. Only with God's grace and help td we get things right! I hope we can all admit that!

God gives us righteousness as a gift that we cannot earn. We are saved from sin and washed, not because we've been good enough, but because Jesus lived sinless, yet died a sinner's death to take the punishment for our sins upon Himself. When we receive Him as our Savior and the forgiveness of sins that He paid for, then we've also accepted His righteousness that becomes our gift. You'll never earn your way into Heaven by being good enough. You've already failed at that! You'll get there only because of His righteousness—a gift given to you when you received Him as Savior. Romans 4:7-8 (NIV) "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."    

God sees us washed and pure but still expects us to sincerely repent and work toward change. The profession of our faith and that effort to become more like Him is the proof of our Christianity and the evidence of the Holy Spirit working within us. That transformation will be ongoing until the day we are with Him. In the meantime, His blood shed for us now covers us like a robe.

If we put on a white robe, it wouldn’t matter what was underneath. The robe would be all that is seen. Jesus has provided us with a robe of righteousness—a covering for our sin. Isaiah the prophet could foresee the day when Jesus would do this for us and spoke the prophetic words that every believer of Jesus Christ walks in today. Isaiah 61:10 (NLT) "I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness..."
This gift to those that believe, is a robe that covers our sins so that in God’s eyes, He sees our righteousness—not the unrighteousness of our own flaws that we all know too well.

We have flaws that our robe from God covers. So do others! As we walk through life, we don't want to walk through life being judgmental or condemning. Jesus didn't come to condemn us. Nor should we be busy judging others. We should be agents of His mercy and grace—agents of this good news!

Who would you rather be around? Someone that sized you up and judged you, or someone who realized how flawed and forgiven they were, which made them more merciful and accepting of everyone around them?

Jesus summed this up for us in Matthew 7:1-5 (NLT) "Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. For others will treat you as you treat them. Whatever measure you use in judging others, it will be used to measure how you are judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, 'Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye."
Be a light today! Be merciful as God has been with you! Let others feel His love and mercy through you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Rescuers

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Extra from Pastor Tim:  The Family Research Council has created a 501(c)3 IRS compliant Presidential Candidate Voter Guide that can help educate about where the candidates stand on various issues.http://downloads.frcaction.org/EF/EF16B01.pdf
I hope it will help you understand where the candidates stand on current issues before you caucus on Super Tuesday. #KnowWhoYouAreVotingForAndWhy.


The Rescuers  
Author Unknown

Walking through the forest, a seasoned hiker came upon a broad, slowly moving river. He stopped to gaze over the waters, appreciating the beauty, when suddenly he heard a faint cry coming from upstream. Looking in the direction of the noise, he saw an obviously drowning man floundering in the river and drifting slowly toward him. The hiker was stunned momentarily, but he sprang into action when he saw the man disappear beneath the waters. Throwing off all of his cumbersome gear, he dove into the river and swam like a madman toward the spot where the man went under.

Upon reaching the spot he plunged below the surface and frantically hauled up the helpless man. He then laboriously towed the victim to shore. Heaving the lifeless body up on the riverbank, the hiker attempted to revive the man, who eventually spit up water and began to breathe.

Relieved, the hiker paused to catch his breath. But no sooner had he done so than he heard another voice out on the water. Another drowning person!

Once again he swam out and pulled the person to shore, a little more slowly this time. As the hiker-turned-lifeguard revived the second victim, he heard yet another cry for help.

All day long the hiker worked, rescuing one person after another as they came drifting down the river. There seemed to be no end of drowning victims, and the hiker didn't think he could keep it up.

Just when he was about to collapse from exhaustion, he spotted another man walking rapidly beside the river, headed upstream. "Hey mister!" he cried out. "Please help me! These poor people are drowning!"

Amazingly, the man kept walking upstream. The astonished hiker called out again. Without even acknowledging the cry, the man kept going. Indignant and angry, the hiker leapt to his feet, ran toward the uncompassionate man, stood directly in his path, and in a loud voice demanded, "Sir! How can you possibly walk past all these drowning people? Have you no conscience? Must I force you to help me save these people?"

The stranger stopped, looked at him for the first time and said with a calm, focused voice, "Sir, please get out of my way. I am headed upstream to stop the guy who is pushing all these people in."

Each of us has a role to play in rescuing those who are drowning in sin. Some of us pull people from the water and resuscitate them with counseling, food and shelter, a rehabilitation program, a support group, or financial aid. Affirm those doing these important ministries. Others of us find our place of ministry upstream, opposing the one pushing people into the river. We do this by introducing those people to Jesus Christ, knowing Christ sets a person free from sin and releases them from Satan's power over them. By itself, pulling people from the water isn't enough. We need to help people deal with the problem of sin at its source. -- Author Unknown


1 Cor 3:8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What to do When Your Emotions Feel Flatline

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever started out your day feeling emotionally neutered? You know, just not feeling much of anything one way or another? Then wondered why you were feeling so emotionally flatline, wondering if something was wrong with you?

Unless you understood that your feelings are not always an indicator of anything truthful or real in your life, you could begin to wonder or panic, What is wrong with me?  Why don't I feel like I love my spouse? Why don't I like my job anymore? Why are my emotions so all over the map? Why aren't I excited about anything? 

Feelings are fickle. You cannot trust them. Sometimes they and your emotions just don't line up with life and how you think you should feel. So, let me give you a tip. Don't spend much time thinking about them. If they line up with the moment great! If they don't, then ignore them but respond to life and the moment you are in the appropriate way, regardless of how you feel. You will find out that your emotions or feelings will eventually follow your faith. They will eventually come around and line up with your appropriate thinking and what you know is right in your heart, if you will be led by God's Spirit. Do that and your feelings and emotions will come around. Follow your feelings and you'll say and do things you regret and actually create a bad day and worse!

I woke up tired feeling a little emotionally neutered this morning. I didn't get much sleep. I thought, why do I feel so flatline? Then I thought, It doesn't matter! I went out for my daily morning three-mile walk (which I didn't feel like doing.) Since I didn't feel like being out there, I was just quiet as I walked. But then I thought, I don't care how I feel, I am going to be used of God! (I began to pray over our neighborhood and city leaders (which I didn't feel like doing.)

As I continued to walk and pray, I began to think about all the Lord had done for Renee and I over the course of our life. I began to feel overwhelmed with thanks. Suddenly words from Isaiah 1:18 rose up in my heart. "Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” I could sense the Lord affirming what I knew but was so thankful to hear from Him. “I have made you worthy.” Then I was reminded of the words from. 2 Cor. 5:21. “Jesus who had never sinned, died as a sinner for you, so that though Jesus you would become the righteousness of God.” 

I knew the Lord was affirming me at that moment for a reason. I knew the Lord wanted me to continue to pray with the authority of the name of Jesus for people in a very hard place. He instantly brought Isaiah 59:19 to my heart. “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” This verse was spoken to Israel. They had wandered from the Lord. The Lord was declaring that if He couldn’t find an intercessor to pray for the people, then He Himself would intercede and save those who would turn back to Him. He would raise up a standard against the enemy at a time when the enemy of their soul was trying to come against them like a flood.

In this special place with God this morning, He did have an intercessor—me. It made me so glad that I hadn't caved into my feelings and skipped things that are important to my life, and more importantly, thing important to the Lord. I was suddenly so aware of so many people fighting difficult battles. I began to pray for them.

God, through Jesus, made us the body of Christ in the earth. God wants to destroy the works of the devil and restrain evil. He uses us to pray to do so. He washed us and made us His righteousness so that we could and would pray and with authority over the enemy. This is His plan and purpose for you and I, the church, and never more than now.

Jesus said, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."  In Luke 10:19
Jesus said, “…I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18

Jesus is the standard of how we live out our life moment by moment despite how we feel. It has little to do with feelings. Feelings are great when they line up, but when they don't, we have to rise up in who we know we are and keep doing the right things. The Lord helped me do that today and guess what happened? I walked out the house feeling flatline and came home feeling energized and purposeful in the Lord! That is who we are to be as the body of Christ! Don't let your feelings rule you! You rule your mind and emotions as you walk things out by faith. Your feelings will come around and line up as God breathes life into them!

Galatians 3:11 "... "The righteous will live by faith."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Finding Strength From God in Times of Trouble

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Help Lord! I need your help? Do you ever hear yourself say that out loud or in your heart? Are you ever tempted to think God won't help you? David knew the Lord intimately enough to know that wasn't the truth, but, was surrounded by people used of the devil to speak the opposite over him. They'd try to make him feel foolish for trusting and leaning on God.  At a time of great turmoil in his life he wrote,  "... how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, "There is no help for him in God." Psalm 3:1-2 (NKJV)

In 1 Samuel chapter 30, we read about David and all his men coming back victorious from a series of battles over surrounding enemies. As they were riding back to their town, they were happy and feeling on the top of the world. Suddenly, as they drew closer, they saw smoke. It was coming from the city of Ziklag where they lived. They were about to find out that their enemies had burnt their town to the ground and taken their wives and children. 1 Samuel 30:3-4 (NLT) "When David and his men saw the ruins and realized what had happened to their families, they wept until they could weep no more." 

David's men were so discouraged that they wanted to lash out and blame someone. They wanted to stone him as their leader. David's family had also been taken. He was just as discouraged as they were. Even so, instead of letting the discouragement overcome him so that he also was useless, we are told in 1 Samuel 30:6 "...but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God." He briefly stepped aside from them, lifted his heart toward Heaven, and allowed God to flood his heart and mind with the assurance of past memories and promises that He was still on the throne and still there for them. David quickly regained his composure and stepped right back into His leadership role. This could only happen because it had become a part of David’s character. He had learned to praise and worship and sing to the Lord in all the trials of life. He wrote songs speaking of God’s promises of deliverance. He knew what God had promised him and had seen God work in his life over and over again. He refused to give place to any contrary thoughts! He knew God had not abandoned Him!

The devil would like you to think that God has abandoned you. Do you ever feel like that? I hope not but if you do, know that He hasn't and never will! It’s really only about whether you will allow discouragement to bring you so low that you abandon your faith and trust in God. David looked Goliath in the face. Moses looked at the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army coming at him. Daniel looked at the lions. Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego, looked at a fiery furnace. And Paul at a raging sea. Those all looked like impossible situations but each of these men had developed immovable trust in God. They could see His promises and deliverance in their heart. Through the eyes of faith they all believed He was working behind the scenes in their behalf.

God alone is worthy of your full and complete faith and trust! Let the Word of God speak PROMISE to you EVERY day. Read His word and let the promises penetrate your heart! Embrace them! Get on your knees and seek Him asking Him for guidance every step of the way. Praise God together and believe He will turn things around. Put your name in His promises and write them out. Then declare them, sing them, and get your family to pray them in faith together. This is what I do. I say, “The Lord is Tim Burt’s strength and shield from every danger. I trust in Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7 (NLT) Proclaim them over your family and circumstances. Rebuke the devil and move forward. God wants you praying and believing and then working toward for His best. He will do the rest!

I can honestly say to all of you, I’ve been in many hard and seemingly impossible circumstances over the course of my life. But, by the grace of God, in most cases, I've kept my family upbeat because I've stayed upbeat. We always expected God to be around the corner with our answers. As time passed, hindsight always revealed His help. It always came! Always!

Your faith in God’s promises are your source of strength in trouble. Be like David and stir up your own faith and the faith of those around you and believe God together. You will see God arise!

Psalms 46:1 KJV "God is our refuge and strength, our very present help in trouble."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Be As Bold As A Lion

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Prov 28:1 "The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion."
The wicked man described in this verse is one that doesn't know Jesus, doesn't love God, and has no knowledge or idea or what spiritual strength is.
When I was in the fourth grade and nine years old, I was one of the smallest boys in school. The smallest boy in school is typically going to get picked on just because he is an easy target. I worked out some by doing push-ups and lifting weights so that I wasn't a complete pushover, but just my size made me feel like I was wearing a sign that said I'm the smallest guy around, come pick on me.
One of my very best friends in school happened to be the biggest and strongest kid in school in that age group. We were always together at school. Consequently, for anyone to get to me, they had to go through him. I knew that I was safe just because of him. I wasn't stupid. I didn't take advantage of the situation and antagonize guys because I had a big friend. I was simply grateful that I did. I was extremely grateful for his friendship, first just because he was a great friend, but secondly, because by just being with me, he saved me from a lot of trouble.
That's really the way it is with the Lord. We live in a world defiled by Satan and sin. To call Satan a bully would be to understate his evil. I would compare him to a deviate, drive-by shooter that indiscriminately hates and will kill anyone. Jesus described him as the one who has come "to kill, steal, and destroy."  I recently heard a great Bible teacher on television say that God brings and allows adversity to test and grow our strength, character, and faith. I highly respect this person and his ministry but on this one point, he is very wrong. God never brought adversity in the Garden of Eden to Adam and Eve, nor would it have come if they hadn't sinned. It came because of their sin. Sin and consequently death (and everything leading up to death) came to us all because of sin. We read in Romans 5:12 TLB "When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned."  Sin brought enough adversity for a life time for each person. God doesn't have to bring adversity to us. It comes like weeds in a garden or lawnwith no effort or help from anyone. You never plant those weeds but they some how come and consequently you have to remove or kill weeds in the garden and lawn. And you need to resist that trouble that comes at Satan's hand in life. It's not people we fight. Its “…principalities, and powers and rulers of darkness,” (Ephesians 6:12 KJV) AND temptations of Satan to become weak, powerless, helpless, and like the man who flees when no one pursues.
All sin is rooted in lust and self concern from wrong  selfish choices. The ugly consequences of sin have touched all of our lives. It is the source of every evil in the world and that evil spills over into our lives creating a world of adversity. Like weeds in a garden, it just somehow comes.
Jesus is the big friend we have in life. His Holy Spirit lives within us. He helps us become "…strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!" (Ephesians 6:10 KJV) Though sin came to all men and made us weak and Satan's prey to be picked on, Jesus brought us righteousness to help us be as "bold as a lion!"
Romans 5: 15-17 NLT says, "...And what a difference between our sin and God's generous gift of forgiveness. For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this other man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God's bountiful gift. And the result of God's gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man's sin. For Adam's sin led to condemnation, but we have the free gift of being accepted by God, even though we are guilty of many sins. The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.” 
1 Peter 5:8 NKJV says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour." Satan impersonates a lion, but WE ARE TO BECOME AS BOLD AS A LION! Satan will seek whom he may devour (those that don't know how to resist him.) We are to become the righteous that are as bold as a lion and tell him to flee in Jesus name! Read in your Bibles what demons did when Jesus showed up on the scene. They should cower when they see your boldness! A wicked or slothful man will flee or cave at the first sign of trouble or symptom of sickness. When I feel the attack of the enemy working against me in my life, I remember to roar! We have a big friend named Jesus! The righteous will lift their head and roar saying, "Noflee in Jesus name!"
Prov 28:1 NKJV  "The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Is It Okay for Christians to Drink? A Balanced Perspective!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The following video is of Pastor Mac Hammond. I've had the honor of working for and with him for the past 32 years. In all my years of ministry, I have never heard anyone more clearly articulate balance and truth to the subject of Christians participating in drinking alcohol than him in this short video. I pray it will minister to you and speak to your heart. It is powerful and right on!

Is It Okay for Christians to Drink?  A Balanced Perspective! 



In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Returning to That Intimate Place With God

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I want to begin writing today with the definition of a word I am sure you know, but don’t commonly use—amend. The dictionary definition says: to put right; to change or modify for the better: to improve a situation; to alter formally by modification, deletion, or addition: to reform oneself.

The definition of amend makes this a good word as a Christian to add to our vocabulary since our lives should be under a fair amount of personal scrutiny and amending. When we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, the Word of God tells us we become new creations or new persons. Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed. The Apostle Paul tells us to Put off the old man and put on the new. These all refer to making changes from within from our old nature, to whom God wants to shape us to be in Christ!

I was reading from Jeremiah chapter 7 a few weeks ago. God had given a strong word of correction from Jeremiah to the people. He had brought them to a place of blessing, but they had backslidden from God’s ways. They had walked away from an intimate place with Him, to a casual attitude and disrespectful attitude with God, nearly putting Him out of their lives. Consequently, they were no longer following the way He had instructed them to live. So through Jeremiah, He spoke these words: “...Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.” Jeremiah 7:3 (NKJV)

The second I read those words, they jumped out at me. I knew the Lord had been talking with me about certain changes in my life for some time, and He wanted me to deal with them now! It was like a warning to me! I don’t want you to get the impression that I was backslidden or living some wrong way. That wasn’t it. It was about changes He wanted me to make that would help me grow more intimate with Him and would affect me personally and my leadership influence. I could not stop thinking about those words: “Amend your ways and doings…”

Day after day I kept coming back to these words. I knew in my heart through the Word and through experience, that if the Lord was asking me to do something now, then the grace of God was present within me to do it. I put a dagger in procrastinating and instituted it that day. I was going to "amend my ways and doings" knowing it would draw me closer to God. I leaned on God to be consistent and I was. Within a month, that change rippled and led to other wonderful changes and helped me feel so much better about every part of my life.

There are many things the Lord desires help us amend in our life. Why is that? Is it because He is mad at us? It it because He is disgusted with us? Of course not. It's because His love for us is so great, and He knows the changes He helps us make will make us feel so much better. They will create greater intimacy with Him. They will lead us to a better place and places of blessing. He is our Heavenly Father and like any good father, His motivation is His love for us and wanting His best for our lives. He will never lead you to amend or change a part of your life without giving you the grace, (His supernatural help from within,) to do it.

I still meditate on this verse most every day. “Amend your ways and doings…” It is truly exciting and it has been a supernatural experience. I praise God for His grace to obey, as it always leads ultimately to great places of blessing!

Jonah 2:8 "Those who cling to worthless vanities forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Your Words Have Power So Use Them Right!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Proverbs 18:21 NKJV says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." If death is in the power of the tongue, will touching it hurt you like touching acid? No, obviously that’s not how it works. The death and the life the tongue can produce are not about the tongue itself but about the words it helps to create. The words can produce life and death. They can be like an infusion of vigor, a slow poison, or a knockout punch!

Words are containers. They carry in them the power to teach and instruct, lift up and encourage, create humor and laughing, to bring peace and joy, and hope where hope was lost. They are also containers that can mock, belittle, embarrass, tear down, deceive, and destroy. As we just read, "Death AND life are in the power of the tongue..." This is telling us that these containers we let come from our mouths have power—power to bring and support life or power to destroy it. We probably don't realize how careless we can be with this power source that absolutely lifts up or tears down. I wouldn't handle electrical wires without turning off the power source. Even though electricity is meant to be a blessing, it has to be channeled properly or it could kill. The same is true with our words.

As a young Christian, the Lord began to deal with me concerning the words I spoke. He instructed me to listen to the words I’d hear people speak. This wasn't to be judgmental but to learn and pay attention to the good or bad words spoken, and to examine what they appeared to accomplish. I did what the Lord said, except that I started with myself. I started paying attention to every word that came out my mouth. What I heard created shock and dismay. I couldn't believe the words I'd let come out my mouth. They were often negative, and too often words of death such as, I'm going to lose my mind if this happens to me one more time or It seems like everyone is getting the flu. I'll probably get it next. Or With the way the economy is going, I'll probably be lucky if I have a job by next year and if I do, they’ll probably ask for a cut in pay. I could tell you a hundred phrases filled with negative, death-filled words that were a part of my regular speaking. And I haven't even included the things I said that were sarcastic or mean!

I then began to listen to people around me, Ha ha! The way I eat I'll probably be dead by the time I'm forty! Well, with the way my luck is going, if there is a drive-by shooter, he'll probably hit me! Ha ha!

I was amazed at what I was hearing from myself as well as from those around me. As I studied God’s Word more, I began to understand that Words are a powerful part of God’s creation and a creative force in itself. From the beginning of Genesis, with everything God created, He began by speaking "Let there be...." Everything God spoke, came into existence. He created everything we see from things that did not appear. This is exactly what Hebrews 11:3 is telling us. "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible."

As I journeyed through the Word I noticed that God never spoke an idle word—and neither did Jesus.

My point today is that words are containers of power. They do affect us whether we realize it or not—whether we want to believe it or not! We have all experienced times when someones words brought hurt to us—possibly unbeknownst to the person who said them. They just blabbed them and they hurt you. How could that happen? It could happen because words contain power.

Does that mean every word I speak is a power source? The answer is Yes! It's just that it's not completely measurable at the moment. Someone’s kind words can make you feel good, encourage you, and even make you cry tears of joy. Someones destructive words can make you feel horrible and cry. Proverbs 12:18 (NLT) says, "Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing."  People and youth commit suicide every day from the horrible words other meanly speak to them. We don't grasp the power of our words and all the ways they affect our life but they do. All words always have some effect.

I learned long ago to make words work for me. Just as a framer frames a house before he can build the rest of it, I purpose to frame my world with words that encourage others and myself in God's love, will, and plan for our lives. Proverbs 16:24 (RSV) says, "Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body." 

If your tongue has power, you have power. You can frame your world with acceptable words that please God and create life and blessing for others, or you can spill words like sewage that bring hurt and destruction. God’s will is always to bring life!

Psalms 19:14 says, "Let the WORDS OF MY MOUTH, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my Redeemer."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Your Choices are: Bondage, Deception, or Freedom, You Choose!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

This past weekend, we had our monthly Manhood Breakfast. I spoke to 250 men about sanctification. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 (NKJV) says, "...each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor." I teach on and instruct men on the subject of leadership and living as godly man on a regular basis. I have for 36 years.

Some time ago I was with a man who from all appearances seemed to have a happy and great life going on. He had a beautiful family, a good job, and was in leadership roles in multiple areas of his life. He approached me and shared that he wasn’t feeling very good about himself. I asked him if he knew why. He told me that he was struggling with looking at sexual images and pornography on the Internet, and was masturbating which made him feel dirty. I asked him why he was doing it.
He said it wasn’t his marriage. His wife was good to him and he loved her. He said they had a good sex life and that it didn’t have anything to do with her. He felt that this was left over from his old life before Jesus. He had done these things daily before giving his life to the Lord and becoming a Christian. He said he had stopped and for the most part, wouldn’t participate in either of these sinful behaviors. Then one day during a time of discouragement, he caved and clicked on a site that was inappropriate. After looking for a while, he was regretful and told the Lord he was sorry and wouldn't do it again. But, he did. And then again and again. Now he felt like he couldn't stop. These behaviors made him feel like a disappointment to the Lord.

Can you practice sexual sin sweeping it under the grace of God and be happy in your relationship with God and yourself? The answer is no! When you have an ongoing areas of sin, sexual or other, the only happiness you can draw from it is the fleshly pleasure it gives you. Until your heart becomes hardened to it, you also feel a great displeasure. You know it isn’t pleasing to God and you know its sin. So when you see yourself making the decision to sin, you begin to loath that sin in you, ultimately leading you to dislike yourself.

At that point you are heading toward a decision regarding two roads to choose from. One road is making room for that sin and becoming callous to it. Many Christians do this and once they become callous, they feel better in their relationship with God. They do because they have learned to harden their heart in this one area while trying to stir up a relationship with Him in other ways. If this sounds confusing, it is! They don’t realize that there is a level of intimacy with God they won’t experience until they deal with their sin (which they are no longer sensitive to.) They also begin to become confused in their faith because they don’t hate sin—something God wants you to do, and something that contributes to greater spiritual health, more clear direction from God, and greater intimacy in a relationship with God.

This is where some people begin to go astray from God. Their callousness and confusion help them create their own versions of God’s acceptance of sinful behaviors as an okay part of the Christian walk. We see this rampant in parts of the Christian church over the acceptance of homosexuality.

The good new is, this can all go away. I asked this man to ask God to forgive him and put it under the blood of Jesus trusting in the promise of 1 John 1:9 (RSV) "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 

I then asked him to meditate on two scriptures for a month and come back and tell me if it changed his heart, behavior, and relationship with God. I asked him to meditate on:

Psalms 97:10 NKJV “You who love the LORD, hate evil: He preserves the souls of his saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.” And...

Romans 6:17-18 (NLT) “Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you have obeyed with all your heart the new teaching God has given you. Now you are free from sin, your old master, and you have become slaves to your new master, righteousness.”

We talked about a lie he had allowed himself to believe—that he was a slave to sin! That wasn't the truth and he acknowledged it and began to speak it out. I am not a slave to sin. I am a slave to righteousness. I hate sin and do not like this behavior, nor will I continue in it! He did what I asked faithfully and repeatedly for a month. When we talked again, he excitedly told me the behavior stopped. Freedom, joy, and a refreshed intimacy with God and his wife were restored. He felt so much better about his walk with the Lord!

We all make mistakes and blow it. But, patterns of sin set us up to be accused by Satan and bring confusion to our walk with the Lord. A man isn’t going to be happy in his marriage while cheating on his wife—even if it is only through pornography and masturbation! He will either become twisted in his mind, hard-hearted, and eventually blow up his marriage, or he will repent and love God and his wife. When we do what's right before God and let sanctification—responding to God's voice that helps us purify our heart, mind, and body over time, only then will we experience a pure happiness that comes from knowing we are obedient and faithful to Him!

Colossians 3:5 & 10 “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry… since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 12, 2016

We've All Been Seduced and Here is Proof!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Galatians 6:8 NLT "Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit." 

How times have changed. How Hollywood has seduced us! Did you know if you put a frog in a kettle of hot boiling water, it will jump out. But, if you put a frog in a kettle of cool water and then turn up the heat, it won't jump out but eventually die.  How we've been the frog in the kettle that has been killed by the slow boil without realizing it. The Motion Picture Production Code (also known as The Hays Code) was known as the standard of guidelines that Hollywood was to use as boundaries from 1930 through 1968 until they ended it. As you read this, it will shock you as to how far the standards of morality have declined and slipped into moral degradation.

The Production Code enumerated three "General Principles" as follows:

1. No picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin.
2. Correct standards of life, subject only to the requirements of drama and entertainment, shall be presented.
3. Law, natural or human, shall not be ridiculed, nor shall sympathy be created for its violation.
Specific restrictions were spelled out as "Particular Applications" of these principles:
• Nakedness and suggestive dances were prohibited.
• The ridicule of religion was forbidden, and ministers of religion were not to be represented as comic characters or villains.
• The depiction of illegal drug use was forbidden, as well as the use of liquor, "when not required by the plot or for proper characterization."
• Methods of crime (e.g. safe-cracking, arson, smuggling) were not to be explicitly presented.
• References to alleged sex perversion (such as homosexuality) and venereal disease were forbidden, as were depictions of childbirth.
• The language section banned various words and phrases that were considered to be offensive.
• Murder scenes had to be filmed in a way that would discourage imitations in real life, and brutal killings could not be shown in detail. "Revenge in modern times" was not to be justified.
• The sanctity of marriage and the home had to be upheld. "Pictures shall not imply that low forms of sex relationship are the accepted or common thing." Adultery and illicit sex, although recognized as sometimes necessary to the plot, could not be explicit or justified and were not supposed to be presented as an attractive option.
• Portrayals of miscegenation were forbidden.
• "Scenes of Passion" were not to be introduced when not essential to the plot. "Excessive and lustful kissing" was to be avoided, along with any other treatment that might "stimulate the lower and baser element."
• The flag of the United States was to be treated respectfully, and the people and history of other nations were to be presented "fairly."
• The treatment of "Vulgarity," defined as "low, disgusting, unpleasant, though not necessarily evil, subjects" must be "subject to the dictates of good taste." Capital punishment, "third-degree methods," cruelty to children and animals, prostitution and surgical operations were to be handled with similar sensitivity.

How do we turn back the hands of time to a higher standard of morality more closely aligned with God's heart for righteous living? We pray and repent for allowing our self to slip back in these areas, and then turn from them and become a voice against them. We make a decision and a commitment to what is upright before God. God does not want culture to change morality. He wants morality, established by Him, to keep culture within it's boundaries! Job 31:1 (NLT) says, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman." With God's grace and help, we have to make personal choices to reject listening and watching what we should know is not acceptable to God!

Psalms 101:3 (RSV) "I will not set before my eyes anything that is base. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cleave to me." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Is Your Life Random or Has God Got a Plan?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Can I ask you a question? Be slow to answer. What are you hiding? What don’t you want others to know about you? What do you feel like you secretly failing in and would be ashamed or embarrassed if others knew?

You are not unique you know. We all have things we hide. It started with Adam. When Adam and Eve sinned against God, they hid. Genesis 3:7-8 says, “At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves. Toward evening they heard the Lord God walking about in the garden, so they HID themselves among the trees.”
Whether it’s right or wrong, people do hide things they aren’t proud of. But I hope we all know that we can’t hide from God. We shouldn’t. We should run to Him. We should spill our guts and tell Him everything. He is the only one perfectly trustworthy to do so. We should seek Him for help and for His grace. And don’t ever forget this: He is not like an earthly parent that runs out of compassion and grace. God is gracious. He is compassionate. He is full of mercy. And He can help and wants to help. So, forget hiding and don’t cover up one speck of what you are doing wrong. Just lay it out. God can handle it. But be reverential toward Him and sincere in seeking His help.

Then know that God is not random. People are way too random. They just let life happen to them while hoping that something is going to magically change. And then they are disappointed when it doesn’t and things don’t get better. God is a planner. Everything in life is a plan. He knew every human being’s choices (without violating their will or free choice) before the foundation of this world. Read it in Ephesians chapter one. He took all the choices mankind would ever make to craft His master plan. He plans. And He has a plan for you—a good one. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“

As you read your Bible, you see that God created the earth from a plan and has laid plans from the beginning. I tell you that because you were created in His image and He has created you to have more than a random life that embarrasses you and that you have to hide behind. You want to cooperate with God because to do so is to be led by His Spirit into the plan that will unfold over time before your very eyes. For good change to happen in your life, He wants you to get a plan! He wants to lead you in that plan. And you should know this; your plan will not go according to plan. What I mean is, a plan is a framework to get you moving in a direction, but it will be adjusted many times along the way. Just keep following the Lord in it and be flexible, and you’ll see that God will lead you beyond your expectations.

A plan is important. Without a plan, you only have good intentions and little to nothing ever gets done from good intentions alone. With good intentions you get an occasional random bright spot or momentary success. With a plan, you build great things that last.

Will God really help you build a plan? Absolutely! Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He DELIGHTS in every detail of their lives.” And Proverbs 16:9 “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”

So, there are things you need to stop doing—those things you are hiding. You never will until you get a plan to replace them first with good things that squeeze them out and take their place—like some yogurt instead of a cookie or donut. That will also be a part of your plan. Build that plan and ask God for His wisdom in building it and for His grace—His supernatural help, in executing it. Let God help you establish your plans. Amazing things happen when you do and you’ll eventually have little to nothing to hide and much more to Praise Him for!

Psa 65:11 "You crown the year with Your goodness & Your paths drip with abundance"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Jesus Died For Your Salvation and Your Healing

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by Pastor Tim Burt

This past week, the symptoms of a cold and flu hit me hard, fast, and furious. I was bed bound for a few days. It made me mad. I rarely ever get sick and I felt violated. Flu symptoms had tried to come on me a couple of different times over the years, but I resisted them and rebuked them in Jesus name. They never did fully come upon me. That was not the case this time. I hurt so bad all I wanted to do was lay still and sleep. When I was awake, it was painful.

I didn’t know if I was going to get Fresh Manna out but the thought of not getting it out bothered me. I had never missed a day (except on vacation) since I started writing it almost sixteen years ago. I pushed through and wrote it anyway because I wanted to make the devil pay for attacking me with sickness!

Jesus really did die, not only for our sins, but for our sicknesses. That truth gets blurred and confused when we see all the sickness and pain in the world. The question that's always asked is, Why God? Why do you allow it?  There are theological answers to that question, but they will not fit in the space I have today. But it’s not about God allowing it. The Bible says we've been made in the image of God and so we all remind Satan of Him. Attacks in our life are about Satan’s jealousy of God and hating all of God’s creation. That includes every human being. We aren't all theologians and may not all know the scriptures that could help us understand some of these deeper truths, but we can absolutely know things about God and His will for mankind just by knowing His character and Jesus’ words and actions.

Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) tells us that a lack of knowledge will hurt us! "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..."  Jesus revealed His heart and will in John 10:10 (NKJV) "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."  He wants us to experience an abundant life, not a life stuck in bed sicker than a dog over the course of a week, a month, or ongoing. I never forget this truth the entire time I am resisting sickness and the devil.

In Matthew chapter 8 we read about Jesus healing lepers, healing a centurion’s servant, and then after a long day, going home to Peter’s house to rest. Peter’s mother-in-law had been sick with a fever. (I can relate!) He ministered to her and she was immediately healed. He ministered to others that came to their house knowing that Jesus, whose reputation for healing had spread, was staying there. We read what happened and WHY it happened. Pay attention to both.

Matthew 8:14-17 “When Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases."

This verse originally comes from Isaiah 53. This chapter is Isaiah describing the mission and works of the Messiah that would come. It describes Jesus taking the punishment we deserve for our sins upon Himself. He paid the price for us so that we could be forgiven and healed. When Jesus was physically healing these people, He was fulfilling what Isaiah prophesied about Him all those years earlier. Jesus healed to fulfill the purpose of the Messiah. Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV) says, "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." 

Satan may try to beat us down but at those times but it’s important to let faith arise in your heart and say, Jesus, you bore my sins and sicknesses. By your stripes, we were healed. If I was, then I am healed. I receive and thank you for what you bore upon the cross for me, In Jesus name I pray.

As you all know, when you are under attack, you don’t feel much like doing anything. Satan's purpose for attacking us with sickness or in any other area of our life is to make us feel helpless, abandoned and hopeless. It’s to get us to isolate ourselves, give up, and die. He wants us to think he (the devil) is a fiction movie icon and the object of Hollywood and Halloween fantasy. He wants us to think that God is uncaring and lets sickness ravage this world. Jesus wants us to remember that He is the healer. He paid the price for us to be healed.

When you are under any kind of attack from the enemy you may feel like a piece of old chewed gum on the bottom of a shoe. Instead, rise up and thank Jesus for being your Healer and never stop looking to Him as the author and finisher of your faith. He hates what the devil does in this earth. This is why He came, to pave the way for our salvation and pay the price for restoration in every area of our life, including our healing. 1 John 3:8 NKJV “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

I feel so much better just proclaiming it to you all! “He is my healer!”

Psalms 103:1-4 (NKJV) "Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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