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Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Rescuers

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by Pastor Tim Burt

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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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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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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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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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Monday, February 08, 2016

Taking Authority Over Your Thoughts and Dreams!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One night I had a dream. It was the kind of dream that I've seldom had for the past twenty-five years. It was an inappropriate a sexual dream that I immediately shut down.  Don’t be shocked. I am just being transparent. I'm not embarrassed. I don't want to have those kinds of dreams. But if they ever do occur, God has shown me how to stop them.

I gave my life to the Lord making Jesus my Lord and Savior at the age of 24.  I was a new Christian but still had sinful worldly ways trying to cling to me. It was the beginning of letting my old ways of thinking and behaviors fall off. It was a new season of life, learning what it meant to live for Jesus Christ.  As you know, becoming a Christian happens in an instant, but becoming Christ-like comes from years and years of maturing in God's word.  And so, in the beginning years of my Christian walk, I occasionally had inappropriate sexual dreams. I hated them.
They made me feel dirty and I felt helpless from stopping them. This can happen to anyone and you don't have to do anything to invite it in. But you can learn to deal with it through the grace of God, I did.  As I grew and matured in my faith, the Lord taught me how to take dominion over my thoughtlife, including my dreams.

Learning to get my thought-life under control was one of the first mountains of change I had to deal with. In my early years of Christianity, my thought-life was random and grossly polluted with things I should not have been thinking about. I thought everyone was a victim of random thoughts. But then God's Word revealed that this wasn’t to be the case. Your mind belongs to you—not the devil. 1 Corinthians 2:16  declares that we have “the mind of Christ.” I can assure you that Jesus’ thoughtlife is not random and has never been so. Nor was it polluted with ungodly thoughts! How do I know that? Because the Bible says Jesus never sinned. He has control over every thought He thinks. Nothing evil is permitted to stay.

God tells us how to take control of our thoughtlife and imaginations. He tells us that He has given us supernatural help—weapons that aren’t guns or natural weapons, but supernatural weapons—the kind it takes to defeat demonic attacks in our mind. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 KJV instructs us to take control of our thoughtlife and sort out God-thoughts from random and evil thoughts. He instructs us to cast the random and evil thoughts into the abyss. It says, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ...” 

Learning to take control of my thoughtlife and cast out any kind of inappropriate thought or imagination, was like living in a mansion and saying that all the furniture was ugly and had to go. My entire thoughtlife was contaminated. This was going to be a clean house and refurnish experience. When thoughts came that weren’t godly thoughts, I would cast them down. I would say, I rebuke you Satan. This thought isn’t from me. It can’t stay. I rebuke you and it and cast it down and out of my life in Jesus name.  Needless to say, this was a something I did numerous times every day until finally, over time, my thoughtlife became more and more pure. It was a mountain to be moved in my life and mountains are impossible to move. But in Mark chapter 11, Jesus talked about speaking to mountains and moving them. And so that promise gave me faith to work on this personal house cleaning project from God.

Romans 12:2 also confirms that this is the road to take to gain the mind of Christ. It says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--His good, pleasing and perfect will.” And so, after a couple of years at this, I truly did begin to acquire a mind and thoughtlife that did not shame me but instead glorified God. Don’t get me wrong. God was not shaming me. God was loving me through the process. He was cheering me on. But, impure thoughts, wrong motives, and any kind of thinking that was contrary to God’s word did make me feel embarrassed and repentful before the Lord. God affirmed His love, not condemnation.

When I finally got all that under control, there was still this inappropriate dream issue. I would still occasional have impure dreams. You know how dreams are. They can be crazy. They are set off by what we see, what we talk about, our work day, and pizza. Everyone has pizza dreams. I could deal with crazy dreams as long as they weren’t contrary to God’s word.

Sexual dreams outside of my marriage did not fit that criteria. I remember saying to the Lord, Lord, I can’t control my dreams! What am I supposed to do? I don’t want these kinds of dreams. They are inappropriate! The Lord spoke to me and said, You mind belongs to you always! Whether you're awake or asleep! It doesn’t matter. You have the mind of Christ. Take authority even then. If you are dreaming inappropriately, then wake yourself up and cast those imaginations down in Jesus name.

What happened next was wild. I would pray ever night for sweet sleep and only appropriate dreams. James 4:7 KJV says, “…Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.” I would pray each night, Lord, if my dreams are contrary to your word, help me to wake myself up and cast them down. The very first time I was in a dream that was bad, it was like I interrupted my dream from within the dream and said, Wake up. I stopped the dream, woke up, and cast those thoughts down. I could do it from that day forward. I could because God has given us dominion over our thoughtlife. So when I had this recent dream, I woke myself up, cast down those thoughts and flushed them out.

We can’t always stop the devil from trying to bring wrong thoughts. Remember that he spoke to Jesus trying to tempt Him also. But, like Jesus, we can speak the Word over them and cast down wrong thoughts. We can resist him and he will flee. BUT FIRST, you have to know you have this kind of authority in the Lord, and use it!

1 Peter 5:8 “Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around LIKE a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 05, 2016

Where Blessing Abounds From

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever thought of how important obedience is to parents concerning their children? Parents love obedience and when their children learn it and walk in it, the parents feel as though they are of the most blessed in the world.

When parents go through the teen years with their kids, they don’t think in terms of the word obedience so much anymore. Either their children have grown to the teen years having learned respect, a civil attitude, and reasonable compliance or they haven’t. By the time we are adults, we dump the word obedience. The very word obedience has the tendency to draw us back to memories of childhood. Adults think more in terms of, I am an adult and I can do what I want. Submission to any kind of authority is often in response to a paycheck, an incentive, or to avoid trouble. Adults like the word freedom and obedience seems like a constraint to that freedom.

Obedience NEVER becomes less important to God. One reason God so wants children to learn obedience is because it sets them up to obey Him and His Word. It also positions them to respond to authority as they become adults. It ultimately brings them to greater opportunities of success and blessing. Let me show you this truth through some verses and break them down for you so you can see the magnitude of them.

Exodus 19:5-6 says, “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…” Let me expound on the words of these verses. "…obey me fully” means to know obey God intelligently and attentively. It implies getting to now God’s character and His desires for us. That comes over time from reading and rereading the entire Bible. It also refers to growing in understanding of what godly behavior and living is. It is more than that though. As we learn God’s Word and hide it in our hearts, He brings scriptures to memory and speaks to our hearts through them. It is one of the ways God interacts with us and instructs, and prompts our conscience to follow Him.

“Keep my covenant” means to understand that we are in a covenant relationship with God and to guard, protect and give attention to it's importance. Let me use this illustration. Imagine you had a relationship with someone that became your best friend in the whole word. This relationship is so tight and special that you wouldn’t do anything to mess it up. You are so close at heart in your friendship, that you would do anything for each other. Your sincere attitude is what's mine is yours and you both feel that way toward each other. Now take that even one step higher in that you are also business partners with a legal agreement. That is what a covenant relationship with God is. He has that kind of love toward us and makes Himself legally bound to us by His Word—even when we stumble and fall—something He will never do.

The Lord says, “If you obey me fully and keep my covenant…,” then something precious will happen— “out of all the nations you will be my treasured possession.” Now God this covenant promise started with Abraham, Issac, and Jacob— to the Jews—to Israel. They are who He raised up to bring the revelation of Himself to the world through. After the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, He gave us the chance to also walk in that covenant as a part of His family through our faith in Jesus. We are also called a part of God’s “treasured possession in all the earth.” We didn't replace the Jews. We have become join-heirs with them through Christ. Are you starting to get the picture of how God feels about you? It is through the execution of obedience that these blessings manifest in their fullest form.

God continues to tell us. “Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Those are terms that are often hard to relate to today. Let me help you take hold of them. The word “kingdom”  refers to having dominion. You may feel as though dominion is something your life is void of. The beginning of exercising dominion is knowing that it belongs to you. Kings were taught from the time they were children, how to mature in the exercise of dominion. It would be critical to the health and to the well being of the people they would one day lead. It was a process of instruction. And so it is for us—through faith!

Again He said, “You will be for me a kingdom of priests...” The Word priest had a particular meaning to God. A priest was one that learned God’s Word and ways and then executed leadership in instructing others in His ways. The verse continued. “You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”  "A holy nation” refers to a group of people set apart by God. to Him and His purpose in this earth with great boldness—His will in this earth.

God spoke these words through Moses to Israel. They reach to us through Jesus Christ today. It’s not that difficult to relate to today. God tells us we are His treasured possession as we take in, learn, understand, and walk out obedience to His Word in our life. We become those that learn our faith and live it out with authority over Satan. We make it practical by letting the world around us experience His love through us. We learn to communicate our faith, influence the world through and with it, and eventually lead others in it.

God also said “the whole earth is mine…” Why did He say that? Look at how Jesus walked in dominion in the earth. He walked like he owned it. He commanded demons as one who has authority and dominion. The supernatural came—not because He was God. He had laid down His deity. It came because He exercised faith in the covenant relationship He was in with God—the same covenant He has asked us to partake of.

The learning of obedience—learning to obey God in the small and big things is what brings you into this special place of God. Is obedience important? It produces a life of supernatural blessing and the ability for you to become the leader and influencer that God wants you to be!

Galatians 3:29 (NLT) "And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

I'm Flawed And Becoming Christ-like!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Except for the Lord Himself, nobody knows my flaws, imperfections, and shortcomings better than me. I suppose there are many people blinded to theirs because they don’t want to know them. For me, that’s not the case. I want to know mine. I don’t want to know them so I can feel bad about myself. I want to know them so that I can ask God to help me change them. I don’t want to bury my head in the sand. I want to become more and more like Jesus Christ.

Why do I want to become more and more like Jesus Christ? Is it so He will be happier with me? No! He already loves me wholeheartedly and unconditionally. He already died for me. What more could He do to prove His love. Romans 5:8 “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”

Well then, why do I want to become more like Jesus? Is it so I can get into Heaven? No. His dying for my sins as a gift, and me receiving this gift from Him, has already taken care of that. I am looking forward to Heaven. I could not earn Heaven by being good enough. I could never be sinless—the thing that keeps people from Heaven. But He took my sins and washed them away. Jesus will do that for anyone who will receive Him into their heart and receive this gift. So, I don’t have to earn my way to Heaven. Jesus offered it to me as a gift and all I had to do was accept it by faith, and consider it precious. Romans 6:23 NLT says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the FREE GIFT of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

So again, why do I want to become more like Jesus each and every day? I do because the moment I profess Him to the world as my Lord and Savior, the world has an expectation of me, like it or not! They expect me to act like Jesus. They don’t care about the fact that they might sound and be acting like the devil. Because I said I belong to Jesus, they want to see me act perfect like Jesus. They listen to every word I say and watch everything I do. Is this fair? No. Is this hypocritical? Yes, but a reality for sure!

Many of us admit our flaws. This is good. What isn’t good is when we use the reality of our shortcomings and imperfections as an easy excuse as to why we could never be more like Jesus. Jesus desires us to change and be more like Him every day. He wants that effort. Not so we can get into Heaven and not so we can act self-righteous, but because we are the living example of Him to the world. We are the Jesus they don't see. Romans 12:2 NLT exhorts and instructs us, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.”

When you give your life to Jesus, you are told in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that you are made a “new creature in Christ.” This verse goes on to say, “Your past life has passed away and your entire life ahead of you is now about to become new.” This is why Jesus used the term, “born again.” It’s as if you started your life over. Now you have God’s Holy Spirit living in you and helping you see God’s plan for life. You suddenly begin to see the world through His eyes and heart. The Holy Spirit and the power of God suddenly reside within you to help you change and become more like Jesus.

It’s no mystery we are flawed! But we have God’s Holy Spirit to help us become more like Jesus so that the world can see God’s love through us! This is what 2 Corinthians 3:18 instructs us to do saying, "So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”

Jesus always represented His Father. He never misrepresented His Father. Let’s not cop-out and use our flaws and imperfections as an excuse to not change. His will is for us to become more like Him and represent Him the very best we can!

2 Peter 1:8 NLT “The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. “

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Most Beautiful Thing About Christianity

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Perhaps you know or have a loved one, that for some reason is unable to take care of themself and needs help. One of my nephews worked his way through college employed at a senior care facility. He worked with those that could not care for themselves. I had a brother and sister that also did this.  It was a daily routine for them to help seniors go to the bathroom, eat their meals, or give them a bath. Each of them served these seniors with great love, compassion, and care. They made those they served feel loved and cared for. When I would think about them doing this, I would be at the grace God had given them to be able to do this with such love and ease.

Spiritually, each of us are those that cannot care for ourself. What do I mean by that? I mean that each of us falls down in our ability to walk holy and righteously before the Lord. We too often fail in our thought-life, sometimes entertaining inappropriate thoughts! We fail in our words saying things we regret that are too late to take back. We fail in our actions. We fail. Its a fact of life to anyone who is honest. Some of us try not to as hard as we can not to. Others could give a rip. We all miss it from time-to-time. Jesus is the one that gives us our bath and washes us with great love and mercy and compassion.

Hundreds of years before Jesus lived on the earth, Isaiah the prophet wrote the truth of man’s inability to live righteously despite his best efforts. He wrote:  “We are all infected and impure with sin. When we proudly display our righteous deeds, we find they are but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall. And our sins, like the wind, sweep us away.” Isaiah 64:6 (NLT)
This was the heart and feeling of Isaiah who purposed to follow after God in a more righteous way. He was honest. Despite his best efforts, he knew the truth. His personal efforts to be righteousness were like filthy rags compared to the Lord. This is why the gospel is so important. We are unable to take care of our unrighteousness, but Jesus can! And He does by bathing us with His promised forgiveness and reminding us that He lived life without sin, but died as a sinner to take our punishment—the punishment we deserved upon Himself at the cross. He gave us His righteousness as a gift provided by His shed blood, grace, and mercy.

Col. 1:19-22 reveals this truth to us saying, “For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Jesus and through Jesus to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your sinful behavior. But now God has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation…”

This is saying that it was God’s good pleasure to have Jesus give you that bath and wash away your sins. This is His promise and declaration that He has made you holy in His sight without blemish. He has made you free from all the devil’s accusations. The devil will always point out your every sin and mistake you make in order to make you feel filthy and inadequate before God. It is at that point that I remind the devil, Satan, your destiny is Hell. Misery loves company but I am not your company. Jesus washed my sins away and helps me to live more righteously and covers my shortfalls with His blood and grace so that I am holy in His sight. I am without blemish and free from your accusation. Jesus has given me my bath and I’m clean. Take your accusations and flee in Jesus name!

This truth does not give us a free ride to sin. No, God wants us to learn to become Christ-like in character. But, when we confess our sin to Him with sincerity and humility, He is faithful to cleanse us from all our unrighteousness and guilt.

The point of meditating on these things, is to bring us to great thanksgiving in our heart each day for the mercy and love of God in making us holy in His sight through Jesus. It’s also so that instead of getting stuck in the ditch of fault-finding with each other, we instead wash one another with God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness as He has washed us! As John 13:14-15 (NLT) says, “And since I - Jesus, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other's feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, February 01, 2016

Be Reminded of God's Purpose For You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Renee and I returned home from Peru last week. We visited my daughter Stephanie, her husband Daniel, and their two daughters Madeline and Macy who are missionaries there. Watching them sacrifice so much of their lives for the sake of the gospel made me so proud of them! It also reminded me of Renee and I when we started out in ministry 35 years ago. We radically surrendered our lives to the cause of Christ and never looked back. We love serving the Lord as much today as when we first started. But, watching my children, refreshed and reminded me of the life we've chosen.

I am reminded that the Lord has a plan and purpose for every moment of our lives. It is a plan that He wants each one of us to walk out. If I let the Lord lead me through each day, not only will I be blessed, but I will be able to help others learn of and walk in the blessing that God wants for their life. I watched that in action yesterday.

Renee and I had come home from church and ate lunch. It was a beautiful sunny Minnesota winter day and the temperature had reached 40 degrees—unseasonably warm for us. We decided to take advantage of the weather and go for a walk. We were close to the end of our walk when I noticed an older man in an electric wheelchair coming down the sidewalk from the opposite direction. When he got next to us, he stopped and looked up at me. It appeared he had cerebral palsy. His fingers were all bent and locked in place. He had no mittens or hat on. He looked rough and cold.

As he looked up at me he said, I would like to ask you to do something for me. I asked, What is it I can do for you? He asked me if I would light up a cigarette for him because his hands did not work. I said, Really?  You want a cigarette in your health? He said, Why not? What difference is it going to make?  He had his cigarettes and a lighter in a pouch on his lap. I pulled out a cigarette and lit it up for him. I then asked him, Now, will you do something for me? He said, What can I do for you?  I said, Tell me what is going to happen to you when you die. We are all going to die. What is going to happen to you when you do?  He said, I try to be a good person, so I hope I'll go to Heaven. I shared with Him that Heaven was a gift offered to us freely from Jesus and that He could not earn his way there. I shared the love of Jesus with him and what Jesus did for him. I then led him in a prayer of salvation. He asked Jesus into his heart! I then prayed for his health and well-being. The second we were done praying, he spit out his cigarette!  We said our goodbyes and Renee and I finished our walk.  It was a great walk! And I know I will see him again. He lives nearby.

Today I am reminded of who I am in Jesus Christ. I am His righteous. What a powerful and mind-boggling truth in light of how flawed I am. But the reason it’s true isn’t because of my own righteousness, but because of the righteousness Jesus gave me by washing my sins away. 2 Cor. 5:21 “God made Him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus paid the price for our sins. He put a robe of righteousness upon each of us who believe. He did that so we’d be clean in His eyes while the Holy Spirit helped us in your makeover—the transformation and development of learning to walk in godly attitude, motivation, and conduct. He wants you to see yourself through His eyes instead of the inadequacy, failure, and condemnation that can come when you think about how flawed and unworthy you are.

Isaiah 61:10 NLT says “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. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels.”

The gentleman in the wheelchair I prayed with may have looked old, depleted and beaten down on the outside, but yesterday, God put a robe of righteousness upon Him and prepared Him for Heaven.

These are the truths God has made known to us so that we could be led by Him, be a light for Him, and have the most powerful influence and purpose-filled life there is upon this earth—the power to help someone change their eternal destiny.

Coming home from Peru, I make a renewed decision to finish my life's course in strong faith fueled by the revelation of God’s love. Yesterday, God let me seal that renewed commitment in a very special way which I am so very thankful for.

God wants us to set our eyes upon Him and be reminded of who we are and the preciousness of having a purpose-filled life. We can move forward with excitement and joy of getting our eyes off ourselves and instead reaching out to those around us. This is where joy and strength comes from and how we will arise again and again. It’s His promise!

Isaiah 42:6 (RSV) "I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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