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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Quit Retaliating and Learn to Show Undeserved Respect!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Most people that work hard, realize that hard work not only feels good, but also brings reward. Proverbs 12:14 says "From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him." God is teaching us that the work of learning to speak right words with a right heart and attitude, is just as important as working hard with your hands or mind. When your emotions are running high and you're upset and desire to erupt from your mouth like a volcano, the strenuous labor of restraining yourself and instead, speaking right and appropriate words promises great reward.

Proverbs 12:16 says, “A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.” Did you catch that? The insult was hurled but the prudent man overlooked it. One failed and the other got it right! Which side of that coin to you want to be on? The person that got it right is looking much further than the annoyance. This person is looking through God’s eyes of love at the big picture of life. They aren’t letting themselves be controlled by the emotional stimulus of the moment. Love, forgiveness, seeing the big picture from a godly perspective, and doing what is right are the core values of that empowers a person to restrain themselves. It is what helps keep their their mouth in check. This person understands the power of walking in love. It enables them to give respect to the one that doesn’t deserve it and consequently won't retaliate with insults. This person has learned to let their words and response be respectful and represent God. Does this sound unfair? It might but this person will be rewarded over time.

We grow in learning how to speak the truth in love. We learn to hold our emotions in check and keep a respectful attitude. Is all this easy? No! It's as big of a challenge as we will ever take on. We can't afford to forget that godly communication carries a lengthy learning curve because it's about building character! It’s a process and takes hard work. The joy is in knowing that in time, gaining strength in restraining your tongue and giving undeserved respect eventually becomes an instinctive part of your character. God's word teaches us that this is what helps us truly mature and become distinctively different from others. James 3:2 (NLT) says, "Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect (mature) and could also control ourselves in every other way."  Over time this will bring you great respect and also facilitate the favor and blessing God promises you in your life from practicing restraint. 


Don't be impatient with your lack of success in your efforts to restrain your attitude and tongue and respect for others. It's tough to do for sure! But oh the reward is so great as you begin to see this attribute develop over time within you! Don’t forfeit the process and your efforts. Continue working at it till you get it down. You are a child of God. The Holy Spirit abides in you. Ask Him not just daily, but moment by moment to help you. He will! And as you lean on Him, you will experience the strength and grace of God (His divine help) to accomplish this noble task. It is one of the greatest works in building maturity that will lead you to greater harmony, promotion, and blessing—beyond what you could have ever imagined.

Oh yes, and one last benefit to mention. As you grow in this, you will glorify God more and more, and increase your influence with others through your pattern of good behavior and godly speech! As Titus 2:7-8 says, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your instruction, show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say of you.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sin Does Not Control You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt



When you prayed and asked Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, and you meant it sincerely from your heart, at that very moment, a miracle happened. Jesus washed away your sins, cleansed you from all unrighteousness—the stain of sin that would otherwise separate us from God, and He clothed you with a pristine white robe of righteousness that represents how God has chosen to see you—spotless and without sin.

Isaiah 1:18 (TLB) says it like this: "... "No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool.”  What glorious news this is to us! We are washed and made righteous in God’s eyes—not because of our efforts to be good enough, but as a gift from Jesus because of His love toward you and your acceptance of Him as your Savior. 2 Corinthians 5:21 confirms this saying, "God made Jesus who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 

God didn’t stop there. He made you something more. Before I tell you what that is, let me tell you what you were before you accepted Jesus. You were a slave to Satan and a slave to sin. He had you under his control and power and that is the truth. Galatians 4:8 NLT says, “Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist.” You should reread that a dozen times. It is saying you were a slave to gods that do not exist which is saying you were slave to a lie! Through Jesus, God frees you from this slavery. Satan doesn’t want you to know or believe that. If you find out, he’ll lie and point out every fault and wrong thing you do to get you to doubt it. Why? Because He wants to perpetuate a lie—that you are a slave to sin. It is his greatest tool and if it no longer works on you, he knows you'll be able to live for Jesus wholeheartedly.  He wants to keep you ignorant, thinking you are still a slave to sin and that he still has power over you—that sin still has power over you. It’s a lie! He does not have power over you! Sin does not have power over you! You can break out of it! Many Christians don’t know this truth and still think they are slaves to sin.

In John 8:34-35 NLT Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family…” Jesus is talking about being in bondage to sin. He is saying that if you are still controlled by sin, then you still belong to Satan. This is where Satan comes in and says, “See, you aren’t saved because you still sin. You can’t stop. You aren’t in God’s family. You are my slave to sin.” You have to learn to rebuke this lying devil and learn to stand on God’s truth!

Do you know what the truth is? When you gave your life to Jesus, He set you free. Let me complete the rest of the verses we just read. John 8:34-35 NLT “…A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.” Did you catch that? He said “a son (or daughter) is a part of the family forever.” Jesus is talking about being in His family. And He is talking about being a son or daughter—not a slave. Jesus goes on to say, “So if the Son (Jesus) sets you free, you will indeed be free!”  What should you catch and learn that Jesus just told you? That you are free from sin—no longer a slave to it, and that you are a child of God.

Okay, get ready to take hold of some of the most mind-blowing and powerful verses in the Bible. Ready? Galatians 4:3-7 NLT says, “And that's the way it was with us before Christ came. We were slaves to the spiritual powers of this world. But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law (to sin,) so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because you Gentiles have become His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father. Now you are no longer a slave but God's own child. And since you are His child, everything He has belongs to you."

You may be battling some area of sin in your life. What you don't realize is that the battle is more with the lie than the sin! Look at that temptation and say, No Satan, I am not a slave to sin. This is not pleasing to God and has no control over me. Scripture says, "Whom the Son sets free is free indeed. I am free. You are bound for the lake of fire but I am a child of God and free indeed!  

You have read that your aren’t a slave to sin. You are the son or daughter of God and free from sin. You have read that Jesus placed His Holy Spirit within you—the same Spirit that had the power to raise Christ from the dead! That’s power and that is what you have within you as God’s child. You are not condemned! You are not a slave! You are washed. You are empowered! You are free!

Whether it’s cigarettes, or alcohol, or sexual vices or whatever,  you are a son or daughter of God. You are washed of your sins. You are free! Say it! Proclaim it! Let the devil know it. You’ll soon sense God’s power and strength building in you. It won’t be long till you see God strength lead you to one victory over sin after another. Freedom will prevail in your life!

John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Do Not Become Spiritually Dehydrated

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One summer day a some years back, I was working on my backyard landscaping and gardening project. I didn't want this project to drag on because I was going to head out-of-town later in the week and had limited time to work on it. It was an absolutely beautiful sunny day in the mid seventies. I started working early in the morning and was still at it come 6:30 that evening when suddenly I felt weak and off. 
I hadn't stopped to eat or drink anything all day. That’s not too bright and I did know better. I had hand-carried and placed over 450 12-15 lb. boulder rocks. That's about 3 tons of rock! I started to feel strange. My mouth was extremely dry and I was feeling a little disoriented and close to passing out. I knew immediately that I was suffering from dehydration.

The average water content of the human body is 40-70% of body weight. It needs water to function in all the ways God intends it to. Dehydration is the process of excessive loss of water. It happens for a number of reasons. It was something I always had to watch out for when I did long distance running. Most long distance runners carry water with them to help prevent this from happening. I've heard medical professionals say that the average person doesn't understand dehydration, nor recognize the signs or how to work toward preventing it. It's easy to eat something that disagrees with your body. When that happens and it leads to vomiting and diarrhea, it can easily cause dehydration.

Have you ever experienced spiritual dehydration? When all we do is listen to people talk about worldly things, read worldly magazines, participate in worldly events, listen to worldly music and watch worldly movies and television, spiritual diarrhea and dehydration are going to be a fact of your life. You will soon become "dry" toward God and begin to feel far from Him. Am I calling you out right now?

Spiritually, too many people let themselves get dehydrated far too often. Is this something we should change? Well look at it this way. Frequent dehydration leads to serious health issues. So, what do you think? God loves us and isn't trying to make our relationship with Him difficult. We make it difficult! We let our life become filled with everything but Him. When I begin to get dehydrated, I work hard to put water and fluids back in my system. Within a half a day to a day, I am feeling better!.

The Word of God is often referred to as water—washing water and refreshing water—all the things to us spiritually that water is able to do for us naturally. When we pray and ask God to speak to us through His Word, the Holy Spirit begins to illuminate truth, understanding, and revelation to our heart. As this happens, the Word of God refreshes us, washes us, and keeps us from getting disoriented to the world's and Satan's way of thinking. It keeps our heart and mind refreshed and on track thinking God's thoughts. This is spiritual hydration and spiritually healthy for you!

We read of water and refreshing in John 4:10 (NLT). "Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”  And also in John 7:37-38 (NLT) "Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”

We also read how the Word of God cleanses in Ephesians 5:25-27 (NKJV)  "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish."

We read a precious promise from God's Word in Isaiah 44:3 "For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground." God was calling to refresh their spirit using the illustration of water and hydration. God is always trying to speak into our lives and refresh us. He does so through His Word—the Bible, through church groups and experiences, through Christian people, through printed articles and media, and more. Of course you have to avail yourself to these kinds of atmospheres and resources to receive it. When you pray for God to refresh you, you should raise your expectation and open your eyes. He is faithful and that refreshing will soon come!

What God promises to do for us spiritually always results in natural blessing also. When the people of God wholeheartedly returned to seeking the Lord and would pray and ask God to water and refresh their hearts, they would see God show up in their lives in ways they knew were the fulfillment of His promise. They would begin to again feel God's love and His mercy and grace. Their hearts would once again become tender and they'd feel sorrow for being backslidden. They would suddenly find a new inward strength to resist temptation and ungodly ways. They would return to living for Him again. They would soon find their land refreshed from natural rains and find the desert places they lived in, with streams of water running through. Blessings would begin to overtake their lives once again. And as the rest of Isaiah 44:3-4 would begin to take hold in their life. "... I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams." Their love for God that they again began to walk in, would begin to spill from them and touch and bless their loved ones.

Water is the have-to for our bodies to survive and be blessed. So is the cleansing and refreshing of God's Word ministering to our spirits.

When we've let ourselves become spiritually dehydrated, then we must make a change by obeying Acts 3:19. "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter: I Was There!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Easter: I Was There!
Written by KD Sullivan

I remember the first time I gave a man a ride on my back. It was a lovely sunny afternoon, the day the stranger came and took me away. When my master’s servant called out, “What are you doing with my master’s donkey?” The man simply replied, “The Lord has need of him,” and kept walking. For some reason, that was enough for the servant.

When we got to where we were going, there was a Man waiting for us. He smiled at the stranger, put his hand on his shoulder as if He was going to say something and then changed His mind, stroking my neck. And His touch was like the warm sunshine, warm and soothing.

The stranger and his friends placed their coats on me so that the Man could ride on me. We began to ride through the streets and there were people assembled alongside the road as if they were expecting a parade. They were waving palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna! to the Son of David! Hosanna in the highest.”

“Apparently, this man on my back is very important,” I thought, “I must be pretty important as well, to carry such a famous man.”

The people laid down the branches at my feet, making the road before me much more comfortable than the usual dry and dusty road. The longer we went, the more excited the people became, jumping and cheering, clapping and waving.

Finally, we came to the Temple, and He dismounted me. After stroking my nose, He went in. Another of my master’s servants came to me and said, “There you are. How did you get here?” He was further confused by the coats draped across my back. “Strange!” he said as he led me to the Temple stables for food and water.

“Who was that man, I had on my back?” I asked a mare who had been alongside the road and was now being groomed in the Temple stables.

“He is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee.”

“A prophet!” I thought. Why would a prophet want to ride a lowly donkey like me?

In the days that followed, I remembered what it was like to carry that Man on my back, His gentle smile and touch. I remembered the honor with which the people were greeting Him and felt warm inside that I should be chosen to give Him a ride.

About five days later, I was back home in my stable when I heard a commotion. I went to look out of the window in my stall. Once again, there were people lined up along the side of the road. “I wonder if the Prophet is having another parade?” I thought out loud. My ears perked up hoping He would choose me to ride on again. The oldest donkey in the stable, Old One, came alongside me.

This crowd was different, although I recognized many of the same faces. They were silent and suspicious. Many men had their arms crossed, or watched stroking their beards. Further down the road, I noticed a Man. He looked like the Prophet I had carried, but it couldn’t be Him. This man had been beaten, and had a crown of thorns on His head causing him to bleed. The drops of blood were dripping into His eyes, and He had gashes of open flesh on his back and legs. But the most obvious reason that I knew it must not be Him was that this Man carried a cross, and even I knew that crosses were reserved for criminals.

“Who is that Man?” I said to the Old One.

“That is the same man you gave a ride to five days ago,” he whinnied.

“That can not be! He was a good man. I know He was. I could tell by His touch. He couldn’t be deserving of such treatment! Especially by the same people who were honoring and praising Him just a few days ago.”

“Nevertheless, it is the same Man,” Old One responded.

“He must have done something wrong, for the people to allow this to happen!” I said. I was surprised at the feeling of shame I had for having carried this man. What would people think? I have transported a criminal, a prisoner?

“There are many reasons people will persecute another man. Often times, it has nothing to do with whether they have done something wrong or not. I only know that this Man comes from God.”

The road passed quite close to my stable, and the Prophet (or was He a criminal?) was almost even with my window now. He stumbled and fell under the weight of the heavy cross He carried. A soldier came and kicked Him, as He struggled to His feet. The Prophet looked up at us, and I could swear He gave a slight smile.

I turned my eyes downward, feeling guilty for my previous feeling of doubt.

I stirred up all of my courage and looked out the window again. With great effort, He lifted the cross from the road.

“But Old One, this isn’t fair! He is a good man. These people, how can they change their opinion of someone so quickly?”

Old One stayed silent, and I remembered how quickly I had gone from pride to embarrassment about my associations with Him.

Just then, a little further up the road, a weeping woman came into the Man’s path.

“I once gave this Man and woman a ride,” Old One reflected.

“You did?” I was amazed that he had never mentioned this before, especially in light of the fact, that I had repeated the story of my ride with the Prophet often in the past few days.

“Yes, I gave them a ride many years ago when I was about your age. This woman was great with child. There were no inns with available rooms that day, and she bore the baby, the Prophet, right there in the stable where I was resting from the long ride. This Man is from God. He is special. There were angels in the room and shepherds came to worship Him. He slept in the very manger I had eaten out of earlier that evening. The stars even sang and worshiped celebrating His arrival. This man is not merely a Prophet, but the Son of God.”

“Can’t we do something? Can’t He do something? Isn’t He known for His miracles?”

“I believe He could do something, but chooses not to.”

“Old One, what will happen if the people kill this Son of God? Will the world end?”

“I do not know,” Old One moved away from the window and laid down with a humph.

All morning, I wondered what was happening to this Son of God. Had the people come to their senses? Did they remember that just a few days before they had been worshiping this man? I also remembered how He smiled at me, even with the burden of His cross, even after I had be ashamed for a moment at having given Him a ride.

Later that day, my master decided to go to the Temple. “Let’s take you out for your first ride,” he said. I guess he didn’t know that the Son of God had already taken me out for a ride.

As we rode toward the Temple, the sky began to darken, and the wind began to blow. Just before we arrived at the Temple, the dust around my feet began to swirl, lightening began to flash. I thought back to my conversation with Old One. Was this the end? Did they kill the Prophet, the Son of God? The ground began to quake. The whole earth was shaking. I began to bray as I lost my balance. People everywhere were running and shouting, “This is the end! What is happening?” Priests ran out of the Temple shouting something about the curtain being torn and that we would all surely die. And then, just as quickly as it all started, it was finished. My master got up and dusted himself off. He checked to see if I was okay, petting my neck. He led me into the Temple stables where pandemonium still ruled the day, and went into the Temple to see if his help was needed.

The servants worked hard to calm the animals. They hadn’t had such a stir in quite some time. About a half an hour later, a strong military horse came into the stables. He began to speak about what he had seen that afternoon. He said that his master was a Roman soldier who had been at that afternoon’s crucifixion.

photo credit: bela_kiefer
“Jesus, the Prophet was on the center cross, and two thieves were on either side of Him,” he started.

“One of the thieves,” he continued, “cried out sarcastically, ‘Are you not the Christ? Rescue Yourself and us from death!’

But the other soldier answered him, ‘Do you not even fear God? We suffer justly receiving what we deserve, but this Man has done nothing out of the way.’

Then he turned to Jesus and said, ‘Jesus, Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingly glory!’

And then Jesus answered, ‘Truly I tell you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.’

And then the sky began to darken and the wind began to blow. The men on the hill tried not to look nervous or frightened, but their scent betrayed them.

The ground began to shake when Jesus cried out, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!’ That is when my master recognized his part in what had happened. He fell to his knees weeping, and saying, ‘Indeed, without question, this Man was upright!’”
photo courtesy of Dustin Blay

The horse paused here, as if for dramatic effect. “My master gently and tenderly helped take this Man off of the cross and draped him over me. He and another man took His body to a tomb. His blood remains on me this moment.”

Some of the Temple groomers had come into the stalls now. They paid special attention to the military horse, combing and brushing his coat, washing the blood from his sides.

“Some say, this Jesus was the Son of God,” one said.

“I fear He must have been, for Whose death causes heaven and earth to respond in such a way? I heard that it was this horse that carried His body to the tomb. It is His blood on our hands.”

“Did you hear that He forgave the very men who killed Him?”

The rest of the day the Temple stable was silent. My master came out later, quiet and questioning. When we got back to the stable, Old One was waiting for me. After I told him the horse’s story, I said, “Old One, those men didn’t deserve to be forgiven. Some of them were the very same ones who had given Jesus the parade a few days ago. They deserve no forgiveness.”

Old One chuckled a raspy old donkey chuckle, “Perhaps this is why He came. To give man (and your case, donkey) the ability to forgive.”

I remembered Jesus’ eyes when I looked through the window, ashamed at my association with Him. They were eyes of forgiveness. Earlier that day, I had wondered if it was the end of the world, but now I had a feeling it was the beginning of a new world. A world for which God cared enough to send His Son to forgive even the worst betrayal. A world in which man now had an example of forgiveness. It was then that I realized that forgiveness changes everything, because forgiveness had changed me.

Also titled "A Donkey's Journey Towards Epiphany" Posted by permission from KD Sullivan Easter 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Birdcage - An Easter Story

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The Birdcage - An Easter Story (Author Unknown) 

One Easter Sunday morning, a pastor came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Several eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, the pastor began to speak.

"I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward me, swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright. I stopped the lad and asked, "What you got there son?"

"Just some old birds," came the reply.

"What are you gonna do with them?" I asked.

"Take 'em home and have fun with 'em. I'm gonna tease 'em and pull out their feathers to make 'em fight. I'm gonna have a real good time."

"But you'll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What will you do then?"

"Oh, I got some cats. They like birds. I'll take 'em to them."

The pastor was silent for a moment. "How much do you want for those birds, son?"

"Huh??!!! Why, you don't want them birds, mister. They're just plain old field birds. They don't sing - they ain't even pretty!"

"How much?"

The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and said, "$10?".

The pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten dollar bill. He placed it in the boy's hand. In a flash, the boy was gone.

The pastor picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the alley where there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened the door, and by softly tapping the bars persuaded the birds out, setting them free.

Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story.

One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting

. "Yes, sir, I just caught the world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn't resist. Got 'em all!"

"What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked.

"Oh, I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna teach them how to marry and divorce each other. How to hate and abuse each other. How to drink and smoke and curse. How to invent guns and bombs and kill each other. I'm really gonna have fun!"

"And what will you do when you get done with them?", Jesus asked.

"Oh, I'll kill 'em."

"How much do you want for them?"

"Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good. Why, you take them and they'll just hate you. They'll spit on you, curse you and kill you!! You don't want those people!!"

"How much?"

Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, "All your tears, and all your blood." Jesus paid the price.

The pastor picked up the cage he opened the door and he walked from the pulpit.

John 3:16 (NLT) 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Help to Keeping Your Life Centered in God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you looked around recently? In case you did not notice, you are surrounded by all sorts of people who are in need. Some will openly tell you about what they are going through and others will hide it behind a smile figuring it doesn’t do much good to complain and few like to listen anyway. Whether you notice them all or not, there are an abundance of people in need all around you!

When you do take note of them, the thought that so often comes to mind is, “What can I do about their situation? I don't have the ability to resolve it.” You add to this the fact that most people are busy looking out for their own lives and building their own safe haven. People naturally work to build and store up what they will need. It takes a lot of work just to get your own issues and needs taken care of. You deserve the right to look after yourself don't you? Who has the time to think about everyone else's needs?

Rich or poor, we all need a rudder to keep us balanced so that we don't turn completely inward—something that will destroy anyone. That rudder is having Jesus' spirit of compassion regarding the needs of others, without feeling guilty about what you can't do.

We can learn from Ezekiel 16:49. "Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy."

In these verses the people of Sodom were flourishing. Abundance flowed in this land.  Because many people had everything they needed, people were busy at indulging their own self-pleasures. They didn’t use their abundance of resources and wisdom to help and strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. Instead they were prideful, critical, and snubbed their noses at those that needed help. God saw this as an abomination.

The only way to protect yourself from becoming too focused on your own needs, or becoming apathetic toward the needs of others, is to live your life daily with a sense of compassion—purposing to be a light and touch of God’s love as the Lord leads you. If you live like this, it won’t matter what your financial condition is. You will be a blessing to those around you. Having a spirit of compassion and a caring heart will turn on the awareness switch within you that helps you see the hands of those that need strengthening. Will you suddenly become swamped and overwhelmed with the needs of people around you? No because God uses many people to be a grace and help to those in need, not just you. You are not the savior and you can't help the whole world. But don't let that mentality become an excuse for doing nothing! You can do something as God leads you. Do you have to stop and do something for every person that seems to have a need? The answer to that is in a scripture from the Message translation that says "...you do what you can, not what you can't. The heart regulates the hands." 2 Corinthians 8:12 (MSG)

Helping people is not always giving money or counseling them or doing something that you don't have the time or physical capacity to do. It's more often, having a listening ear, a compassionate reply, praying a prayer of faith, or possibly some kind of action or good deed that you CAN do that actually does bring some immediate help. God's Word teaches us that as believers, we have "an anointing" (God in you and working through you,) that lifts burdens and breaks yokes (the back of hopelessness and oppression.) That anointing in you is the power of God working through you. It's supernatural and if you know and love Jesus, you are never without it. He'll help you as you step out. You'll be surprised how many people you can help and touch with Jesus' love when you open your heart to it.

Last week I was asked to play in a golf tournament. I prayed that the Lord would use me while I was there. We were given a young man as a caddy for our team. In talking with him, he shared that he was getting ready to enter college. He was a great caddy and really a nice young man and I told him so. When I did, he responded "I try to be good. I haven't missed church on Sunday in three years." I immediately recognized that as a God cue. The Lord alerted me to share with Him. I asked him, Is that what is going to get you into Heaven one day? He replied, Well I am trying to be good enough to get there. I asked him if believed in Jesus. He said Yes. I asked him if he believed that Jesus died for His sins. He said Yes. So I asked him, If Jesus died for your sins, then why are you trying to earn your way there. Jesus already made the way for you to enter. I went on to explain what Jesus did for him and helped him pray a prayer of salvation. He was in awe saying he never really understood the connection between Jesus dying for His sins and the gift of eternal life. He was elated beyond words. This all happened in three minutes time. At the end of the day, I gave him a nice tip, a Bible I had in my car for times like this, and a little book that helped him understand salvation through Jesus. His life was changed and it was something that took little time and flowed with the day!

Philippians 2:4 KJV says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” It goes on to say that this was the heart and mind of Jesus. It should be our heart and mind also. Just being caring will make your life richer than life could be any other way. And Jesus will always help you!

"...you do what you can, not what you can't. The heart regulates the hands." 2 Corinthians 8:12 (MSG)

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, March 21, 2016

A Powerful Secret God Wants You to Know!

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by Pastor Tim Burt
If it was almost dinner time, and you felt like you were starving, but also knew your mom was going to have dinner on the table in ten minutes, then you wouldn't go scrambling, looking for something to eat. Knowing your dinner was coming soon would help you be patient. Knowing solutions are in the making help keep you calm and under control.
Did you know that just by understanding the magnitude of God’s love for you, and how He has felt about you from the beginning, and knowing His desire for you is good and not evil, and that He is always working in your behalf when you ask and trust Him, increases your faith and strength and brings you peace and trust.16c90-il_fullxfull-364497144_ms62
That is why it is so critical to learn and understand the Bible and the magnitude of God's love for you. It's a game-changer that changes your outlook on every aspect of life. We see these signs of God's love for those that reverence Him everywhere in His Word! Psalm 139:14-18 NLT says, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!“
When you find out what God wants for you—what He intended for you, and that He is not out to condemn you but to strengthen your life through Jesus to become a world-changer, your life begins to take new shape. Strength from God comes to your life.
How do you open the door to this strength so that it continues to come and so that you feel and see it begin to change you?  What is the secret to tapping into this power and the plan of God for this significant life? It’s putting these truths in your mouth! That is a God secret that He wants you to know. It’s powerful and its life-changing!
God spoke through Isaiah to help us take hold of this powerful truth saying, “And this is my covenant with them," says the Lord. "My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children's children forever. I, the Lord, have spoken! Isaiah 59:21 (NLT)05a52-isaiah-59-21
Begin now by getting in front of a mirror and saying, “Thank you Lord. You have made me wonderfully complex! Your workmanship concerning me is marvelous and I now know it. You watched me as I was being formed and prepared my days and your plan for my life before I ever lived one day. It’s time I started living by your strength and power instead of mine own. I thank you for helping me to grow in your strength and power every day. I thank you that your thoughts about me are kind and empowering and your plan and desire for me even more precious. I thank you that you are with me now and forever. These are your words and I have and will continue to put them in my mouth and on my lips until they instinctively flow from my heart. Thank you for Jesus and making all this available to me through Your love and sacrifice for me. I am strengthened in you today. In Jesus name Amen!”
These are God’s Words about you. Write God's covenant promises down as you see them in the Bible. Create a journal. Put them in your mouth and speak them over your life each day until they begin to sink in. You are honoring God in doing so. You are exercising your faith and it will cause your faith to grow as you speak it! You will begin to experience a new level of the power of God and His strength in your life. It will thrill your heart!  Remember, you are only repeating what He has promised to you! Speak it and let God shape it within you! And watch His Word continually transform your life. It has transformed mine!
Psalms 19:14 (NLT) "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." 
In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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Friday, March 18, 2016

God's Provision in Your Time of Need

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The majority of all people have experienced lack—needing more resources than were presently available. What the majority of all people have not done is studied God's word to learn of His desire to help them. You see, when most people ask God for help, it's not rooted in the promise of His Word in faith, but more of a cry of desperation. These cries of desperation often carry about as much faith as the breaking of a wishbone or the carrying of a rabbit's foot. Its only when you study God's character, covenant, and promises that you sprout the kind of faith that moves God and builds immovable trust that pleases God. This is the kind of faith described in Hebrews 11:6 (NLT), "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him." Jesus taught his 12 disciples the lesson of supernatural provision early on in their walk with Him. .

Jesus was followed by large crowds—5,000 men plus women and children. The people had yearned to hear what Jesus had to teach them and didn't want to leave. The result of that was, the crowds grew, stayed with Him, and in no time, had exhausted their food supply. Jesus had His disciples look for what food they could find. Their search produced meager results. John 6:9 (NKJV) says, "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?"

You probably know the end of this story. Jesus prayed over that food and it was supernaturally multiplied to feed the multitudes—every last person, and with food left over! In other words, the Lord supernaturally and miraculously increased the meager resources they had available. Can the natural mind ever truly comprehend such a thing?

If you’ve ever been short resources, you know the pressure that lack can bring. It creates stress. It brings fear, anger, resentment and worse. It brings out the worst in people. Couples fight and divorce over it. Our mind screams doubts at levels that drown our ability to ask and believe God in faith for help. If we let our mind override our heart at times like this, our faith is diminished and unbelief steals the provision of God that could come by faith.

Naturally-minded people have difficulty thinking beyond their logic—measuring all that they believe by what they can take in through their senses. People that think with only their brain, seldom yield to the leading of God's Spirit within their heart. There is an entire dimension of God they miss out on. They unknowingly cheat themselves of supernatural blessing that manifests only when one lets the Word of God speak faith to their heart.

God gave us minds to be renewed to His Word so that our thinking and faith could be in harmony and agreement with God’s Word.  As Romans 8:14 (NLT) says, "For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God." As believers of Jesus, we can move from natural thinking to faith-filled thinking based on God's promises and covenant with us.

There are things we see through faith with spiritual eyes and spiritual thinking. For example, Proverbs 11:24 says, "One man gives freely (generously,) yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, (is stingy) but comes to poverty."  The man who gives generously trust that God will bless him in all areas of his life. The other man is stingy and believe that unless he holds on to everything, he'll lose it all.  That is the difference between spiritual thinking and trusting God, and natural thinking and having to make things work on your own. 

We can never allow ourselves to think that God wants or is the one that allows lack in our life. Nor can we measure every situation and need by our natural thinking our present circumstance. Abraham declared the Lord to be "Jehovah-Jireh—my God who shows me where my provision is!" (Gen 22:14)

Money and resources aren’t to be desired to consume upon our own lust. God doesn't want us to grow a love for money. But don't confuse that with the sincere needs of your day-to-day living and equipping for whatever God has called you to do. And don't limit your faith thinking He is unwilling to bless you with good things or good equipping. God does not lack resources. He loves those who have received Jesus as sons and daughters and desires to bless and meet their every need, making the impossible possible. It's up to us to seek God until we become convinced of His goodness—something He is and promises us throughout scripture. We must have the heart revelation that He yearns to care for us through the exercise our faith in prayer.

There were 12 baskets left over after everyone was fed at the end of this story. Was God being a little wasteful? Did He get carried away in His provision in this miracle? No He left more than enough for those that wanted or needed more along their way home. He also blessed that little boy back with more than he could probably carry home. That little boy couldn't possibly know that his little offering to the Lord would result in the provision of everyone. He didn't need to know. He only needed to respond to the prompting of his heart sharing what God had given Him with those around him. God will always do the rest. That's our God. And that is where supernatural provision begins!

Luke 6:38 (NLT) "Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.


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In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Stop Troubles and Make the Devil Pay

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Got troubles? The Bible says in Psalms 34:19, "A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all."  Did you catch those last words? "...but the Lord delivers us from them all." But Pastor Burt, you don't know how bad my problems are?"  If you said that, your right! I don't. But the Lord does. And when I'm facing mountains of impossibilities, I remember what Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, "...With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." What is the mountain that you are facing in your life today? Is it marriage problems?

In just the last year I have heard of many marriages that are on the skids or ended in divorce—and these are Christian marriages!

Is it health problems? I just got off of the phone with an older friend of mine. He had a heart attack and then his gall bladder was so bad they needed to take it out but couldn't because his heart wasn't strong enough.

Is it calamity? Someone recently told me of a friend whose best friend was killed in a car accident. Another person told me of a young child who was run over and killed accidentally by their neighbor. A close friend of mine is fighting a disease that is trying to cause his body to deteriorate. Are you depressed reading this yet? This is how some Christians talk all the time. About every last thing the devil has done to everyone they know. It would be enough to depress anyone. Then you hear Christians teach that God is doing these things to teach, mature and build patience in us so that we develop and mature as Christians. With God doing those kinds of things, who needs a devil? Honestly, the people whot blame God for these needs to seriously examine their mental health.

Do you know how God feels about these kinds of things? He hates them! How do I know? Read the gospels. This is what Jesus went around undoing! He came to destroy the works of the devil. In John 14:9 Jesus said, "He who has seen me, has seen the Father." This is how we know God doesn't author these kinds of things. If God was doing this to people, and then Jesus was undoing these things, He and His Father would be in division! Trust me. They aren't! These kinds of things made Jesus angry. These kinds of things made Jesus go away to solitary places to fast and pray. HE CAME TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL! 1 John 3:8 says, “… But the Son of God came to destroy these works of the Devil.” He came to teach us that the impossible becomes possible with God. He came to teach us to speak to circumstances, to situations, to mountains in our lives and demand they be removed in His name.

When I hear of stories like those I told you above, it inflames my hatred for the devil. This is what God gave the emotion of hate for. To hate the devil and to hate evil. This is what Psalm 97:10 (NLT) says, “You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked.

Hatreds purpose rightly understood, creates energy and impetus to focus against evil and generate compassion for good. It drives me to pray, to reach out with compassion to those around me, to offer actions of love and support, to hate the devil. Hatred was not meant for people to engage in toward each other. Hate is not so we can fly off the handle and say and do things that we regret. That only leads us to relational division, bitterness and unforgiveness—ultimately opening ourselves to the attack of the enemy. Hate and anger is not so we can show rage at other drivers in traffic, or lose control of our temper with our children, spouses, employers, co-laborers and people we just don't like. Anger is to stir us up against those demonic forces that are coming against us—to be mad at the devil and resist him.

God's love, mercy, forgiveness, and kindness is for family. Compassion and empathy are for the hurting world around us. The emotional stirrings from negative things we feel are to be used to take what the devil meant for evil and turn them for good.

The man with the gall bladder problem lives out-of-state. I called him to pray for him. He was in tremendous pain at the time. The doctors told them there was nothing they could do. I told him there was something we could do. With God all things are possible I asked him to put his hand on his heart while I prayed and took authority over these demonic attacks. I then prayed for wisdom for his doctors and his healing. He cried like a baby with thanksgiving when we were done. He was encouraged and felt led to talk to the doctor the next day and insist they take out that gall bladder. He said he knew he'd make it though the operation. They did the operation and he was fine.

I went to the hospital to visit an elderly gentleman who was nervous about having a quadruple by-pass. I prayed for his peace and healing. His family wept with thanks. We sang a song together worshiping the Lord. They were lifted up. He came through the operation perfectly and is doing awesome.

Don't be passive when it comes to the devil stealing anything from you. Speak to him to get out! Proclaim the promises of God over the situation! Like Abraham, stand strong in faith despite impossibilities. Like Abraham, be fully persuaded that God turns them into possibilities. Romans 4:19-21 says, “Without weakening in his faith, Abraham faced the fact that his body was as good as dead--since he was about a hundred years old--and that Sarah's womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”

If you don't know promises of God, go to a Christian Bookstore and by a little book called "God's Promises" and learn them. You are a child of God and are to be an imitator of Jesus Christ. Don't be a reporter for the devil. Be a praying life-changer for God!

Psalms 34:19, "A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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