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Friday, July 22, 2016

Have You Ever Felt Misunderstood?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Hi Fresh Manna Readers, I will be at a conference and following that, spending two weeks vacationing with my missionary children from Peru. I will be back to writing on August 8, 2016. I hope you'll catch up and enjoy some past posts from my website. I promise you that we will be praying for you! God bless you richly! ~ Pastor Tim

Have you ever felt misunderstood? Have you ever felt like you've gotten off on the wrong foot with someone and they have the wrong view or perception of who you really are and your intentions? And now the ongoing relationship is affected in a negative way by that wrong perception? Welcome to the land of being misunderstood.

I don’t know of anyone who has not felt this at one time or another. It’s a hard place. Jesus went through it for most of His ministry and possibly his entire life. Some loved and embraced Him. Some stood back at arm’s length from Him in doubt, not sure of who He really was and what He was about. And some absolutely misunderstood Him and drew the wrong perception of Him—literally hating Him.

One thing we know for sure. Jesus did not contribute to their wrong perceptions. Those that had them, had them because of their own issues. Their tainted filters led to wrong imaginations about who He was and why He was doing what He was doing. This led to their wrong perceptions and their hatred and continuous attacks against Him.

We aren't always innocent as Jesus was. Sometimes we have contributed to those wrong perceptions and we need to learn and mature in wisdom to avoid them. When you are misunderstood by someone, you can’t always fix the problem. Sometimes others are the problem. You can only continue on doing what you are doing from a right heart and pray through it to try to keep yourself from being overcome by hurt and tainted with bitterness and resentment.

One of my favorite non-Bible quotes is from Steven R. Covey. He says: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. He calls this the principle of mutual understanding. You can’t always protect yourself from other’s wrong perceptions other than from trying to learn what is causing them and do better. When they result from issues another person has, you may never be able to protect yourself except to keep your distance from that kind of person. But, in order to keep your own heart right, Covey’s principle is great: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Don't jump to conclusions about someone, deducting why they are doing or saying what they are. It may not be any of your business and you may just be being a busybody. If it is your business and you find yourself thinking negative things about someone that could be you misunderstanding their intentions, then communication with them and find out. Get it out of the imagination zone where you are susceptible to your own wrong imaginations and false conclusions. It is what you'd want others to do with you.

God, through the Apostle Paul, gave us the most important truth to keep our imaginations about others right, if we would live by it. In his teaching on love he says in 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NKJV) "love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."  The word "bears" is a Greek work that means to assume the best about someone.  “Hopes all things,” is related; meaning that loves hopes the best of everyone in every situation. “Endures all things,” means that because of love, there is a diligent effort to protect the relationship.

This word "love" is the word agape and it's the God-kind-of-love. He wants you to love others with this kind of love. He wants you not to draw negative conclusions about someone from imaginations that are uninformed, but instead assume the best. If you are going to imagine anything about anyone without knowing the facts, then he wants you to believe the best, hope the best and protect them and yourself from bad imaginations. Because you love them with an agape love, if you are misunderstanding something about them, then go and ask if it's appropriate. If it's none of your business, assume the best and let it go.

When you walk out this kind of love in your life, it changes you. The Holy Spirit turns you from a skeptical negative person, into an upbeat, think-the-best kind of a person. Over time it changes your character and helps you be misunderstood less and less. If you will live by God’s agape love, then even though someone may misunderstand you, at least you can keep your heart right toward them. If you are misunderstood, you may still hurt and feel pain, but Jesus did, too. And yet He forgave those who crucified Him. He is our role model.

I pray for any and all of you that are suffering from being misunderstood today. I pray that truth and love will prevail in that relationship and that you will become a champion of loving as God taught regardless!

Luke 2:34-35 (Message Bible) "Jesus' father and mother were speechless with surprise at these words. Simeon went on to bless them, and said to Mary his mother, This child marks both the failure and the recovery of many in Israel, A figure misunderstood and contradicted— the pain of a sword-thrust through you— But the rejection will force honesty, as God reveals who they really are."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, July 15, 2016

We Are Privileged - Not Entitled!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Hi Fresh Manna Readers, I will be at a conference and following that, spending two weeks vacationing with my missionary children from Peru. I will be back to writing on August 8, 2016. I hope you'll catch up and enjoy some past posts from my website. I promise you that we will be praying for you! God bless you richly! ~ Pastor Tim

Martha Cothren's Class (a true story told by many)

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

Looking around, confused, they asked, "Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?"

She replied, "You can't have a desk until you tell me what you have done to
earned he right to sit at a desk."

They thought, "Well, maybe it's our grades."

"No," she said.

"Maybe it's our behavior."

She told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom. By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, "Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you."

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said, "You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it."

John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this,that a man lay down his life for his friends.”


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Compassion, God's Grace, and Entitlement

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Over the 35 plus years I have been in ministry, I have met a number of people who have expressed that God and life are unfair. They've desired and expected great things in their life. That's a good thing! It's good to have dreams and positive expectations. But, I’ve noticed that many people just expect things to come their way. They expect the government, organizations, family, or other individuals to take care of them.


We do have many programs in our states and nation that are good and provide great help and benefits to help get people on their feet so that they can build or rebuild their life. I believe the spirit of programs of welfare and assistance—medical or otherwise, is to help people for a season with the goal of getting them on their feet, improving their standard of living, and so they can move forward making their own way. Some medical assistance programs exist for children and that were born with disabilities. They are to be an aid to them and their parents who struggle with difficult and ongoing life choices. Some programs from government and non-profit organizations aid people with food and housing that are simply trying to survive during trying circumstances. They are all good and a part of what makes our society compassionate, loving, and caring. Many of the people driving and helping with these programs are very compassionate and often secret heroes devoting their lives to the selfless service of helping others. God knows who they are! All of this in its out-working is God's grace reaching through people to help people.

This kind of help is never bad. What is bad is when we have people who abuse the good will of government or compassionate organizations, or even their place of employment because of living with an entitlement attitude. There are those that expect their employers to fill their pockets with benefits—benefits that many employers give to be a blessing to their employees.

Companies exist to make a profit. People who have started them have usually put their life's resources and time on the line to succeed. They did so to be successful and make a profit so they can keep their doors open and keep people employed. They give benefits they can afford because they care for their employees. Yet, they are just as subject to economic downturns as any person. They sometimes have to make adjustments that force them to lay off employees or reduce benefits they were offering out of good will, not entitlement.
Entitlement is defined in the dictionary: to give (a person or thing) a title, right, or claim to something; furnish with grounds for laying claim. An example of this might be someone that is paying social security through their job. They are entitled to the benefits laid out when their time has come.

What they might get one year but not be entitled to, is a benefit that pays for their eye glasses and examinations. That might be a benefit one year but lost because of the expense of the program to the company the next year. An “entitlement mentality” puts demands on what they are not entitled to, If they don't get it, it too often leads to a poor attitude and an inadequate work effort while expecting more, more, more.

People's attitudes turn into entitlement behaviors that can cause serious problems if they do not recognize them and mature out of them.

The Bible does not teach entitlement concerning our effort to work hard. The Apostle Paul says it completely and perfectly in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12 (NLT) “And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command with the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from any Christian who lives in idleness and doesn't follow the tradition of hard work we gave you. For you know that you ought to follow our example. We were never lazy when we were with you. We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so that we would not be a burden to any of you. It wasn't that we didn't have the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow. Even while we were with you, we gave you this rule: "Whoever does not work should not eat." Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and wasting time meddling in other people's business. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we appeal to such people—no, we command them: Settle down and get to work. Earn your own living.

The Lord through His Word is very clear on what we are entitled to. We are entitled to work hard with a good attitude. Proverbs 10:4 NIV says, “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth." Proverbs 13:4 NLT says, “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.” God expects we treat our efforts in working as though we were working directly for Him. Colossians 3:22 instructs us, “Servants, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.“

When you read about entitlement attitudes, it's easy to think of others not relating it to yourself. Let a self-examination ultimately result in you being thankful for everything God has provided for you and thankful to the people used of God who helped you succeed.  Beyond that, don't have an entitlement attitude toward man or God. Get a job. Work hard and be diligent with a good attitude to those you serve. And don't look to your boss or anyone as your source. God is your source! And He cares for you! When your job does not supply all your needs, ask God to help you and to lead you into a better place! Ask God in faith in everything being confident that He loves you and desires to help you with everything in your life. It's the truth!

Philippians 4:6 (NLT) "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How Precious is a Pure and Innocent Heart

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Matthew 22:37-38 “Jesus replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment”

My daughter Stephanie and her husband Daniel are missionaries and Pastors in Peru. Each summer they, along with our granddaughters Madeline and Macy, came up from to Peru to visit us. Madeline and Macy are now getting close to their teenage years, but when they were younger, the second they saw us at the airport, they started jumping up and down with excitement and then ran to us and jumped into our arms. Madeline looked at me tenderly and solemnly and said, “Papa, I really, really missed you. I wish we could live here.” She then hugged me and kissed me. She melted my heart instantly.

When their vacation was over and they were ready to head back to Peru, I looked up at Macy and said, “Macy, I am going to miss you and I’ll be sad when you’re gone. What am I going to do without you?” She looked at me, hugged me, patted me on the back and said, “Don’t worry papa, you’ll be all right. I’ll be back soon.” She then gave me a big hug and said, “I love you papa.”

There are many things that are precious and have great value, but I don’t think there is anything more precious than the honesty, innocence, and love of little children.

As Jesus was getting ready to die, He began to prepare His disciples by warning them He would soon be leaving them. I am sure He was tender with them at that moment. As He was beginning to share about His leaving them, He called them “little children.” There are moments in all of our lives when what face, reduces us to feeling like little children. He said to them “Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me… Where I am going, you cannot come….” (John 13:33)

I remember those times when my  children were so little, innocent, pure, and tender. They would run into my arms when I came home from work, hug me as tight as they could, and tell me they loved me. My heart would turn to putty.

Do you think you could ever come to God like a little child? Could you get quiet and think about the magnitude of God’s love toward you. Could you think about His awesome power and the demonstration of His love to you through Jesus? Could you think about the multitude of promises He has made to you? Could you come to Him like a little child with no agenda except to wrap your arms around Him (in your heart) and just spend time like a little child telling Him you love Him and letting that be all the moment is about? Do you think those kinds of moments are precious to Him? I think so!
Matthew 19:14-15 NLT gives us insight. “But Jesus said, "Let the children come to Me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." And He put His hands on their heads and blessed them before He left.”

Maybe you’d feel awkward coming to the Lord in a quiet place and expressing your love like this. If you do, isn’t that the point? Little children don’t feel awkward. Maybe God doesn’t want us to either. Maybe He wants those kinds of moments with us! Psalm 86:12-13 NLT says, “With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death!”

Maybe these kinds of moments would teach us how to again become like little innocent children spilling pure love to Him. Think about how these kinds of moments would feel to Him. Most often, when we pray, we spend time asking the Lord for help and protection. That isn’t wrong and He has instructed us to do that very thing. Yet at the same time, since He created little children and He tells us to come to Him as little children; you have to know that He loves when we spill with love toward Him like little children! Why don't you crawl in His arms and declare your love to Him today. I believe they are the most precious of moments to Him!

Psalms 59:16 (NLT) "But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 11, 2016

The Wise Don't Jump to Conclusions

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I am reposting this by request! It's funny!

John 7:24 “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment."

Everybody got off the plane except one gentleman who was blind. Mr. Smith had noticed him as he walked by and could tell the blind man had flown before because his Seeing Eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of him throughout the entire flight.

The pilot approached the blind man, and calling him by name, said "Keith, we're in Sacramento for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?"Keith replied, "No thanks, but maybe the dog would like to stretch his legs".

Now, picture this: All the people in the gate area came to a complete quiet standstill when they look up and see the pilot walk off the plane with the Seeing Eye dog! The pilot was even wearing sunglasses. People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!Remember things aren't always as they appear.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, July 08, 2016

What Friends Should Do...

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by Pastor Tim Burt

To Write in the Sand
Author Unknown

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. At a specific point of the journey, they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one, who got slapped, was hurt, but without anything to say, he wrote in the sand: "TODAY, MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE."

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who got slapped and hurt started drowning, and the other friend saved him. When he recovered from the fright, he wrote on a stone: "TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE."

The friend who saved and slapped his best friend, asked him, "Why, after I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, and now you write on a stone?"

The other friend, smiling, replied: "When a friend hurts us, we should write it down in the sand, where the winds of forgiveness erase it away. When something great happens, we should engrave it in the stone of the memory of the heart, where no wind can erase it" --

Prov 17:9 “He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends”


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Developing An Excellent Spirit in You

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When we read about great godly men and women from the Bible, we often see them as special, and with character qualities that only they could possess. Christians too easily discredit themselves from being able to have those qualities. Godly character qualities do not have to be unique to great Bible characters only. They can be formed by the Holy Spirit in you! We see that Daniel carried what God called, “an excellent spirit.” In Daniel 6:3 NKJV we read, “Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.”

Daniel’s godly character qualities resulted in him being called by God—one with an “excellent spirit.” That is attainable by each one of us. As a matter of fact, it’s God’s desire for that to happen!

There are three things that contributed more than anything else to Daniel's excellent spirit that will help produce the same spirit in us. The first is learning God’s Word and letting it shape the attitudes of our heart and boundaries of our behavior. The second is to comprehend and live in true humility. And the third is living in a continuous state of prayer. These three attitudes continuously working together will produce a fertile ground in your heart for the Holy Spirit to work heart transformation that produces an “excellent spirit.”

Let’s make the connection between Daniel’s excellent spirit and God’s Word, humility, and prayer. Daniel 6:10 NLT says,“But when Daniel learned that the law (an evil law that said you could only pray to King Darius) had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.”

Daniel loved and lived by the Word of God. Daniel 9:4 (NLT) says, "I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: “O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands." Daniels love for God's word taught him there was only one God to learn of, worship, and pray to! His knowledge of the Word of God created that attitude and obedience in his life. Because of this, he knew he could not bow and pray to King Darius.

Then you read that Daniel prayed before the Lord “just as he had always done.” Prayer wasn’t a duty with Daniel. Prayer to him was more important than anything—it was like breathing and lifeline to God. He saw God as his help in everything he put his hand to. Because of that, he was always in an attitude of prayer. That attitude contributed to him having an “excellent spirit.”

Daniel was a role model of true humility. He was promoted above everyone. He was not looking for that. It came to him because of his humility—knowing that God was his success at every step. He did not glory in himself as the success. He gloried in God being the source of his help. That’s the opposite of most people. Their success often inflates their ego and self-importance and God slips into the background. Most people who obtain success believe they are something special. Daniel was not like that. He loved God. He thanked God at every step for every good thing—thus his kneeling down to formally pray each day. But his prayer was not limited to those three times. It was an attitude that was as continuous as his dependency on God. These qualities in him are what God called an "excellent spirit." What a lesson to be learned!

Now let me bring this into today's reality. As you read the story of Daniel, you will see that though he had this excellent spirit, he did not live in a bubble. He faced tribulation for His love for God. Righteousness and success are always surrounded by jealousy. Evil, jealous men tried to continually make Daniel’s life miserable. I mean truly evil plots that would have unraveled 99% of most people's life. Daniel kept his heart before the Lord and in God’s hand. He never missed a beat. There were many attacks on his life despite his prayer life, yet God kept lifting Daniel up, kept protecting him, and kept using him and kept blessing him.

Daniel 1:9 (NKJV) says, "Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs." Prayer doesn’t eliminate every attack of the enemy, but loving God's word, walking in the humility of your dependency on God, and being constant in prayer, will keep you in His divine favor and bring God's deliverance and blessing again and again. It will shape an “excellent spirit” within you. It’s not a magic formula. It’s what comes when you stay before the Lord as He shapes your heart with his excellent godly character and goodness flows like a river from it.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Remember Our Roots: America - A Judeo-Christian Nation!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


4th of July thoughts for 4th of July week.
God bless America!

God bless Congressman J. Randy Forbes for expressing what so many of us as Americans and Christians feel!

Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.


There is only one God. All other gods are nothing more than the figment of men's imaginations as seen in Isaiah 41:17-24 (NLT)  "When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the Lord, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will never forsake them. I will open up rivers for them on high plateaus. I will give them fountains of water in the valleys. In the deserts they will find pools of water. Rivers fed by springs will flow across the dry, parched ground.  I will plant trees—cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, cypress, fir, and pine—on barren land.  Everyone will see this miracle and understand that it is the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, who did it.  "Can your idols make such claims as these? Let them come and show what they can do!" says the Lord, the King of Israel. "Let them try to tell us what happened long ago or what the future holds. Yes, that's it! If you are gods, tell what will occur in the days ahead. Or perform a mighty miracle that will fill us with amazement and fear. Do something, whether good or bad!  But no! You are less than nothing and can do nothing at all..."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, July 01, 2016

A Humorous 4th of July Parable

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Parable For The 4th of July (author unknown)

Once, in the 1820's, a little boy called Sam was playing in the yard behind his house. During his pretend fighting game, he knocked over the outhouse. 


Now Sam was upset and worried that he would get into trouble so he ran into the woods and didn't come out until after got dark. When he arrived back home, his pappy was waiting for him. 

He asked suspiciously, "Son, did you knock over the outhouse this afternoon?"

"No, pappy," Sam lied. "Well, let me tell you a story," said the father. "Once, not that long ago, Mr Washington received a shiny new axe from his father. 


Excited, he tried it out on a tree, swiftly cutting it down. But as he looked at the tree, with dismay he realized it was his mother's favorite cherry tree," his pappy paused." just like you, he ran into the woods. When he returned, his pappy asked, 'George, did you cut down the cherry tree?' George answered with, 'Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did indeed chop down the tree.' 

Then his father said, 'Well, since you were honest with me, you are spared from punishment. I hope you have learned your lesson. So," the Sam's father asked again," did you knock down the outhouse?"

"Pappy, I cannot tell a lie any more." said the little boy. "I did indeed knock down the outhouse."

Then his pappy father spanked Sam boy red, white, and blue. The boy whimpered, "Pappy, I told you the truth! Why did you spank me?"

Pappy answered, "Because George Washington's father wasn't in the tree when he chopped it down!"


John Adams 2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."

Psalm 33:12 "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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