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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

God's Heart Being Formed in You

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by Pastor Tim Burt



Few things shape our Christian character like learning to have compassion for others! God will work profoundly in you as you have compassion on others.

As Christians, the Apostle Paul instructs us to care for each other. Galatians 6:2-3 (NLT) says, “Share each other's troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody” The Apostle Paul told us that God created us to be a blessing and help to each other. Jesus modeled the selfless life, not the selfish life.

I grew up watching my mother (a wonderful and amazing woman who has gone home to be with the Lord) worry about everyone. She felt that worry equaled compassion. That's not really true! Caring for others equals compassion, but worrying does not. Jesus said worrying can’t add a thing to our life. Caring for others—understanding what you can do and what you can’t do, does work. This took me many years for me to sort out.

There are times when we feel the burden to help many, just a few, or sometimes just one person. There are times when we can do something actively and there are other times when we’ve been given an assignment by God’s Spirit to pray. There are times when I go to the hospital to pray for someone from our church. There are other times when I am being pulled to my knees to pray.

Before I prayed, I wanted to read God’s Word and see what He would lead me in to pray. He was ever so faithful. In Psalm 115 the Lord was reminding me that the world looks to idols— systems or things people lean upon in trouble that can’t really help them. In the old days, these were literally idols carved or shaped from something. Today they're sophisticated systems that are supposed to solve all our problems only they never do. Putting trust in them is like putting trust in idols.

Psalm 115:4-8 described them like this: “Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands. They cannot talk, though they have mouths, or see, though they have eyes! They cannot hear with their ears, or smell with their noses, or feel with their hands, or walk with their feet, or utter sounds with their throats! And those who make them are just like them, as are all who trust in them.”

I’m sure none of you are sitting around praying to idols as just described, but are you looking to the Lord for your help? For me, I am not God and can’t solve all the problems that people I love have. But that doesn’t mean I abandon them in thought or caring. No, I do what I can, not what I can’t. And today, the Lord showed me that the most powerful thing I could do was lift them before Him today! Not only does it honor God, but it brings their needs before the throne of Heaven. I did so and felt the burden I woke up with lift from me. I left it at God’s throne! I prayed for you today!

Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Let God's Passion Become Your Passion

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by Pastor Tim Burt



Jesus tells us a story. In this story He illustrates just how important the lost—someone who has not accepted Jesus as Savior—is to God. He tells the story of “The Lost Coin.’ In Luke 15:8-10 we read this story. Jesus said, "Suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."  If you'd stop and meditate on this story, you'd know that Jesus wants you to climb into this woman's shoes and feel what she feels.

You may have something you greatly treasure. When it's in a secure place you are content and at peace about it. But imagine something you greatly treasured getting misplaced or lost. The value of it immediately climbs and you go on the hunt until you’ve found it. Then you experience that wave of relief that sweeps over you when you do find it. I can relate to this woman because I've lived this experience. Have you?

Jesus is trying to tell us something here. He is revealing the heart of God toward the lost in telling this story. God passionately loves all those that have become His children through faith in Jesus. He has placed great value upon us and He will always take care of those who have received Jesus and believe. But Jesus is always working to reveal Himself and His love to the lost. He assigns His angels to assist Him. Though people be lost and possibly even living like the devil, they are a part of mankind—His creation, who Jesus died for. Satan has lied and worked to pervert every truth of God in order to draw them away from God and into his own misery and destiny including Hell. That is not God’s plan for them. As Jesus said in John 10:10, “He wants to give them life and give it more abundantly.” That means a life of blessing on this earth as well as the gift of eternal life in Heaven with Him!

If the story Jesus told wasn't powerful enough, He tells us something more: not a story or analogy and definitely not an exaggeration. He reveals a picture of an ongoing event in Heaven. He said, "In the same way,”  (speaking of the found coin,) “I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." (Luke 15:10) Imagine this. There is a continuous rejoicing of the angels that ripples through Heaven because there are always people being saved. Could it be like the sound of an excited crowd in a full 100,000 seat stadium only at a volume level we can't imagine? The joy in Heaven and the sound must be majestic and like a symphony beyond our comprehension!
To the Lord, every single person matters and that's why Jesus told the story! He wants us to capture that part of His heart and His passion as our own. Because we love Him, He wants us to be an extension of Him by presenting the love, mercy, kindness, and grace of Jesus to those around us—even those who act like the devil because it’s all they know to do.

We can't have an expectation of the lost—whether they are our own loved ones or strangers around us, to act in a biblical and godly manner. The Bible says the secret things of God are hidden from their blinded eyes. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says, “Satanthe god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Some of their worldly behaviors or attitude may disgust us but we can't abandon them. They may be tough to be around and I'm not suggesting we be in continuous fellowship with them, but remember they are God’s—and so your, lost coin.

Jesus taught us that the first thing in ‘caring for the lost’ is to pray! These were Jesus’ instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” (Luke 10:2)

When you see the lost, pray for them! When they disgust you, turn that disgust into prayer. Your prayers move Heaven and earth. Angels respond because it is the will of God. Labors—others like you are strengthened with compassion and courage when you pray. Some may reach out to your unsaved loved ones and you might do the same for theirs. Through your prayers, demons will be bound, and the eyes of the lost will be open. Many will be saved and the roar of joy will continue to ripple throughout Heaven. Your prayers and your willingness to be the touch of God's love and light in their lives will result in many being found!


If we develop the heart of God for the lost like Jesus showed us, then we'll be that prayer covering for them while God works to reach their hearts and draw them unto Himself. And the angels will rejoice….

Hebrews 1:14 (NIV) “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Be Careful What You Ask For

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Hope you don't mind me reposting this but I have always thought it was so hilarious! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend. You are prayed for and loved by the Burts!


Haggai 1:7 (NIV) This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways.



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In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Thanksgiving Devotion: Being Mindful of His Blessings

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Happy Thanksgiving from the Burt Family to yours! May we all thank God together for the many blessing He has blessed us with through Jesus Christ our Lord!  

Do you know the old expression "Is your cup half empty or half full?" Well tell me this; how do you view your life for the most part? Are you waiting for your ship to pull in before you become excited about what God has done in your life or have you noticed and are you thankful for what God has blessed you with now?

In the 2nd chapter of Malachi, we read about those who could only see from the "half empty" perspective. They were God's people but their heart, their attitude, and their personal lives before God were not right. Consequently, how they viewed and understood God and the way He treated them was contemplated from a distorted perspective. When you aren't living right before God and yet you still expect His blessings, your perspective is off somewhere. If you read the book of Malachi, you would see that God’s people were doing their own thing, yet wanting God to bless them outside of obedience to His Word. Thus they developed a lousy and skewed perspective and attitude. They whined that God blessed evil doers while not blessing them. Malachi 2:17 (NIV) says, “You have wearied the LORD with your words.” How have we wearied him?" you ask. By saying, "All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and He is pleased with them" or "Where is the God of justice?"

In modern day language, it might sound like this. "God always seems to bless them but we never get blessed." "This blessing stuff doesn't work. My brother Frank has enough money for the entire family and yet he lives like the devil." "I don't get it. I give God some money once in a while and my car breaks down and I don't have enough for the bills. That's it! I've had it. If this is how God is going to deal with me, I'm going to keep my money and live like the devil, maybe I'll come out ahead."

If you notice at the start of this verse, it says, "You have wearied the Lord with your words." We know that the Bible teaches, "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." If someone was speaking words that wearied God, then we know that this was what was in their heart and perspective.

In we see the "half full" perspective. We see someone who knows the Lord, who knows the Lord is their helper, and so consequently sets their face like flint. Isaiah 50:7 (NIV) “Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” They know that God is there for them and that settles it. They are not going to be moved no matter what the negative circumstances seem to say. This is a heart attitude that emulates faith - that pleases God—that opens the door and creates the atmosphere for God to move mightily in.

In Matthew, we read about the woman with the issue of blood who had been sick for 12 years. She had finally set her face like flint toward God. She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed." This pleased the Lord because her words rightly reflected the heart and will of God. Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment. Matthew 9:21-22 (NIV)

When we aren't mindful of what God’s will is and have faith in it, we will become weary, then disappointed, and soon feel dead in side. This is the point when people pull back from God and quit meditating on His Word and quit praying. It is just a short time later that whining and complaining begin to spill out our mouth. From there our perception of God's goodness deteriorates and becomes distorted. Just around the corner is Satan ready to convince us that having faith in God is a waste of time.

When we take the time to be ever mindful of the many blessings that God has bestowed and desires to bestow upon us then our eyes will be open to see more of what He is doing in our life. We are to be steadfast in faith—like flint—toward God’s promises. Flint is a variety of quartz that, due to its extreme hardness, is easily shaped by flaking. Known and used since very ancient times, flint was used by the Israelites for knives, ax heads, arrow heads, spear heads and starting fires. God wants us to be immovable by circumstances instead standing hard core like flint in His promises. He wants our words to be; “Father, I thank you that this is your promise for me and I’ll not be moved until I see it manifest in my life. I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” When we draw close to Him with that kind of tenacity, God will help us see the cup half-filled while He is filling it the rest of the way. Our face will be set like flint and our faith ignited.

Be blessed as you praise God for the abundance of goodness that He has touched your life with today! Speak your thanks out loud to Him. Watch it change you and your circumstances. Psalm 28:7 (NIV) “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Some Are Faithful. Some Fizzle Out! Which Are You?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Fizzle Out! Have you ever heard that expression? What picture comes to your mind? One of the definitions for fizzle is A failure or aborted effort. We used to call firecrackers that fizzled out, duds. When I think of this term, I think of people who claimed to be excited about something or make great  statements of commitment—This is awesome! I'm all in!—only to later fizzle out. They turned out to be a dud!

I've seen many a person claim their faithfulness and commitment to many things only to soon "fizzle out." I've seen people fizzle out of their marriages, fizzle out of the good intentions of their parenting efforts, fizzle out of their plans to trim down or get in shape, fizzle out of their commitments to things that they said, God had told them to do. Proverbs 20:6 (NKJV) says, "Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?" God says many people will proclaim all the great and wonderful things they can or are going to do. I always wonder who will still be there doing what they started out to do in the end.

I have always had great admiration for people who are faithful and stick to and finish what they start out to do. This country was founded by faithful pioneers who had a great vision of things that could be. They were intensely faithful to that vision. Pioneers and people faithful to a cause usually make innumerable unseen sacrifices of their own time and resources for the future good of others. We are blessed to be living in a land that was pioneered by the faithful at the cost of tremendous sacrifice so that we may experience the prosperity and freedom that we have today.

At church, I find myself surrounded by faithful people. I'll give you one example although I could literally give you hundreds. Years ago I saw a tremendous lack of parenting skills in parents with young children. This was before the television show Super Nanny came along as a great gift from God for parents. I felt that most parents did not realize that if they would put forth the hard but wonderful work of consistent hands-on teaching, instructing, reproving, and discipline with their children in these powerfully formative early years of their children's lives, the rest of their growing years with their children will be a cake walk compared to those children that were given minimum parenting. Parents that don't set boundaries enforced with follow-through and discipline, end up with children that run wild. God had put it on my heart to help many of these young parents so that they could avoid all the pitfalls and heartaches that so many parents face later on when their children turn to teenagers.

I started a class called Parenting Young Children that Renee and I taught for a number of years. Parents loved it and the fruit of what we taught was immediate in the lives of these families. My responsibilities at our church of 10,000 people are enormous and never-ending. I started our Small Group Ministry over 30 years ago and we have a great diversity of groups. It has always been important to continue to add groups to meet the needs of our church. Years ago while I was teaching Parenting Young Children, a couple came along that told me they God had put it on their heart to help me in any way I needed. I was grateful and glad to have their help. They were and are wonderful people. I never just turn something over to someone. I spent time working with and mentoring this couple letting them learn what we were teaching and eventually giving them the opportunity to teach what we had taught. They did a delightful job and in many ways, brought a new dimension of creativity and fun to the group that helped it to continue and greatly prosper. Because of these people, the vision and importance of the group continued to expand. They eventually took the helm freeing me to start something new. These people ran this group for over 20 years and blessed countless people who have glowingly shared a multitude of powerful testimonies from the help they have received in this group.

People like this are the definition of faithful. They are often working quietly and diligently behind the scenes without glory or fanfare. These kinds of people aren’t driven by the pat on the back. They are driven by an inward vision and passion to a cause. People like this build things now for the good of others later. Few people understand the sacrifices the faithful make of their personal and family time to help others. They have the same demands on their lives that everyone else has and yet, they selflessly sacrifice enormous amounts of their personal time and resources for the well-being of others. People like this are the gold and precious stones of the earth. They are the salt that brings mankind its flavor. They are God's living and breathing blessings manifest in this earth to make our lives better.

I am surrounded by people like this at our church—people who have been faithfully serving others out of their heart and unto the Lord for 15, 20, and even 30 years. They consider it a part of their destiny and God-given purpose. What they do is hugely significant in God's wonderful scheme of things.

The faithful are a huge part of what makes my life rich. They don't know what fizzle out means. They live a life of faithfulness.

I hope you notice the faithful that touch you and your family's lives. Let me warn you, they are often almost invisible. They go about being a blessing without drawing any attention to themselves. You'd have to take time to think about who they are! If you do, the greatest payback you could ever give them is to create a moment to let them know that you've noticed and are so thankful for how they have blessed your life. It will bless them immensely and energize them even more. And while you are looking to see who these people are in your life, stop and ask yourself—Are you are faithful or a fizzler? Let them encourage and inspire you!

Colossians 1:2 (NLT) "We are writing to God’s holy people... who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. May God our Father give you grace and peace"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Your Imagination Is a Tool From God. Use it Right

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I want to talk with you about your imagination. You imagine things all day and every day. Words you hear paint pictures in your imagination. Thoughts you think come to you because you've summoned them, or they've just randomly come to your mind. Either way, they paint pictures in your imagination. Unfortunately and contrary to God’s Word, most people spend far too much of their time imagining the things they fear, or are concerned will go wrong in their life. The newspapers and the media only add to the problem and fears by spewing bad news which fuel negative imaginations.

When people imagine and think about fearful and negative things, they eventually speak about them. No one is excluded!People repeat the doom and gloom they imagine and spend time thinking about.

They then speak things that are contrary and often the opposite of what they are hoping and praying for from God. This results in the undermining of one's own faith and peace. Christians, of all people, should realize that words are the very vehicle that God used to create and bring life to this world. They're also containers that bring unbelief and death. Proverbs 18:21 NLT says, "The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences."

What you imagine, stimulates and launches words that are containers of power that affect everything including your faith and peace. Isaiah 26:3 NLT tells us to think on the opposite of the bad news the world tries to get us to focus on. It says,“Lord, you will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts (imaginations) are fixed on you!"

Is there really power in thoughts and words? The experts will tell you that consumer confidence (what consumers think—good or bad) absolutely affects our spending habits and thus affecting the economy in a powerful way. If people think our economy is in a bad state, they then talk about it, and talk themselves into not spending money. When people stop spending money, the economy gets worse. That is the power and effect of the imagination and the words that follow, at work.

When imaginations come that are negative, contrary to God's word, produce fear, and so on, we should swat them like mosquitoes. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “Casting down imaginations, and every thought that elevates itself over or contrary to the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…” This is saying that wrong imaginations aren’t cool. We have to cast them down!

Personally, I think on the promises God speaks to us and imagine them overtaking my life. I think on His love, His protection, His provision, His healing, His wisdom—all His blessings overtaking my life. Why? Because Deuteronomy 28:2 says, “And all these blessings shall come upon you AND OVERTAKE YOU because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” I frequently read the blessings of Deuteronomy 28 imagining them, praying them, and thanking God that they are overtaking my life. I imagine doing changing areas of my life to please Him. I imagine someone needing me to encourage or pray for them. I imagine the grace of God helping me in everything I struggle to do in my own strength. That imagination is power to me. I think it. I say it with thanksgiving. And I pray it! It fills my thoughts and mouth with good things rather than the doom and gloom everyone else talks about. It reminds me of

God's promises and helps my thought-life stay in faith and in peace.This is how God intended your imagination to be used so that you'd be encouraged and be a vessel of encouragement to those around you!

Philippians 4:8 (NLT) "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Here is Who God Intended You to Be!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Let me share two verses with you that absolutely ignite my faith. 2 Peter 1:3-4 “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.... so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."

I was a person that grew up in a wonderful home with kind and loving parents who gave me everything they had the capacity to give me. It was truly a loving atmosphere that nurtured good things in me.

Even though my home atmosphere was great, as we’ve all learned, it can be a tough world to live in. There are many not-so-nice and not-so-encouraging people out there. My confidence level of who I was and what I was to become was not clear to me and I did not know or have the Lord to direct my steps or encourage my heart—at least that I was aware of.

Like most kids, I did not receive glowing encouragement from my friends and classmates at school. That isn’t what kids are generally great at. The opposite may be closer to the truth. I saw myself as a very average person and there were few to ever refute that! That may not seem all that bad but, no young aspiring person really wants to think of themself as average.
I had a friendly personality, but most of the strengths that I did have, weren’t the stand out kind of attributes that were easily noticeable to my friends. I was an extremely hard worker and had great common sense but who notices that? I was also a small person until my growth spurt in my senior year of high school. Small guys often get picked on. I received good grades but wasn’t close to being the smartest person. I was only an okay athlete. All this to say, I wasn't the stand out guy that everyone signed up to be friends with. Consequently, I did not have much to grow my self-esteem.

I gave my life to the Lord at the age of 24. That was when something powerful, miraculously changed within me. My caring of what people thought about me began to decrease. My care for reverencing the Lord and living for Him became my ultimate importance and purpose. It was liberating to say the least!

As I began to read the Bible and learn about this new life in Jesus, my eyes were opened to something very wonderful—something that I had wished my self-esteem had been built upon my entire life. I learned that I had been given a new nature—God’s nature. Something He called the “divine nature.” The Greek word for nature means growth and is implying the growth of our character and disposition—of who we become. The preceding word divine means godhead. This is implying that God’s character now abides with us to learn and grow from. Again, 2 Peter 1:3-4 says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.... so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."

This new nature is given to every believer as a gift of God’s grace and love. We can only develop in it when we believe it and act upon it by faith. In taking hold of this revelation and truth, it meant that I had the power of God abiding in me to become Christ-like! Wow! That is truly a mind-boggling thought! It meant that I could leave all my old corrupted desires and ways behind. It meant that God's supernatural power was at work in my life to direct me from within! Talk about a self-esteem booster. The Holy Spirit would teach me to honor God and to me, nothing was more important!

Most Christians think godliness means being good and kind. There are many people who don’t know Jesus that are good and kind. It has to mean more! God lets us see the world through His eyes and gives us insight to things others can't see. And he gives us His strength to walk in them. That is what participating in His "divine nature" means. He let's us share His anointed words—His life changing words that have the ability to alter the total course of someone else's life. He instructs and allows us to lay hands on the sick so they can recover. He instructs and allows us come to the throne of Heaven—His throne of grace when we pray. Hebrews 4:16 says, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.”

God instructs and allows us to be His vessels sharing His love and life-changing power in our day-to-day surroundings. I challenge you to pray about these scriptures yourself. The Lord asks us to put on goodness and godliness that is fueled by His Spirit. Then His purpose can become our purpose. Then His power can work through us. When that happens, then the reality of these two verses truly begins to hit home with us. John 14:12 “The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” And, 1 John 5:14-15, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of Him."

God wants us to offer His life-changing love, His life-changing Word, His life-changing promises, and His life-changing power that comes through prayer. Jesus has given me His love, His purpose, and His divine nature to imitate and boldly live touching others with His “divine” love and power. This is how God wants self-esteem developed within us—within you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Joy and Power That Comes From Worshipping God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Recently I was driving in my car and saw something that I've seen a hundred times—something that made me smile. I saw a gal rocking out in her car. She was moving and singing like she was on stage. How many times has this happened to you? You look up in your rear view mirror or over in the car next to you and notice someone singing away. It always puts a smile on my face. Don't we all get just a tad more uninhibited when we are in our alone places?

People talk to themselves all the time. We talk to ourselves. We sing to ourselves. We argue or get mad at ourselves or someone else when there is no one else present. Instead of just talking to myself, I'd rather talk, pray and sing to the Lord—especially in the car. My alone time in the car is a great place of solitude. And only the Lord appreciates my singing! He gets an earful when He and I have alone time in my car!

David would often reflect on the Lord's goodness and love. He would often sing about the Lord's glory and his love for the Lord. We see this in many of the Psalms. Psalm 89:1 NIV says, "I will sing of the Lord's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations." In Psalms 59:16 NLT we see David singing, "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." Not only was David worshipping the Lord, he was building and strengthening his personal faith by remembering who and all that the Lord was to Him.

Ephesians 5:19-21 KJV exhorts us saying, "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...”

The Lord alone is worthy of our praise! Learning to sing words of thanksgiving to God from your heart can be a continuing and awesome way to share your thanks to the Lord and bring you into His very presence! And if you haven't realized this, worshipping the Lord is a form of prayer! Find and learn songs that are music to scripture and it will teach you His Word! Then you'll have songs to worship Him but you'll also be putting His word in your heart!

Worshipping the Lord will help you in other ways also. Psalms 8:2 teaches us that praise stills the enemyPsalm 8:2 (TLB) says, "You have taught the little children to praise you perfectly. May their example shame and silence your enemies!" If little children can still the enemy, so can you! Praise quiets your mind and emotions. It helps you detach from the cares of this world while focusing on God. It stills the voice of the enemy who is always trying to discourage you and steal your hope!

I started to make up and sing songs of thanks to the Lord from my heart years ago. Now I sing to the Lord from my heart almost daily. (I'm a closet singer and songwriter. No real talent—just love to do it!) The ways in which it draws you close to the Lord and transforms your heart is beyond words!

Psalms 5:11 (NLT) "But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Be Honest! No One Believes What They Only See!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Someone wrote me today and said something rudely and profane. My paraphrase of it was, he asked me to have God remove the cat poo from his front yard and then told me to wake up and leave my fantasy world. Science was his world. Have you ever heard the old saying, Seeing is believing? There are many people who take that kind of stance when it comes to spiritual things. I can’t see God, so why should I believe in Him? I believe in science and what I can see!

Pride is a stronghold preventing many people from honesty when it comes to faith and spiritual things. Those who say they only believe what science proves true are kidding themselves. Scientists put great faith in their hypotheses working to prove them, hoping for them to be true. A portion of the scientific and medical community does ongoing work on hypotheses—on theories they believe to be true even though they are not yet a scientific hypothesis—a proven hypothesis. Evolution itself is a hypothesis but not scientifically proven as true, yet many put faith in it as though it were. There are many unproven theories treated such as Evolution that are treated as fact. You can read about at Top 10 Most Famous Scientific Theories (That Turned out to be Wrong.)  These were unproven theories taken as fact that people put their faith in.  Pride surfaces when those who like science and evidence won’t admit that new science consistently replaces old science—something they previously believed absolutely true no longer being true. Those that say they won’t believe without seeing actually believe and put faith in things they cannot see every day. No one lives a life without faith. Some put their faith in God and others in the intelligence and works of man.

One of Jesus’ own disciples struggled with believing unless he could see. We read about him in John 20:24-31. “Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. They said, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." A week later His disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”

Thomas learned that when it comes to the scriptures and Jesus, faith is greater than seeing to believe. He wasn’t the only one that chose for whatever reason, not to believe without seeing. Many of the Jewish leaders of Jesus day actually DID see with their own eyes the miracles that Jesus did, but still chose not to believe what they witnessed with their own eyes. For them, seeing was not believing. Hebrews 4:2 and the gospels reveal that many people saw Jesus heal others. Some believed but some did not. Hebrews 4:2 NLT says, “For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.”

Today, know that there is great power in having childlike trust and faith in God. You may be getting weary over a situation that you’ve been praying about. I assure you that if you love the Lord, He is with you today, that He cares, and that He is responding and working through your prayers of faith.

This promise is for you! Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV) “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” This promise and truth describes you!

This and every promise of God is given to you through your faith in Jesus. These promises are alive and well and waiting by God to be believed with strong faith. Romans 1:17 tell us that "The just shall live by faith."  That's you if you believe in Jesus. You are justified and make right in God's eyes!

Troubles and negative circumstances may be trying to undermine your faith, but don't let them. Wait (continue to pray with thanksgiving) on the Lord and let Him renew your strength. He'll do so by speaking His promises into your life! Science won't bring you peace and if you only believe what you see, it might not be pretty! Seeing isn't believing. Having faith is believing! Trust God’s word and promise to you today. Pray and have faith! And know that He loves you, cares, and is working in our life because of your faith in Him!

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV) “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Let God's Rod and Staff Slay Your Worries

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Years ago, I watched the movie Gladiator. It was the epic showdown in a Colosseum of savage people, cheering a champion gladiator, battling the strongest fighting slave with the intention of destroying him.

I think that picture fairly represents how I have felt on various occasions when an overwhelming type problem or crisis manifested in my life. In those times, it was like there was a gladiator of anxiety and fear working to destroy every shred of hope, with the intention of getting me to abandon my faith in God's help. I don't think I am unique in the arena. I think most people face those terrifying gladiators in life. It may be over a loss of a job, financial pressures, a relational or marital schism, or any number of hurtful situations that can arise in life. At times like this people lose sleep, stop eating or eat too much, make wrong decisions out of emotional distress, and say and do things they regret from that emotional distress.

As a Christian, we have an advantage over those who don't know Jesus as Savior. We are able to step into that arena with a confidence that could only be from God. It's a confidence the Bible describes as the “peace that passes understanding” where there should be none. This is a peace and rest that the world will never understand. I’m not saying it’s easy to come to that place of peace and yet Jesus spoke the words desiring us to know that it’s more than possible in those difficult times. Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."(Matthew 11:28 NLT)

Why would Jesus say that? How could He say that? He would and could say that because of His profound love and sincere desire to be with us and help us through every moment of our life. He knows that the circumstances of our life can be overwhelming at times. But He wants you to lay them at His feet, pray in faith that He’ll help you, and then trust Him that He will. He is with you! He reminds us in 1 John 5:4 (NIV) "For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith."  He reminds us in 1 John 4:4 (NLT) "But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory...because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world."

Many people box Jesus out of their lives except when they need Him. That’s why they have such a hard time believing that He would and does care. But He does, and our unbelief in it isn’t going to change it. He simply loves us. He loves me. He loves you!

God comforts us further with this promise in Psalm 23:4 NLT. "Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me."

God’s rod represents a tool of counting or keeping track of His sheep. It also represents a weapon of protection. His staff represents something to lean upon for support and help as you walked through life. In other words, you belong to God and He is keeping track of you and will protect you. God's rod and staff is His Word to be encouraged through and to lean upon with sincere heart faith so that you may rest in Him and the promise of His Word.

Remember that Jesus was called "Emmanuel which means God is with us." (Matthew 1:23 NLT) What powerful words of comfort. Don’t let the enemy—the gladiator of your soul, torment you. You destroy Him! Rebuke him in Jesus name. Lay your cares and worries at the feet of Jesus and leave them there! Spend time in the word of God with God's rod and staff. He is with you and cares for you! He has repeatedly promised so!

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 11, 2016

A Story: The Most Valuable Thing

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The Most Valuable Thing Author Unknown

James 4:14 "How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone." 

Over the phone, his mother told her son Jack, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday." Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days. "Jack, did you hear me?" "Oh, sorry Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said.

"Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his side of the fence' as he put it," Mom told him." I loved that old house he lived in," Jack said.

"You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man's influence in your life," she said. "He's the one who taught me carpentry," he said. "I wouldn't be in this business if it weren't for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important...Mom, I'll be there for the funeral," Jack said.

As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time. Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time. The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture.

Jack stopped suddenly. "What's wrong, Jack?" his Mom asked. "The box is gone," he said. "What box?" Mom asked. "There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he'd ever tell me was 'the thing I value most,'" Jack said. It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it. "Now I'll never know what was so valuable to him," Jack said. "I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom."

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. "Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days," the note read.

Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention. "Mr. Harold Belser" it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack's hands shook as he read the note inside. "Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It's the thing I valued most in my life." A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.

Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the

cover. Inside he found these words engraved: "Jack, Thanks for your time! - Harold Belser." "The thing he valued most was...my time" Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. "Why?" Janet, his assistant asked. "I need some time to spend with my son," he said. "Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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