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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Abraham Lincoln's Message

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by Pastor Tim Burt


May God’s richest blessings fill your heart and lives through the love of Jesus!  Happy Thanksgiving to All!  We are thankful for you! 

1 Chronicles 16:8 "Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people"


It seems as though there has been a great effort made over the last decade to hinder anyone from a child on up from freely talking about Almighty God whom we are thankful to for every good thing in our life.

A poem on Thanksgiving from a child in school today might read like this:

Thanks You Know Who…
The pilgrims came here seeking freedom of you know what.
When they landed, they gave thanks to you know who.
Because of them, we can worship each Sunday, you know where.


May we please on this Thanksgiving, remember one of our past great leaders who had no reservations about speaking of the thanks and prayer due to Almighty God who has blessed our nation.

These are the words of President Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863


"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, the many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

With this attitude, may we plan something with those we love, to give bold repentance and thanksgiving to our God who has blessed our great nation and is the only one who can put it back on track!" - President Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863 




Psalm 94:17 (NLT) "Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Have Faith! God's Got Your Back!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever had someone unexpectedly have your back when you really needed it. I was doing some fall leaf clean-up yesterday. I was just finishing up when I noticed my neighbor hadn't gotten to his leaves yet. At that moment, I felt impressed by God to go do it for him so I continued on and went to work on his yard. While I was working, he came outside walking slowly with his cane. He'd had some serious back issues and was sincerely appreciative of this unexpected blessing. He was thankful I had his back! It was really God that had his back!

Have you ever had anyone surprise you and do something extraordinarily nice for you something that was unexpected and beyond what you would have ever imagined? I have a few times over the course of my life and to this day, they are blessed memories that make me so thankful. With people, those occasions are not very frequent but with God, they can be.

The Lord has done things in my life continuously that can only be described by the verse in Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) that says, “Now to Him (God) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…”

God by His nature, seldom does or works things out in a conventional way. He most often answers prayers in a way greater than we could ask or think. The more you get bogged down in your expectation of how God should answer your prayers, the more you miss seeing how He really does answer it! Your part is to trust and believe in His promises knowing that He delights in helping and blessing you. Faith in promises like this verse becomes His power working in us.  “...according to His power that is at work within us…” (Ephesians 3:20)

People continuously get anxious over what they need or over what they don’t have. Far too many people don't know that God wants to help them with what they need and what they don’t have. They really don’t know God that way and consequently, have no real sincere faith that He would care to help them with the details and needs in their life. Many have been taught not to bother God. To many, praying is like breaking a turkey wishbone and making a wish. They know little or nothing about real Bible faith or trust in God's promises. The fact is, God desires to help you. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) says, "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." This peace and the guarding of your heart and mind come because of your engaged believing—your faith!

Not only does God desire to help us, but as we read earlier, “He is able to do …immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” But, He also reveals that this is a result of “…His power that is at work within us…” And get this point—it isn’t enough to know that God is able. You much believe that He is willing and desirous to help you! You must have faith in that. It is the key to “…His power at work within us…”

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) says, "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."

This is the kind of faith Abraham pleased God with. God called him the Father of our faith because of his faith in God's promises. Let’s read about it.

Romans 4:16-22 (NLT) “So that's why faith is the key! God's promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it…if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. That is what the Scriptures meant when God told him, "I have made you the father of many nations." This happened because Abraham believed - the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed him. God had also said, "Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars," even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible! And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able to have children. Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything He promised...” Over time God fulfilled every promise to Abraham.

It is our faith in God’s promises that honors God. It is the power of God working in us. God is not a genie in a bottle. God blesses from a heart of love, those that love Him and have faith in Him. If you truly love Him and live for Him, then let that kind of faith become His power working in you. Get rid of being anxious over what you cannot do yourself. Quit determining how God is going to answer your prayer. Just have faith that it will be beyond what you can ask or think. And lean on the Lord at all times! Then the peace of God that guards your heart and mind will be yours. His love is amazing and He absolutely does cares about the details and needs within your life! Just keep moving forward in faith. He's got your back!

 Hebrews 6:12 (NIV) "...imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Let Your Moral Compass Be Set by God's Word

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by Pastor Tim Burt


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Have you ever noticed that the weather report comes to you from your media source without bias?  Weather reporters are not interested in giving their emotional input or political bias about how they feel about the weather. They just give you the facts that are available to them.

With most of the news and media sources around the world today, that is not the case. Most media sources and outlets are stewed in bias because news is no longer the primary agenda. Political bias is. If a newspaper does not like a particular political party or candidate that reflects their views, their bias will reveal it. Someone at the top will make sure that happens. They may follow legal guidelines to skate the edge of what's legal, but they've lost their moral and ethical compass altogether. That is true for the newspaper industry, network news and television, Hollywood and music industry, education, and now even the sports industry has been infected.  The concept of remaining neutral and letting politics remain in the political field is gone.

We live in a country with a legal system that is built on the foundation of innocent until proven guilty, yet media sources are allowed to publicly pre-judge and become the jury, destroying someones reputation before any court of law has come into play. A person may eventually be proven innocent, yet already bankrupted and reputationally destroyed because of these agenda-laden forces.

Famous figures are photographed and made the object of public display over where they ate lunch and who they ate it with. That can lead to world-wide broadcasting of their lunch with biased speculation as to whether they are having an affair with the person they had lunch with—regardless of gender.

People who constantly subject themselves to taking in this kind of information will find themselves thinking and talking about things they really shouldn't care about. Do you really care about who Katy Perry or Justin Beiber were out partying with last night? (If you do, you have some serious praying and Bible reading to do.) Does what these people do daily, really add anything to your life? Is it truly any of your business? Can you believe you are even thinking about it? Maybe even talking about it? Do you really care?

Here is a better question. Do the sources of information that are trying to sway you to a particular belief or view hold your moral values and love for God? Does their opinion on behavioral boundaries and lifestyle match those that Jesus and the Bible teach us? If not, why let them influence or even touch your thinking? Why let them have any input into your life?

In Ephesians 4, the Apostle Paul teaches that God’s goal for those that mentor Christians in ministry, is to help Christians grow up and mature becoming productive members of the body of Christ. Christians are to learn how to reach, teach, and touch others with the love of God. God has given us His Word that we should grow up in spiritual maturity and become productive members of the body of Christ reflecting His love.

Verses 14-15 say, “Then we will no longer be like children, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ who is the head of his body, the church. “

Media will teach us that sex before marriage is okay. That making fun of the President or those in authority are okay.—and now even the right thing to do! They'll teach that homosexuality is just an alternative lifestyle. That abortion isn’t the taking of a life. That defending your country against terrorists is an act of aggression. The media will desensitize us to crime and murder and senseless violence. It will make even the most profane words a normal part of communication. Does God agree with all this? When the world of opinions fly, people get discouraged and think, There is no truthit’s all a matter of perspective and opinion. When someone comes to that conclusion, Satan has won and that person has become deceived! The the stark difference of right from wrong and good from evil becomes blurred. There are no more absolutes. That leads to this conclusion. People can do whatever they want as long as it doesn’t affect anyone else. The problem with that thinking is that's wrong! Whether you realize it or not, everything we do, in some way affects others—always and eventually!

So what do you think? Do we let the worldly media sources lead our lives or do we let God become the anchor of our thoughts and lives so we aren’t tossed to and fro like children. God wants to be the anchor of our soul and the primary input of counsel and discernment for what we think about and how we make decisions.

Ephesians 4:17-31 NLT says, “With the Lord's authority I say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against Him. They don't care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed. But that isn't what you were taught when you learned about Christ. Since you have heard all about Him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God's likeness—righteous, holy, and true…”

World views, morals, and beliefs shift with the wind. Stop being a part of ignorant conversation that has nothing to do with real life and that distracts you from becoming that mature Christian purposing to be a touch of God in the lives around you! Don’t you be tossed to and fro. The degrading moral values of culture are not supposed to change Christianity. Christianity is to restrain culture from ideals contrary to God's ways! Make God’s Word the anchor for all you think and believe, and for how you communicate and live. It's your calling in Christ! He never changes, nor should you!

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Special Letter from Pastor Tim & Renee Burt

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Fresh Manna Readers,

I wanted to write a note to you from our heart, updating you about our lives, our work, desires, and vision. I pray you’ll keep reading and allow me the time to share a few things with you.

This year, Renee and I entered a new season of life. On May 31, 2017, we resigned from our jobs at church, after serving and pastoring there for 33 years. We watched the church grow from about 600 people when we first came there in 1984, to about 10,000 people when we stepped down. In my role as an Associate Pastor, and Renee’s role as a Pastor, we poured everything we were and had to give into the congregation. We loved our church family and always will. But about four years ago, the Lord began to speak to my heart about the importance of preparing for transition. I obeyed the Lord and began working on a five-year plan to raise up leadership to take over everything I was doing. Although five years was the plan, everyone was truly ready in four years.

About that time, our desire to reach out on the mission field also began to grow. When I started writing Fresh Manna 17 years ago, it was simply an act of obedience. I had been running marathons at that time and often ran two hours each day as a part of my daily routine. One morning, the Lord spoke to my heart on one of those runs about spending time writing down insights He was ministering to me, so I wouldn’t forget them. That soon turned into trading my 2 hours of running for 2 hours of writing. Fast forward: that turned into my Fresh Manna website, which after 17 years has now been read in 216 countries (195 official countries and 21 unofficial countries.) God also used my son-in-law, Daniel, who is a pastor and missionary in Peru, to exhort me to learn how to use Twitter. He fully believed it would one day help me reach people all around the world. Today that is a reality.

Almost every day, through Twitter and Fresh Manna, I’m reaching between 3 to 6 million people. Seeing the fruit of these efforts continually grow, played into Renee’s and my decision to transition out of our jobs at church, and to redirect our efforts full-time into Tim & Renee Burt ministries. We’re confident it was God’s perfect timing. We’ve been speaking at conferences, churches, on the mission field, and online through Fresh Manna ever since. And it’s also allowed to catch up with our children and grandchildren who live in Minnesota, Texas, California, and Peru.

For the first 16 years that I wrote Fresh Manna, I never asked for one penny from our readers for anything I did. It was my way of reaching outside of the four walls of the church to be a blessing. Every year, there were always some who asked if they could send money, and I would try to discourage it. Finally in 2016, I felt peace to put a donate button on our website, but to say very little about it. I didn’t want to discourage one person from reading, for fear I was after their money. Renee and I funded most of everything ourselves (with the exception of one graciously kind person, Wayne, who sent money despite our discouragement to do so).

Since June 1, we no longer receive a paycheck, and yet, we’re expanding our efforts in all that we do. Our mission field reach has extended from Peru, to small beginnings in India and Africa. We’re trying to follow the Lord’s leading the best we know how. And that brings me to the point of this letter beyond the update. If Fresh Manna has been a blessing to you, would you consider sending a one-time gift of $5, or consider us in your end-of-the-year giving. If you’ve had days when Fresh Manna has taught, encouraged, inspired, and blessed you, then you might consider sowing into our work, so that it can continue to reach and help other also. Our donate button leads to Paypal. The reason we like and use Paypal is because they discount their rates for non-profits and have excellent recordkeeping which greatly helps us minimize administrate work. Paypal allows you to use credit cards and is very easy to use, even giving you a continuing monthly giving option. Enough said…whether you give or not, please know that we’ll be here to minister to you each week, to pray for you daily, and to ask you to pray for us as we can continue to reach the world with the gospel and the touch of the love of Jesus in all we put our hand to.

Mark 16:15 Jesus said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim and Renee Burt

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Friday, November 17, 2017

When a Miracle Is About to Happen

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I want you to read these verses and imagine you are the person in this story that Jesus is talking to and has asked to take center stage.

Mark 3:1 NLT,  1. Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. 2 Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.

3 Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” 4 Then he turned to his critics and asked, “Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”But they wouldn’t answer him.

5 He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! 6 At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus.


Did you notice that Jesus was aware of the many attitudes in the room? Did you notice that were overwhelmed with reasons why Jesus shouldn't heal this man? Do you notice that few cared or had compassion about this man's health and the life it created because of it. Truly, the watcher's minds were simply filled with a lot of selfish and hardened attitudes that blinded them from seeing that God was in their midst and about to do a miracle out of His love and compassion for him. Because Jesus knew their thoughts and attitudes and the hardness of their hearts, He also knew they were blinded from knowing that the miraculous presence of God was in their midst.

There are so many people who need miracles today. They are available. The intensity and magnitude of God's love has never changed. God wants to be intimately involved in our life and free us from Satan's touch upon this earth. But, these demonic, blinding attitudes are as abundant today as they were in that room with Jesus. They rage accusing anyone who would believe such nonsense as a lunatic. And the fear that produces stops people from seeing the loving God they could otherwise intimately know and experience. Their fears speak saying, If I give my life wholeheartedly to Jesus, will people think I'm a flake? A Jesus freak? If I read my Bible and it changes me, will people love me anymore or think I'm weird? If I believe in miracles and pray asking Jesus to answer my prayers and help me, will people think I'm ready for the loony-bin? If I stand in one of those Bible-thumping churches with my hands raised praising God, will I be marked and discarded as one of those lunatics? The answer is: By some people, you absolutely will! There are people who will reject you and write you off. Nothing has changed since Jesus was in the room with that man.

If you look around or watch the media, you can see the hostility for Christianity that exists today. The thoughts and reasoning behind this hostility is as confused, blinded and angry as it was in this room with Jesus amongst these hardened and blinded religious leaders and this man who so desperately needed a touch of God's love. Despite it all, Jesus healed this man! And some wanted to plot to kill Jesus for it? Why? Why did they?
There are many reasons why and all of them wrong and evil. But, the force and influence of such a hostile attitude by those around us that still think this way, influence people to stay away from Jesus.

Can you set all your fears and confusion aside and simply embrace Jesus for the loving, compassionate God He is? Can you forget everyone else? Will you ask Him to be the Lord of your life? Will you elevate who you know He is and put your faith and trust in Him? If you will, you'll begin to experience the intimate relationship He has always wanted to have with you. And I promise... miracles in your life—big and small will happen!

John 20:29 (NIV) "Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Whose Voice Am I Hearing? God's or the devil's?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One night I woke up in the middle of the night from having to go to the bathroom. I had just awakened from a crazy dream I'm sure was caused by eating pizza before going to bed. (Sorry, I do know better!) As I got up to go to the bathroom, I heard this thought that almost sounded like an audible voice in my head. Tomorrow, you are going to be a basket-case from a lack of good sleep. You'll be wiped out all day long!  I rebuked that thought immediately! Years ago as a younger Christian, I might have repeated those words out loud and expected to have that lousy day. I learned that the words we speak, give life to the thoughts Satan tempts us to believe. I knew the thought wasn't from God because He never speaks to me about having a lousy day. He leads me to trust in His grace whenever I have a short night sleep.

It's as important to know Satan's voice as it is God's. If you don't, you'll confuse the two! How could that be? It can be because it's not the sound of the voice, it's the content of what the voice speaks. First of all, in case you haven't thought about it, voices within our head sound like our own. The voices in your head sound like you! The devil does not have a body. The devil doesn’t have a voice. He can’t read my mind. He can only watch what I do, what I say, and how I respond and act to situations and circumstances. From what he learns, he works to plant thoughts and temptations. This is why the Bibles says that we shouldn't be ignorant of the devil's devices (strategies.) He can quote scripture and try to pervert it's meaning. That is what he did with Adam and Eve in the garden. He doesn’t have a voice. The only voice he has is what we hear in our mind and repeat out our mouths. He brings lies, temptations, and evil imaginations to our minds to confuse, discourage and accuse us. If we believe and repeat them, then he has succeeded. Speaking them gives them life. We shouldn't speak or repeat his lies. It's perfectly right to agree with the encouragement, exhortation, and direction God gives us. That is what we should speak!

The Holy Spirit will help you in times like this. God gives you authority and power over Satan’s lies and you need to use it! We must learn to cast down thoughts and imaginations that are contrary to His Word. That is what 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 teaches us saying, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."  God is telling us that our mind is not the devil's playground. It's a gift from God that belongs to you. Satan has no right to tempt us and  has no dominion over our minds. If he starts spewing his nonsense, cast it down and out of your life in Jesus name! How do you do that you ask? Let me ask you; if you had just put in a beautiful new white kitchen floor and accidentally left the back door open and a muddy pig walked into your kitchen, how would you respond? Seriously, how would you respond? You'd grab a broom or something and be yelling and chasing that pig out the door. Now you know how to chase out the devil! 

As I was coming back from the bathroom, I realized that Renee wasn't in bed. She was in the kitchen with her laptop studying her Bible.. I was surprised to see her up. I looked at her and she knew what I was thinking. She said, I fell asleep but had a restless sleep. I kept waking up from a repeating nightmare. I dreamed that I as I was about to get up and teach my women's group, I wasn’t prepared. I didn't have anything to say. And then I dreamed that as I spoke, I sounded stupid and the day was a disaster.” She laughed as she told me. I could see she was tired.

At that moment I put my hands gently on her face and began to pray the peace of God that passes understanding over her. I prayed for abundant grace, for clarity of her thoughts and teaching, and supernatural strength to make the day not only a joy, but the best day ever!”

Renee and I have learned to laugh in the devil’s face when he tries to get in our head. Everyone experiences times like this. Sadly, not everyone knows how to discern the voice of the enemy and rebuke it. They think they are the victim of whatever travels through their mind and that they just have to put up with those kinds of thoughts. Then the devil comes along and says they are true.

As a believer in Jesus, you have the promise of His love and His voice (the Holy Spirit) to guide your thoughts and heart. Psalms 37:4 (NLT) says, "Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires." We also can partake of God's mind.  “...But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ." 1 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT)

God is the ultimate Father and He is not like a natural father. He won’t lose His temper and throw accusations at you. Jesus described Himself as the good shepherd. God promises to help you and lead you. Don't get hung up over the voice. Pay attention to the content of the voice. Then you can discern who is speaking. Even if God were to correct you from disobedience, He is tender and not out to condemn you which may make you run from Him. He is trying to show you the magnitude of His love by sending Jesus to die for your sins, and the right way to live and the blessing that comes from living right through the instruction of His Word.

The next time Satan brings weird thoughts to your mind, presenting them as truth, stop and discern them. Whose voice is behind them? Are they encouraging words of God or are they the accusing, discouraging, accusing words of the enemy tempting you to expect the worst. Praise God and agree with what is from God and cast down what comes from the devil! Learning to discern God's voice is key to learning to see the depth of His love working in your everyday life!

John 10:3-4 & 11 “… He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out…His sheep follow Him because they know His voice...I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What God Says You Should Not Neglect!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Not far from my home is a house that used to be owned by a couple whom were tremendous gardeners. I heard that he worked for a nursery and it was obvious that he and his wife knew what they were doing from the constant display of beautiful flowers blooming each season. I'd pass their house often when I was on one of my long runs or walks.

Anyway, they moved. I didn't know they had until I noticed something different about their house. The flower gardens were full of weeds. I saw a neighbor and asked if the same people lived there and if they were all right. He told me that they had moved and he had new neighbors. They were not gardeners and neglected the gardens because they simply weren't interested, nor knew what to do. Each year that went by, the garden looked worse and worse until the weeds overtook and killed most of it. It was so sad. If a picture could ever be painted of neglect and it's outcome, this was the picture!

God has something to say about neglect. He says we shouldn't neglect reading His word. It helps us come to know His will, character, and voice to our heart. He also says we shouldn't  neglect gathering together in the church, as the church. This is where as the body of Christ, we learn together, become community together, and strengthen each other's as we reach the world with the love of Jesus. God says we shouldn't neglect wise counsel to protect us from our own prideful thinking or stubborn ways. He says we shouldn't neglect the spiritual gifts—those talents and abilities within us to touch others with His love. His word teaches us that we shouldn't neglect godly relationships and friendships, knowing that they are a part of His plan to become voices and examples to keep us in check and anchored in living a life for Him. And He with great warning we shouldn't neglect our salvation—ridding our lives of sinful ways and staying in intimate relationship with purpose-filled lives for Him. He says don’t neglect it because if you do, how will you escape the life and its consequences you were heading toward before Jesus rescued you?

Hebrews 2:3 (The Message Bible) says, "It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we've heard so that we don't drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation?"

What does neglect look like? Like the picture I painted of the beautiful garden—something beautiful, neglected, taken over by weeds, and almost dying. That’s what neglect does. Our relationship with Jesus could be a beautiful and wonderful relationship but neglect can make it feel dead. Significant relationships can suffer. Your life can start to look like an overgrown weed patch where the beauty is overtaken by the weeds. Neglect comes from the family of lazy, procrastination, and indifference.

The story of Nehemiah is a story of neglect turned to passion. Jerusalem had been torn down and neglected. No one did anything about it until God moved on the heart of two men—Nehemiah and Ezra the priest. They new the neglect could not go on. They prayed for God's help. God miraculously enabled them. They drew others into their zeal knowing it was the will of God, and they fought passionately for what they new God wanted. Those two men's prayers and passion led to the stirring of others. They miraculously by God's help, rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem and reestablished the city, temple worship, and the home of the Jews and all in record time despite every tactic of the devil thrown at them to give up. They then made a pledge to God saying, "The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and oil to the storerooms where the articles for the sanctuary are kept and where the ministering priests, the gatekeepers and the singers stay. "We will not neglect the house of our God." (Nehemiah 10:39 (NIV))

Is there neglected areas in your life? Areas that need attention and that God has pointed out to you more than once? If so, what's the solution? It's simple. Passionately embrace and love that which you know in your heart is important and good. Meditate on it. Think about why it's good and important and how by loving it and tending to it will affect you and others. Let that grow in your heart. Before long you'll find the desire to take action bubbling up in you. Let your first action be to pray and seek God for His grace (His supernatural help) needed to succeed. That grace will show up in two ways. First, your desire to take action will become action! You'll be on your way. Neglect will be replaced by action! And secondly, His grace will help supply what you need and strengthen you to stick with it in the face of adversity. That was Nehemiah's story and it can be yours. The grace of God will lead you to action and dismantle neglect. That in turn will result in a new level of joy and thanksgiving to your life that is almost indescribable and will touch others around you! (Whether those people knew it or not, I loved their garden! It inspired me!)

How can we neglect something significant and think it won't make a difference? Only deception produces that kind of thinking. Know what’s right to do so ask God to strengthen you in your inner man to do it.  Then stop neglecting and begin to show passion toward doing that which is good! Make beautiful gardens of the things God deems important to your life. God will help you every step of the way! It’s His will and your future joy!

Matthew 23:23 (NLT) “... do not neglect the more important things."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Stand Strong When Persecuted For Loving Jesus!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As Christians, we are agents of God's love. We are given the assignment to shine for Him. 2 Corinthians 5:18 NLT says, “All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to Himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the ministry of reconciliation - the task of reconciling people to Himself.”

When a person becomes a new believer in Christ, something supernatural happens. Their eyes are spiritually open and because of the Holy Spirit who comes to live within them upon receiving Jesus, they begin to see the world and life through God's eyes for their very first time.  Jesus called this being born again. In John 3:3 (NIV)  Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." 

When you begin to share Jesus with others who are not yet believers, their eyes have not yet been opened by the Holy Spirit. This means that what you share with them may be accepted or it may be rejected to some degree by their mental understanding. If they accept and ask Jesus into their heart, then the Holy Spirit will open their spiritual eyes. If they keep up a wall and reject what they hear, their mind will reject what you have shared and the eyes of their spiritual understanding will remain blinded. This is why Jesus would continually say, “If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.” And to those who would accept Him, “But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.” (Mark 4:23 & Matthew 13:16)

We are given the joy of sharing  the love of Jesus but it won’t always feel like a joy. Sometimes we will share and people will listen and receive every word we say. Sometimes people will write you off as a kook. The Apostle Paul said it like this, 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 (NLT) "Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?" 

It is the most wonderful feeling in the world when you lead someone to Christ. It can also hurt terribly when someone rejects you—especially when it's someone you care about. But as Jesus said, they aren't rejecting you. They are rejecting Him. So, don’t take it as a personal rejection, and always remember that it’s not over till it’s over.

The Apostle Paul was delivering Christians to prison when the Lord got a hold of Him. When Paul received Jesus he did a complete 180 degree turn and became one of the greatest soul winners in the history of mankind. The very person who rejects you today, may mull over what you said and have a change of heart another day. This is our prayer for all whom attempt to reach with the love of Jesus!

The reason I am writing this today is to say that the persecution you may experience for living a passionate Christian walk and sharing your faith, is a sign that you are having an impact for the Lord. Know one wants to purposely draw persecution, yet when you do share Jesus’ love in the multitude of ways that you can and are led to, persecution will come. The devil will find ways to try to stop or discourage you. Your family may reject you. Your boss may threaten you. Your friends may look at you as someone who has become a religious nut! That hurts, but, if they do accept Jesus, you have been used of God to help save their soul and it will have been so worth it!

Persecution will come when you live your life passionately for the Lord. Sometimes people may hate you just because of what you represent. Your love and godly lifestyle may make them feel guilty. Some people may attack you because they have a hard heart and are evil. They may lie and find ways to come against you. When this happens, Pray 2 Thessalonians. 3:2 (NLT)  which says, (NLT) “Pray first that the Lord's message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. Pray, too, that we will be saved from wicked and evil people, for not everyone believes in the Lord. But the Lord is faithful; he will make you strong and guard you from the evil one.”

Persecution is a part of this life when you live strong for the Lord, but, do so with a right heart and it carries an eternal reward that will bless you forever! 


Matthew 5:10 & 12 (NLT) "God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs...Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 10, 2017

I am Pastor Tim Burt, This is My Salvation Story

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by Pastor Tim Burt


"At the age of 23 years old, I became a flight attendant for a major airline. It was a job I absolutely loved for 13 years. I loved serving people, constantly meeting new people, and having the opportunity to travel all over the world. But as much as I loved this season of life, it was a difficult time for me spiritually. I had drifted away from the Lord around the age of 18, questioning my faith because I had too many questions I could not answer" - Tim Burt 

My name is Tim Burt. I’ve been married for 39 years to my wife, Renee, and we have four married children and seven beautiful grandchildren. We’ve pastored together in a church for the past 35 years; however, we recently resigned in May to have more time to pursue sharing the Lord in a variety of ways through our ministry, Tim and Renee Burt Ministries. We both felt God leading us to take a brave step into this next season of life, and we’re very excited to reach as many people around the world as possible.

I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was one of 10 children, and I grew up in the most wonderful family imaginable...

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Quit Falling Off This Cliff!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I was recently reading from God's word and then specifically meditating on James 3:16 KJV and its powerful words about strifeStrife is described in James as devilish or emanating from him.

I was thinking about how much this verse has changed my life. It says, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” Strife—usually speaking of those that are divided in anger over something, is something we see in the world around us at all times. Every time you turn on the news, someone is blaming someone else for the worlds problems. It all leads to strife. I recently watched a husband and wife go at it, playing the blame game for problems they were experiencing. It's heart-breaking to see  on any level. Deep down, I know people hate strife and don't want to see it overtake the world—or their world. God's word tells us that strife is the gate to the devil's playground. The revelation of that truth from this verse changed my life!

Again this verse says, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work."

This is a mind-blowing, earth-shaking revelation. Strife creates confusion. Confusion is a like being suddenly blinded or at the least, left with the inability to see clearly. Confusion hinders you from being able to think straight. When you're in strife, your mind seems to get locked on replay—replaying conflicts in your head over and over again. This verse reveals that strife not only creates confusion but it also brings one into the presence of “every evil work.” Think about that! Think about all the types of evil there are and this says "every evil work." That is where strife leads!

Have you ever watched a video or seen a picture of an atomic bomb going off? It grows like a giant mushroom cloud. That' reminds me of what strife is like. It leads to replayed thoughts of the conflict you're in, that grows like a mushroom cloud, create confusion, and lead to evil thoughts toward the person you are in strife with. Those thoughts lead to worse thoughts that take you to the cliff of bad thoughts —"every evil work," and sometimes evil behaviors to follow.

In the early days of my young marriage with Renee, we would get into strife far too often. We were both young, prideful, and slow to adapt to each other's needs. We wanted to prove to each other that we knew what we were talking about, and we knew what we were doing. At times like this we’d end up in strife. When we did end up in a fight—usually over something pathetically stupid, my thoughts would become angrier and angrier. I had never thought of it as being confused, but that is what the Bible called its outcome. I would find myself rehashing things in my mind. The more I rehashed them, the bigger and worse the conflict seemed—like that image of a mushroom cloud growing. It would lead me to thoughts that were out of character and suddenly, I’d think, How could I be thinking like this? The answer to that was in the scripture—James 3:16. “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” Strife unbridled would lead me to thoughts of every evil work. And then I'd feel greatly convicted by the Holy Spirit. This was scary to me and drove me to my knees in repentance to God and in apology to Renee.

God taught me to take a stand at times like this. He’d say, Tim, your mind is not the devil’s playground. I have given it to you to think on things that are from my heartthoughts that are good and pure and righteous. When these evil thoughts come, take them captive. See them as destructive as a wild animal running through your house. You'd stop that from happening and that is what I want you to do with these ungodly thoughts. Cast those thoughts! Rebuke and kick the devil out of your thought-life in Jesus name right now! Then He’d say, Are you always right or do you just want to be? I’d feel humbled hearing Him ask that because I knew the answer was obvious. Then He’d remind me of James 3:17 NKJ that says, “But the wisdom that comes from Heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace-loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others.” 

Strife is deadly and destructive. If you let it have free rein in your life, it will hurt and destroy elements of your life. It will bring confusion. It will introduce evil thoughts that are outside of your character and outside of how God wants you to think and act. It is something that Renee and I worked to eliminate from our marriage and personal life as much as possible. That was years ago. Our lives evolved from nightmare fights to literally no fights at all. One day the Lord spoke to my heart and said, Take the log out of the fire. Where there's no wood, the fire goes out. I remembered reading that in Proverbs 26:20-21. The Lord said, It takes two to fight. Refuse to fight. In those times, sit down and listen to her. Then work it out appropriately and humbly.  That changed our lives forever! We have a beautiful marriage because of God's wisdom working in it.

It takes time to learn how to have godly strife-free relationships and eventually thrive in them. Character doesn't change easily but God calls for us to make the effort. It is absolutely worth the effort and ushers in such great rewards!  Let strife ring the alarm bell that you are going down a dangerous path with a cliff ahead that you can fall off of. When that alarm goes off, take the log off the fire. Allow humility to calm you down so that you can work toward the wisdom from Heaven that is pure, peace loving, gentle and willing to yield to others. Allow humility to help you hear others instead of fighting for your way. Do this instead of launching mindless, hurtful nuclear words born from pride that creates devilish strife. Over time, you will learn and get stronger in communicating in a way that bears so much more fruit and avoids creating atmospheres of every evil work. It leads to a beautiful and rich life!

Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT) "Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

A Great Trigger for Spiritual Maturity

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by Pastor Tim Burt



Climbing mounting Mt. Everest. Going through a divorce. Surviving cancer. Losing a child to death. Growing old. Though none of these compare in the nature of their experience, what they have in common is that they are all extremely difficult to endure. People often converse about the difficult things they have gone through in life. There is one that people would never add to this list and yet in my opinion and experience, may be the most difficult of all! And please, as I reveal what this is, do not get defensive or self-righteous and deny it.

Most people fail at it. If I tell you what I believe the most difficult thing for people to learn and do is. You might laugh or think I'm crazy but I’ll take the risk. It’s to learn to tell the truth all the time. You may initially think, I always tell the truth. I'm sorry but that probably isn't true. Most people don't. Pay close attention to everything that comes out your mouth for one day and you may agree that I’m right.

Most people are afraid to tell the truth. Some for obvious reasons they fear the consequences if people find out the truth of their thoughts or actions. But even beyond that there is a whole lot of lying going on. People shade the truth constantly. They are afraid to tell the truth about what they mean, feel, or think, and in most cases it's because they're afraid of how the person they lie to would respond if they told the truth. A person that's offended at another person will often dance around the truth about things that are bothering them. But then they'll go tell the truth of how they feel to the rest of the world.

People lie to better their position. People lie to impress others. People lie to protect the feelings of others. People lie because they don't know how to say what they feel. People lie because it short-cuts the process of having to explain their actions. People like because they are afraid to lovingly confront the person they are having a problem with. They don't know how it will turn out and are afraid of the outcome, or they just don't want to put up with the hassle of conflict by telling the truth. Because people don’t want to tell the truth for fear of conflict, they leave many things unresolved. Unresolved conflicts almost always lead to bitterness setting in, repeat eruptions of the same conflicts later, and much behind-the-back slander and gossip. Think I'm wrong? Just pay attention to your mouth for a while and see for yourself.
Over the course of 35 years of ministry, I had the blessing of working with a man who was very straightforward in expressing what He was thinking. When I would converse with him, I wasn't wondering what he really meant when we finished. He'd be honest and truthful. He'd say what he meant but do so appropriately, and in a spirit of love. I had an extreme appreciation for that because I always knew where I stood with him. On the same token, because he was honest, some of the things he has said over the years, had taken the form of correction in my life. Sometimes the truth hurts. That's okay though because I knew he loved me and had my best interest at heart. Proverbs 15:32 (NLT) says, "If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding."

I've learned that even though truth may be painful to give or to hear, both help me to grow. Lies to protect others or to protect my feelings from being hurt, hide the things we need to know and grow in. His example has been powerful to me and has helped me to have a much greater appreciation for being consistently truthful.

There are many things the Lord says to me. He always speaks truth to me in love. I know His voice because it’s gentle yet straight forward. People often say they have a hard time telling the difference between God’s voice and the devil’s. First of all, God speaks to your spirit. It may be firm. It will always be honest. It will always line up with the Word of God, but it will never be cruel or mean, or accusing or condemning. The devil speaks only to your mind. He can’t read your mind. He just watches what you say and do and responds with words of accusation, condemnation, guilt, hurt and worse. What he says makes you want to give up. What God says makes you want to try harder, experience more of His love, and draw closer to Him.

That then becomes one of the keys in learning to tell the truth and speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15 (NLT) says, that a sign that you are maturing in Christ is that you learn to speak the truth in love. "... we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ..." Don’t sound like the devil and accuse, condemn, or discourage others. Work to speak truth in love. Even then some people won’t always listen. They didn’t always listen to Jesus. They won’t always listen to you. But, make sure you aren’t using truth as an excuse to be rude or just tell it is! And please don't give me the I’m just a blunt person and tell it like it is! If you just say whatever is on your mind without any appropriateness, you're just a rude person and haven’t learned to speak the truth in love.  If you can’t keep your emotions in check, you’ll never become one that learns to speak truth in conflict. If you continuously provoke the one you are talking to and to listen to what they have to say, again you will never learn to succeed and value being truthful. Think about the person you are dealing with. Try to put yourself in their shoes. Try to understand their perspective. Then try to help them understand yours. Be calm. Be patient. Try to pick a good time–not a hallway meeting and not in the middle of an inflamed conflict.

Learning not to lie but instead tell the truth is one of the most difficult challenges people face. And as I said, people fail repeatedly! If you were to take the challenge today of making every word you speak, kind, honest, and truthful, you’d feel this challenge. Without the help of the Holy Spirit, we could never accomplish this. When we learn to speak the truth in love with someone's best interest at heart; it will help us to grow up and mature in Christ. There may be nothing harder, but there will also be nothing more valuable in the big picture!

James 3:2 (NLT) "Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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