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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Faith in God's Promises is Life-Changing!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever hear the words Do you promise? Yes I promise. Promises are made daily and universally.  What is a promise?

One dictionary says, Promise: A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow: an assurance creating an expectation.   Of courses you're familiar with this word. Do you or have you used it often? More importantly, have you kept the promises or assurances given to those you've made them to?

Husbands and wives promise to keep their love for their spouses. Companies promise Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back! Dads and moms promise If you behave, we’ll take you out for a special treat. Have you ever heard of a politician that hasn’t made promises? How often have you heard the question, Do you promise not to tell anyone else? Jonathan Swift is quoted as saying, Promises and pie-crusts were made to be broken.

Maybe broken promises seem to be the way of man. Maybe that is why people have so little faith in them. It seems as though modern day promises are just words that create a little higher expectation but listened to by those with guarded hearts from having experienced to many broken promises. Broken promises may be the way of far too many people but they are not the way of God.

When we read in the Bible of God speaking, one Hebrew word used is dabar. It carries the meaning to speak, to declare. When the Bible says that God promised, this is often the word used. In other words, God’s Word is always a promise. He does not lie. He is incapable of lying and what He says IS what He promises and it will come to pass. Learn this and put your faith in this truth concerning His Word, and it will change your life!

Now can you imagine having a face-to-face encounter with Almighty God Himself? This did occasionally happen between God and those He was establishing a promise to. Sometimes He would appear in a dream as He did to Jacob. We read about it in Genesis 28:10-15 (NLT.)

“Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone for a pillow and lay down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from earth to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down on it. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, "I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I will give it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will cover the land from east to west and from north to south. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What's more, I will be with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. I will someday bring you safely back to this land. I will be with you constantly until I have finished giving you everything I have promised." 

This promise to Jacob was first made to his grandfather Abraham. It was to be to Abraham and his descendants. It was carried to Abraham's son Isaac and then to Isaac’s son Jacob. God here said here that it would carry on to Jacob’s descendants—in other words all the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. How would you feel if He called your name? How would you feel if you heard that? Would it be life changing? Would you treat it like any other promise that you’ve ever heard and take with a grain of salt, or would you esteem it and put all your faith in it? Would it change your confidence and how you approach your day-to-day experience?

The promise made to Abraham and then Jacob and then to all his future descendants was a promise to be received by faith. The promise was not just to descendants by blood lineage but by faith – to those who would believe and take God at His Word. It’s reaching through the portals of time to you now. Galatians 3:26-29 reveals this saying; “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus… There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. “

This is saying that what God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be ours by faith today. And again, what was that promise? Well a part of it was this: “What's more, I will be with you, and I will protect you wherever you go….I will be with you constantly until I have finished giving you everything I have promised." (Genesis 28:15) 

As you go about your day today, meditate on God being with you, protecting you, and working toward fulfilling all His promises made to you through His Word. Exercise your faith and actively believe them! Speak them over you! Declare them over yourself! We are exhorted to do this very thing in Hebrews 6:12. “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Satan will always try to oppose them and talk you out of them but your faith can and will overcome any opposition if you don’t let go.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV) "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Be Aware Of or Lose These Precious Gifts From God

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by Pastor Tim Burt



There is a common occurrence in life that most adults are aware of. It’s an experience most have been guilty of. That experience happened when they passed through a season of their life—the teenage through young adulthood years. That was the period where their parents began to grow unintelligent and out of touch with reality while they become brilliantly wise about all aspects of life. Do you remember those years? Do you remember what you were like?

It was amazing how when I got married and began to have children, my parents suddenly had this transformation and became wonderfully smart and wise again! Yeah right! The truth is, I'm embarrassed for those years of depreciating my parent’s wisdom while exalting my own. For me, the thing that most snapped me out of this delusional stage was having children. It was at that point that I began to grow in my understanding and appreciation for what love and responsibility was truly all about. It was at that time that my love and appreciation for all that my parents sacrificed for me, and all they put up with concerning me, began to skyrocket.

Do you think this is the only season of life this happens? It’s not. It's called familiarity and it breeds contempt instead of appreciation and honor for those who have loved and helped us. If we don’t understand and guard against it, we will make the mistake of under-appreciating those that we should appreciate and honor again and again.

Jesus begins to help us see how this could happen again through His words in Luke 4:24 NIV. “I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.” Jesus spoke two very key words that deserve your full attention. First He said, “I tell you the truth…” When Jesus says something is the truth, He is not saying it lightly because everything He says is truth. He is saying this is an absolute truth you must take seriously—you can take it to the bank—no ands, ifs, or buts. Secondly, He said the word “no” as in “no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.” The word no means just what you think no means. It means none—no exception.

He is saying that without exception, there is this experience of familiarity—knowing someone so well and for so long, that at some point the experience of depreciating respect and appreciation for those who have had a profound influence in your life, happens! There are those—parents, siblings, bosses, co-workers etc.—who you've become familiar with (or overly used to) who've helped you but to some degree, you've lost respect and appreciation for. And let me say this one more time. It happens without exception.

Jesus was speaking of Himself but also of an experience of life. Jesus grew up in his own hometown and community and those that grew up with him knew him well. He was a carpenter’s son. He was the son of Joseph and Mary. They’d known him all his life. They knew his strengths, and their perspective of his weaknesses. How could he suddenly proclaim himself to be the son of God? He became the prophet in his own home town and because they knew him so well, they couldn’t see him in this new light.

This can happen anywhere. We know children can become so familiar with their parents, that they lose the ability to appreciate their parent’s wisdom and experience.  Employees can become so familiar with their boss that they begin to depreciate the wisdom their boss has. They lose sight that their boss or company owner may have worked hard to get where they are and still have great wisdom to learn from.

Husbands and wives can become so familiar with each other and with each other’s faults and weaknesses that they become blinded to the wonderful things that attracted each other to begin with.

Friends can become so familiar with each other that they take each other for granted and at some point, begin to see too much of the ‘less that great attributes,’ losing sight of their good attributes. We see this in Job 19:14 (NKJV) "My relatives have failed, And my close friends have forgotten me." And in Psalm 41:9 NLT “Even my own familiar friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me.”

People can even become familiar with God—so much so, that He becomes just another figure in their life and not the one they respect and reverence as Almighty God!

Years ago I had these friends—a couple who both worked at the same company for a very long time. They had been there for many years and had become very familiar with the owner of the company. Over time, to them he had become someone who was at one time brilliant, but now making a lot of stupid decisions. In their minds, they had become smarter than him. They had exalted themselves and depreciated him. This led to their quitting to go live out their personal brilliance trying to replicate what he had built, only in their own way. A year later, they had discovered they weren’t so smart. They didn’t have all the answers. They couldn’t duplicate what they thought they had learned and known. They began to humble themselves and an amazing thing happened. As they did, they began to appreciate their former boss once again. They began to remember and reminisce about how smart he was. They eventually asked to meet with him and when they did, they told him the story of their own arrogance and how sorry they were. They asked if he’d hire them back. He did and their outlook was refreshed and renewed.

There are no perfect people out there. When you become familiar—when you start to know someone so well that you can see their faults and imperfections —you’ll either see more or you’ll work to look past them and focus on their strengths and wisdom and the good in them. You'll hold them in their place of honor. You’ll guard that and not let familiarity steal it. Philippians 2:3-4 says, “...Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.”

Whether it’s Almighty God, your parents, your boss, your spouse, your friend, or whoever it is that had an influence in the success of your life, work to remember and always see the good in them. Value their strengths remembering that you've benefited from them and there is more to learn. Honor them by overlooking their imperfections knowing you have your own. In doing so, you’ll keep something precious and valuable in your life. This is a precious lesson to learn.

Romans 13:7 (NIV) "Give everyone what you owe him... if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Can You Discern Between God and the Devil?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When something goes wrong in your life, you may have heard that thought creep in saying God brought this on me, or, God allowed this because of what I did. You may have had some well-meaning person or pastor say that God allows bad things to happen to teach us life-lessons. When Satan seduces you with these kinds of thoughts, it's because his nature is evil and it's what he does! We are supposed to know the difference between his lying evils from the depth of God's goodness. Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." 

If Satan is anything, he is a liar. He is an accuser. He is a deceiver. His goal is always to deceive you into thinking God is mad at you, against you, and doing things to hurt you. Let me show you this truth through scripture. Jesus while speaking of Satan says, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Satan has a plan. It is to deceive as much of mankind concerning God and God’s nature as possible. His ultimate goal? To eventually deceive mankind into waging war against God. Until the very end of the last days, Satan is and will work in the earth to accomplish this task. You might think, “How does he wage this war?” He does it in this way. First he promotes false religion—anything outside of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Secondly, he promotes deception causing strife and division—getting people to hate each other through politics racism, gossip—any possible way! Thirdly, he promotes a literal war against God. You may ask, “How can he promote a war against God whom we can’t see?” He will do that by promoting a war against Israel. A war against Israel is a war against God.

In the last days, he will work to turn many of the nations against Israel and entice them to war surrounding Israel to destroy her. This is in the works and is happening through Iran, terrorism, through the UN, and on college campuses with propaganda against Israel on a full-time scale even now! When this literal war happens—and it will, this is where Jesus will finally deal with Satan.

Satan will manifest himself through a person he literally possesses in human form that scripture calls “the beast” also known as the anti-Christ, and through one called “the false prophet.” They will be two human beings that Satan possesses and uses to draw the kings or world leaders into a war against Israel. When that happens, Jesus will literally come on a white horse with His angelic hosts of Heaven and His saints and He will defeat the beast and the false prophet—casting them and Satan into the lake of fire and the bottomless pit.
We read this in Revelation 19:11-20 (NLT) “Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. And the one sitting on the horse was named Faithful and True. For He judges fairly and then goes to war. His eyes were bright like flames of fire, and on His head were many crowns. A name was written on Him, and only He knew what it meant. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From His mouth came a sharp sword, and with it he struck down the nations. He ruled them with an iron rod, and He trod the winepress of the fierce wrath of almighty God. On His robe and thigh was written this title: King of kings and Lord of lords…Then I saw the beast gathering the kings of the earth and their armies in order to fight against the one sitting on the horse and His army. And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came out of the mouth of the one riding the white horse…”

Rev. 20:1-2 (NLT) “Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon—that old serpent, the Devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years…”


Okay. You are probably wondering, why did I tell you all this? I told you all this to amplify that Satan is a deceiver. He is the deceiver of the earth. He is against you. Jesus is the truth, the life, and the way. He is not just for you but abundantly for you. Don't let anyone tell you different! When something bad happens, Satan the deceiver will whisper, God is doing this to you because you blew it. It’s a lie. God loves you and is always working to draw you closer to Him and wants to help you in every area of your life. He wants to help you put your life on His course of blessing and not the world's course of sin and death. It takes our faith in this truth for that to happen. Jesus responds to faith!

Jesus already paid the price for your sin. It is His love that draws you. God’s will is to bless you. Your faith which draws His blessing will never be greater than your steadfast belief that God is for you! That is why it’s critical for you to know God is for you. It is in having that assurance of His love that leads you to run to Him and not from Him. That assurance destroys Satan’s lie that God has produced something bad in your life. When you believe in God’s unfailing love, then you will become one that believes and does this: Isaiah 63:7 “I will mention the loving kindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His loving-kindnesses” You will because you will experience it first hand!

When we blow it, God does want you to come and repent and turn from it, but He is for you—not lobbing trouble and hardship at you! Know this and run to Him. Ask Him to help you, instruct you, transform you, and bless you! That is His will for your life! Your belief in this is equal to your faith to receive it. So believe it!

John 10:10 (NKJV) "The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Let This Dog Remind You How

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by Pastor Tim Burt


If dogs can do it, why can’t we? Jesus was our model to live out our life being led by God’s Spirit as directed through prayer. Praying in faith according to God’s Word is the most powerful force in the earth. Maybe a dog can remind us of that!

Luke 18:1 "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and never grow weary."

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

So You Can See God & His Ways More Clearly

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A while back, I had a guy in my office who wanted to talk about his marriage. Actually his marriage was over. It was his third marriage that had failed. He said his wife wanted out! It didn't take long to see that he wasn't all that broken up over it. He actually talked about what a great guy and catch he was and if they couldn't figure that out, he was better off without them. For a while I questioned why he was in my office. He wasn't asking for advice.
He didn't seem depressed. Then I realized why he was there. He needed to justify why this was a good move and how stupid these women had been to let go of someone like him. I could tell he wanted some affirmation to that fact but it wasn't something he would get from me. I was contemplating telling him he was drowning in his own pride when the Lord brought Proverbs 23:9 (NLT) to mind which says, "Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice."

Pride is such an ugly thing. We all fight it at times. Even the person that has low self-esteem or a poor self-image will occasionally exhibit displays of pride. Why do people have high and lofty opinions of themselves? Is it because of how they look? If their appearance is pleasant to the eye, that’s a gift from God. God should be praised and thanksgiving should be felt—not pride. Is it because of their IQ? If they have great intelligence, that is a gift from God and they should be praising God with a heart of thanksgiving—not feeling pride. Is it because they have made wise decisions that have worked and born great fruit and success? Is it because their great abilities help them in their achievements? Abilities and wisdom are a gift from God. As James 1:17 (NLT) says, "Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens..." They should be thanking Him for it.

There are many successful people that think their success was self-achieved. There are others who are humble enough to look back and see it was God’s helping hand that brought them to a good place. Pride blinds one from seeing and understanding that God is the source of what is good in their life which in turn blinds them from glorifying and thanking God. Instead they glory in themself.

Pride elevates one to feelings and thoughts of a high or inordinate opinion of their own importance and achievement creating feelings of superiority over others. Pride is more blinding that physical blindness. Pride makes one foolish and unaware of its existence, repulsing most everyone in their life that is subject to it. Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace...”  This is why the Apostle Paul instructs us to beware in Romans 12:3 (NLT). "...I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us."

In James 4:6, we read, “...God opposes the proud but gives grace (His supernatural mercy, help, and intervention) to the humble." The key to true and sincere humility that opens the door to more and more grace from God is to be thankful to Him for every good thing in your life! It will change your outlook on everything. It will refresh your love for God. It will change your approach to everything in life. You will become one who glorifies God sincerely for the goodness He brings and you'll see His hand in your life in ways you never could!

Proverbs 3:34 (NIV) "He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Beauty of Godly Sorry That Brings Restoration

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was about 20 years old, I was working for a corporation that I really enjoyed working at. Within this corporation, they had a system that allowed you to move around and work various jobs within different departments. It was one of the best benefits of working for this company. If you got tired of working in one area and needed a change, you could look at some of the other jobs posted and the most senior person that bid for it was able to get it. Over my five years there, I think I worked in every department. I had fun getting to know people all over the company. I loved the experience of learning a diversity of jobs. The jobs carried different hours and schedules so you could change up your life. For me, it was a great place to work that broadened my work experience.

One day it was pointed out to me by management that I had a very positive quality I wasn’t even aware of. Whenever a new person came on staff or transferred into the department I was working in, they said I seemed to reach out and meet and greet them and help them get oriented to the area and their job. I didn’t think about it. It was just like breathing, something that felt appropriate to do.

The top boss was a man who had been promoted from within and someone I had worked closely with for over a year. He was about 25 years older than me and became like a big brother. We really enjoyed each other's friendship. I was thrilled when he was promoted. Unbeknownst to me, He and other managers had noticed how I worked with other employees and had wanted to move me into management. They felt I was great at working with people and had developed a very broad base of the workings of all the departments.

I had long hair at the time. Not super long but below my collar yet not resting on my shoulders. My friend who had become my boss knew that he was about to ask me to step into management but knew that I’d have to move beyond our friendship to respect his authority. He tested me knowing that if I couldn’t, it would never work out. He asked me to get a haircut cutting my hair above my shirt collar. I had no idea he was thinking about moving me into management. I said I would cut my hair but then didn’t. He asked me two weeks later and I said I would but I didn’t. This went on for a couple of months and it was starting to strain our relationship. He had the right to make me get a haircut but it was rarely enforced anywhere else and I couldn’t figure out why he was picking on me. It was souring our relationship but it was really my fault.

One day he gave me an ultimatum. Get the haircut within two days or be fired. I just couldn’t believe he was serious. I knew that I was well liked by all and that they valued my efforts on the job, so I ignored his request again. Two days later, he fired me. I was absolutely shocked. I couldn’t believe it nor could any one else there. I had to leave the premises and not come back. It sent me in a mental tailspin. I cried. I got mad. I cried more. And then I began to break. I began to look inside my heart and over the entire experience. I wasn’t a Christian at this time, but most people in any crisis end up talking to God whether they admit they believe in Him or not. I could see I had disrespected him amongst the employees with my defiance and attitude of indifference. I was truly sorry.

I went back to him to apologize (with my hair cut short) but it was too late in his eyes. I went to my regional manager who I knew really liked me. I sat down with him, confessed my sins, told him I was sincerely sorry and begged him to give me another chance and give me my job back. He intervened and did.

I sincerely apologized to my boss and let everyone else know my attitude had been wrong. A year later they offered me a transfer and huge promotion for a management job that would have made me the youngest person to ever hold that level of management and responsibility.

As a Christian, I look back on that experience and it reminds me of 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV). It says, "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”  

May people get stuck in the problems they've created because they will not look deep inside, examine their hearts, and own up to their faults. They pridefully defend their wrong actions. But for the person that does feel and show remorse, this is the beginning of what godly sorrow means. This is step one. But it can’t stop there. It must lead to repentance—not just trying to get out of trouble or past the problem. Repentance means coming to the recognition of what was wrong, and with sincere regret and sorrow, admitting, taking responsibility for, and committing to change the grievance.

I know that when things get tough because of wrong choices and mistakes we’ve made, we want instant forgiveness and restoration. God wants to redeem and deliver us but He also wants to make sure we have sincerely learned and turned from the cause of our self-inflicted woes.

 Isaiah 57:15 says, “The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: "I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.”

Pride is the greatest enemy you will ever will ever face. It wants to blind you and keep you on the wrong path that God is trying to speak to you about and lead you out of.  Sincere humility and sorrow opens the floodgates of your heart to hear from God. Forgiveness and restoration starts at this place!

1 Peter 5:5 (NIV) "...God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 15, 2017

God's Cause and God's Rewards For Believers!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Over the years, I've seen a multitude of people involved with good causes. I've seen people spend enormous amounts of time organizing, communicating, and soliciting funds for causes.

I’ve seen those who work to raise money for research to fight diseases, to save the whales, to protest the wearing of fur, to save animals, and more. There seems to be a never-ending list of causes. I wonder how many Christians really focus on the ultimate cause God has assigned us to as His children—the cause of saving people from a destiny in Hell and instead receiving Jesus’ free gift of eternal life in Heaven?

The Bible speaks of two judgments of God after death. One is called the Great White Throne Judgment. It is the judgment of all those who would not receive God's gift to mankind—Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Jesus died to take away their sins and give them eternal life. People that reject this gift of Jesus don’t realize what they are rejecting. We as Christians do. We know how desperately they need the Lord. When people reject Jesus, they reject God's gift, thereby dying in their sins without resolution for them. Revelation NIV 20:11-12 says, Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it...And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

People get mad at the thought of God judging people but the truth is, Hell was created for Satan and fallen angels—not man. God made provision for man’s eternity through Jesus. If they choose to reject this gracious provision of God, then they have instead chosen to follow Satan to his destiny, and consequently theirs.

When Jesus is your Savior, you aren’t judged for your sins—they are forgiven. Instead, by God’s grace, your name is written in the book of life. When you’ve haven’t received Jesus, your name will not be in that book and you will be judged for every sin you’ve ever committed. Hell is that judgment. No one who really understands this truth would fail to accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness and eternal life. Romans 4:7-8  NIV says, "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him." Hebrews 8:12 NIV says, "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." Psalm 103:12 NKJV "As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us." Now this is thee cause of all causes! Consequently, it’s imperative that of all things we focus and support, we reach out and support this eternally life-changing good news of this gracious gift of God!

The second judgement mentioned after death is the judgment for those who have received Jesus Christ as their Savior. It isn't a judgment about our sins since a believer's sins have been washed away. This judgment is called the Judgment Seat of Christ. It will be about the rewards believers receive for the things they did from a right motivation to further the gospel and touch others with God’s love. We will stand before Jesus to review all of the causes or things we did to serve His purposes—not the world's list or view of good works, or our own. Those things done from a pure heart and right motivation and not for self-glory or personal agenda will be considered like gold, or silver, or precious stones. The Apostle Paul described it like this: 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 (NLT) "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.  Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw.  But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.  But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames."

When David spoke up of the need to shut Goliath’s mouth and defeat him, he said,  “…Is there not a cause?" (1 Samuel 17:29 NKJV) There are many good causes to fight for in this life, but do any save the life of a person for all eternity? Do any have the promised reward from God for serving His cause? I am not saying we shouldn’t be involved in good causes. I am only saying that we should put the ultimate cause, letting the world know of the love and gift of Jesus at the top of our list! If we do, not only will the Lord reward us, but someone will be thanking Jesus and you for the rest of eternity. That is a perspective and cause to think about!

Psalms 119:74 (NLT) "May all who reverence You find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, May 12, 2017

The Trouble Tree

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I have reprinted this by popular request! Hope it's a blessing to you! 

The Trouble Tree
(author unknown)

I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job: (a flat tire made him lose an hour of work & his electric drill quit) his ancient one ton truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence.

On arriving he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.

When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.
Oh, that's my trouble tree," he replied. "I know I can't help having troubles on the job, but one thing's for sure, those troubles don't belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home and ask God to take care of them.

Then in the morning I pick them up again." Funny thing is," he smiled", when I come out in the morning to pick 'em up, there aren't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before."

Psalm 55:22 “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Must Character Quality That Will Bless You Forever!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you felt under-appreciated lately and had yourself a pity party? Have you had a discussion with yourself lately on why you aren't be treated fairly or with the respect and appreciation you deserve? I think these kinds of thoughts try to creep into all our lives at one time or another. It's seems to have almost a paralyzing effect that not only keeps people from moving forward, but causes them to replay their I'm Not Appreciated speech in their head over and over.

A long time ago, this couple told Renee and I a horribly sad story of financial devastation in their life. They said they didn’t have any money to pay their mortgage or bills and they didn’t have money for groceries and didn’t know how they were going to do to feed their children. At that time, Renee and I were a young couple with four very small children. Our own finances were so squeaky tight that we could hardly afford what we needed for groceries. But, we took one hundred dollars—almost our entire food budget for the month (at that time) and gave it to them. We'd given sacrificially and trusted God by faith for our groceries that month. When we gave it to them, they hardly said thanks. We thought, Maybe that didn't think it was that much or close to enough. We didn't know. All we knew was that they just said Thanks and nothing more. Renee and I thought, How could they be so unappreciative? Don't they get what this cost us? Don't they appreciate that we put our children's needs at risk for theirs? It hurt to be so unappreciated for what we sacrificed for them.

The following week we ran into them and they shared that they took their children out to a restaurant to celebrate the gift of $100 we gave them and told us it was just enough money to pay for this celebration! And they thanked us for it! This hurt us even more! They didn’t appreciate what we had done. They didn’t use it wisely. We felt sad and used. Live and learn. God supernaturally met our needs that month which we were thankful for!

Fast forward 30 plus years and we would tell you we've learned a lot about people. We've learned that most people are focused on themselves and not others. I know that sound horrible, but its true. And because that's true, most people fall in the range of poor to not great on the appreciation scale. After many years, you begin to recognize a handful of people who are wonderfully appreciative for everything, when most aren't for much. Oh how you love those people in your life!

Jesus experienced unappreciative people! We read about it in Luke 17:11-19. “As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, He reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As He entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" He looked at them and said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, their leprosy disappeared. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, "Praise God, I'm healed!" He fell face down on the ground at Jesus' feet, thanking Him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Does only this foreigner return to give glory to God?" And Jesus said to the man, "Stand up and go. Your faith has made you well."


Understanding that people not being thankful or appreciative is a common reality, Renee and I prayed and asked God to help us not be that way. He did help us in two specific ways. First, He taught us to do things as unto the Lord and not unto people or for their appreciation. If people are appreciative, that is always sweet. If they are not, it doesn't bother us because we don't expect it and know how lousy most people are at it. Secondly, God taught us to become highly appreciative people! He taught us to pay attention and notice the good in people and, catch the good things they do. He taught us to vocalize it and encourage people through it. We've learned from walking this out that people appreciate appreciation more than they can say.

I couldn’t help but think this morning about the multitude of things Jesus had done for  us in our life. In some instances, I was the one who came back to Him with great thanksgiving. At other times, I'm sure I hardly noticed or acknowledged His goodness and kindness in my life.

Over time, being learning to be thankful and appreciative has opened the eyes of my heart. I now see God touching my life every day in some way that I am thankful for and purpose to thank Him for it. and in general, I focus my heart on giving thanks rather than looking for it. It helps me keep my heart right toward God and man, and it builds the character quality of being a thankful person with me. Being an appreciator rocks! Self-pity... It's the pits!

Proverbs 19:17 "He who is kind to one in need, joins himself in partnership with the LORD, and the Lord will reward him for what he has done."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Praying Prayers That Move God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I have noticed that there is an expression I often use when I write Fresh Manna or when I'm teaching or talking about prayer. That expression is true heart-faith in prayer.  I know what I mean by them but as I was rereading something I wrote, I had the quick thought, do others know what I mean by those words true heart-faith in prayer?


When I was a young Christian, I had about as much faith in my prayers as I did rubbing a rabbit's foot or breaking a wishbone. I had no real faith that God would ever hear or answer my prayers and that isn't a good thing! That would be similar to a young child thinking his parents had no time for him/her and no faith they cared or would do anything for them. God loves us more than the most loving parent ever could and wants us to put faith in Him.
Although God loves us, He isn't a genie. Prayer takes His will and other's concerns to heart. To have faith in God answering your prayers, you need to know what His will is! That is clearly understood through 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV). It teaches us why it is so important to know the will of God and have faith in it. It says, "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." 

I love reading about Daniel because Daniel was a gracious, God-fearing and God-loving man who knew God's will and prayed often about it. He modeled true heart-faith for us to learn from.

In the story of Daniel, he had risen from being a captive slave to become the pagan King Nebuchadnezzar's top aide and ruler. The king was upset over a dream he had, but did not understand. None of his wisest advisers could help him interpret it. It made the King so mad he planned on killing every one of his wise men. When Daniel heard, this is how he handled the situation.

Daniel 2:16-20 (NKJV) Then Daniel went in and asked of the king that he would give him time, and that he would make known the meaning to the king. Then Daniel went to his house and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might pray for the mercies of God in Heaven concerning this secret, that Daniel and his companions should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. And Daniel blessed the God of Heaven. Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.

Daniel gave the interpretation to the king and saved not only their lives but the lives of all the pagan wise men who hated Daniel also. The mercy of God touches the just and unjust.

Here is what Daniel’s life reflected.

First, that he had an intimate relationship with God. He had confidence that he could go to God in prayer and that God would help Him. This confidence and knowing is having true heart-faith in prayer. Something that only comes as you become acquainted with God and His will through the study of the word and through prayer.

Secondly, he had a group of godly trustworthy friends that he could take a problem to knowing they had true heart-faith in prayer and would pray along with him.

Third, Daniel never became elevated in pride because of his answered prayers. He never took credit to make himself look good. He gave all the glory to God with great thanksgiving. This is sincere intimacy with God that creates true heart-faith in prayer to the one who alone helps us succeed through life! Learning what God's will is worth the effort. Learning to pray in true heart-faith will change your life forever! Draw close to the Lord! He is a rewarder of those that do!

Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 08, 2017

God's Power to Walk Out Your Incredible Life

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was a young boy, my best friend and I spent hours and hours talking about how we would one day be millionaires. There was an old TV show we used to watch called The Millionaire and it definitely fueled our thinking and the discussion of our future.

As I grew older and committed my life to the Lord, my thoughts changed. I spent more time thinking more about how I might leave a meaningful mark for the Lord on this life. Knowing my personal weaknesses, it became evident that I would not leave the mark I wanted without the power of God help me accomplish whatever He was leading me to do!

Most people don't spend time thinking about the power of God within them to help them. Instead they think about the drive they lack in their will power to make all their desired changes. Eventually frustration and giving up replaces the incredible life God wants for them.

Some people would laugh at that. The incredible life God has for me? Yea right! My life couldn’t be more ordinary and meaningless. My life couldn’t be more aimless and mundane. My life couldn’t be more out of control with me feeling powerless to change it.  

If you think any of these things, I understand why. I've been there. But I knew that if I caved into that kind of thinking and defeat, it would be a waste of the life God prepared for me and the plan He desires for me to walk in. So I had to learn to draw strength from God. But how? You receive strength just by knowing how God has felt about you from the very beginning. Read this and after you do, tell me if you really believe God created you to experience an ordinary, meaningless, aimless, and mundane, out of control life?

Psalm 139:14-18 (NLT) “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!“
Still think you were meant to be ordinary and powerless? Continue reading.

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Just by understanding the depth of God’s love for you and learning that He has a glorious plan for you increases the power in your faith and strength! Can you feel it? And it makes you want to draw near to Him and know Him and His will for you all the more! That is what it was designed to do as we see in Jeremiah 29:13-14. “If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me. I will be found by you," says the Lord. "I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes..."

When you find out what God wants for you, what He intended for you, and that He is not out to condemn you but to strengthen you to live this life, it alters your thinking. It creates empowerment to become a world-changer. You learn to trust, lean on, and draw strength from knowing God is in your corner and His plan is for you is to succeed. He is not absent from your life. He is waiting to empower you to fulfill the dreams He leads you in! And that empowerment is within and from the Holy Spirit!

Strength and power from God comes to your life and works within you as you continue to pray and ask God to lead you. His Word speaks to you to help build your faith. It gives you direction. And as you continually ask the Lord for help and lean on His power by faith, it rises up within you. You gain power to say yes to what you should and strength to say no to what you should resist. It's real. It's there. It's the strength and power you need to do what He puts in your heart to do. And it is the same Spirit (God's Spirit) that raised Christ from the dead that lives within you! Have faith in Him and draw on it and begin to live His incredible plan for your life a day at a time. In a decade from now, you'll be able to look back and see all God has helped you do!

Romans 8:11 (NLT) "The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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