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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Raising Good Kids in a Difficult World

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by Pastor Tim Burt


God calls Himself our “Heavenly Father.” If you have children, you can remember back to your first newborn and how absolutely dependent they were upon you for everything. That reality hit Renee and I the first day we brought Stephanie home from the hospital. Life was no longer about Renee and I and want we wanted. We had this new little girl who needed us for every little thing. It was our assignment to help her grow up learning to take care of herself as well as to make good decisions for her life. This was the beginning of a slow but wonderful course and season of helping her grow from infancy to adulthood.

As she grew and matured, we taught her how to do things for herself. We also taught her to make good decisions. We were teaching her how to one-day become independent of us, but never independent of God. This meant that over the years, things we did for her, she had to learn to do for herself. This included making provision for herself. We never let any of our children grow up with a sense of entitlement. We taught them that what they could expect from life was what they worked toward—coupled with their dependency and faith in God's grace to help them.

Behavioral issues rooted in entitlement  are often formed in children who have not been taught to do things for themselves—who have not been taught to accept responsibility for their actions, and who have not been taught and given the chance to make and become accountable for their own decisions.

The natural entitlement that they did have a right to when they were infants and small children, becomes and an unhealthy entitlement of leaning on their parents or others far beyond the time that they should. Smothering, controlling, and micro-managing children can inhibit their maturity toward independence and will likely create a dysfunctional sense of entitlement. They become used to someone doing everything for them. They become used to provision always being provided. Many get used to someone else making every decision for them. This could lead them to behaving as though the world and everyone in it owes them and that they should be taken care of. Can any spouse, aging parent, company, or even government truly live up to those expectations? Of course not—nor should they! They will eventually grow up to feel that God and this world have failed them and blame will become their game. Does this sound familiar to the world we presently live in?
The flip side of this could also be disastrous. Give children total independence from a young age without guidance, discipline, and boundaries and you will also create a dysfunctional child that has learned to run wild. They will become unmanageable. Proverbs 29:15 NLT says, “To discipline and reprimand a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.” I have seen a great many parents throw up their hands in frustration, disgust, and hopelessness over the child they allowed to become unruly. Because of their fear of making mistakes or fear of their children’s rejection from not liking discipline, they let obvious wrong behavior go on! They will become the parent of the child described in Proverbs 19:26 NLT “Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother are a public disgrace and an embarrassment.”

Kids don’t like discipline but they will get over it. They won’t die even though they'll act like they might! Proverbs 23:13 NIV says, “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.” This verse refers to effective discipline of some kind—effective being the key word! Although spanking has been demonized, it can be used if done properly for a short season. To do it properly, you must have zero tolerance for yourself doing it out of anger or inappropriately. If you don’t like spanking, it’s going to take other methods that will only work with steadfast consistency. I suggest watching “Super Nanny” as it’s one of the best helps to parents I’ve ever seen. You can learn to discipline your children in a right way. She is a masterful mentor.

Mentoring your children and teaching them how to be responsible, share work loads, keep a good attitude, make decisions, and keep a Christ-centered attitude of love is God’s way. Teaching them to put forth their best effort while leaning on the grace of God to help them in their weaknesses will help them succeed throughout their life. They will not grow up undisciplined or with an attitude of entitlement, but with a healthy work ethic while depending on God to direct and help them. This is best case scenario—especially when you have helped them develop a sincere and deep faith that God loves and desires to help them. They will make the effort to live a productive life using their skills while depending on God's grace.

God does want us to grow up to be independent enough to learn to make our way though life but without ever being independent of Him. He wants us always to walk in the revelation of Jesus’ words of John 15:15 “…without me you can do nothing.” He entitles us to be dependent upon Him. He teaches us to have that kind of entitlement mentality in our faith. Not that He is a magician or a genie, but that He is the true and living God who cares for and will help us in every aspect of our life. He wants us to have that sense of entitlement that we should see Him for help always while doing what we know to do. We see this in Hebrews 13:5-6 NIV “…"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" And in Psalm 54:4 NIV “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Let's build children that contribute, not take from this world, and that partner with God and contribute to His plan and purpose in the earth. Can you imagine being in life and business partnership with anyone better?

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, January 30, 2017

How the Impossible Becomes Possible

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever heard the old saying, “Seeing is believing?” There are many people who take that kind of stance regarding spiritual things. I only believe what I can see and I can't see God! Seeing is believing for me!  Pride prevents people from admitting that the world they function in, is a world they function in by faith. They cannot see the vitamins at work in their body yet they take them believing that they do good. They cannot see the electricity that turns on a light or that powers their house yet they have faith that flicking the switch will deliver the electricity they need.  
People put faith that the diagnosis that their doctor, the auto mechanic, the weatherman, or the professor of economics is sharing with them is accurate. They put faith in and frequently act upon what they've heard which is hilarious considering how often weatherman are wrong. They have faith that the food in the restaurant they are eating doesn't have salmonella, but that the manager and cook have taken the steps to prevent food poisoning. The list of what people put faith in his endless!
The truth is, people operate in faith more often than they recognize or would admit to. They live a life of believing and acting by faith in what they can't see. They only declare seeing is believing  when it conveniently excuses them from thought and communication about what they don’t care to believe such as: George doesn’t want to go to Hell, therefore he has conveniently chosen to believe there is no such place—because he can’t see it and after all, seeing is believing!
One of Jesus’ own disciples had this attitude and Jesus admonished him for it. Then Jesus told Thomas, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:29 (NIV)
luke-18-27-with-god-all-things-are-possibleThomas learned that when it comes to the scriptures and Jesus, faith is higher than seeing to believe. Many of the religious leaders of Jesus day actually saw the miracles that Jesus did but still chose not to believe their own eyes. They were blinded by their jealousies and insecurities of Jesus taking His rightful place of leadership— which they feared would supplant theirs. They saw His miracles of healing but did not believe. As a matter of fact, they even accused Jesus saying, the miracles He did were done through demonic exercises. For them seeing was not believing. Hebrews 4:2 and the gospels reveal that many people saw Jesus heal others. Some believed but some did not—EVEN THOUGH THEY SAW IT WITH THEIR OWN EYES! They heard Him preach and saw Him do numerous miracles, yet they still didn't believe. Hebrews 4:2 says, “For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.”
You do not have the benefit of seeing Jesus here in the flesh healing people today even though many have seen people healed through prayer in the name of Jesus throughout the ages. If it was a struggle for some to believe in Jesus' days, how much more might it be for you to believe? Let's face it, miracles are mind-blowing. Our belief is only empowered by us knowing the nature of God and His will as revealed in His Word. His Word is the source of faith. It gives us the strength to stand against the unbelief that attacks your heart’s faith.
The Bible is called the Old and New Testament. A testament is two things: It is a covenant and a will. God has created a covenant with man. In the Old Testament it was with Abraham. Covenants are supposed to be a binding agreement between two people—each person obligated to perform.  When God cut his covenant with Abraham, Abraham was sleeping. Cut made the covenant with the obligation of keeping the promise for both sides. Jesus did the same. Why? Because He knew we would not be able to keep up our end and that we'd fail the covenant. And so, He took responsibility for both sides. You know what our part is today? Just to take God atpsalm-84-11-no-good-thing-will-he-withhold His Word and believe! Jesus said in Luke 18:27 (NKJV) "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." In Mark 9:23 (NKJV) Jesus said..."If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."  Psalm 119:89 (NKJV) says,"Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven." 
I know circumstances come in life that work to steal our faith. We have an enemy of our soul that works to steal our faith. He really can't steal it. He can only get us to doubt it!  Jesus died for you! He established a covenant of promise with you! Let His Word and promises direct and bring trust and peace to your life as you cling steadfast to your faith in Him!
Psalm 84:11 (NKJV) says, "For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly." 
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Pastor Tim Burt

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Did Jesus influence America’s Founding Fathers?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Were America’s founding fathers influenced by Jesus Christ? Rather than debate the topic, why not just look into their personal journals? What did they say?columbus
Christopher Columbus in his Book of Prophecies:  It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies….
There was no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because he comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures … encouraging me continually to press forward, and without ceasing for a moment they now encourage me to make haste.
In a letter written in 1493 to Spain’s General Treasurer Gabriel Sanchez, Columbus wrote:
That which the unaided intellect of man could not compass, the spirit of God has granted to human exertions, for God is wont to hear the prayers of His servants who love His precepts even to the performance of apparent impossibilities. Therefore, let the king and queen, our princes and their most happy kingdoms, and all the other provinces of Christendom, render thanks to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
pilgrimsIn June of 1630, ten years after the Pilgrims founded the Plymouth Colony, Gov. John Winthrop landed in Massachusetts Bay with 700 people in 11 ships, thus beginning the Great Migration, which lasted 16 years and saw more than 20,000 Puritans embark for New England. In a sermon aboard the ship Arbella before disembarking on the shores of New England, Winthrop said:
We are a Company, professing ourselves fellow members of Christ, and thus we ought to account ourselves knit together by this bond of love….
Thus stands the cause between God and us: we are entered into covenant with Him for this work. We have taken out a Commission, the Lord hath given us leave to draw our own articles….
We must hold a familiar commerce together in each other in all meekness, gentleness, patience, and liberality. We must delight in each other, make one another’s condition our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our Commission and Community in this work, as members of the same body….franklin-e1338499232816
We shall find that the God of Israel is among us, when ten of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies, when He shall make us a praise and glory, that men of succeeding plantations shall say, “The Lord make it like that of New England.”
For we must Consider that we shall be as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us.
Benjamin Franklin in Poor Richard’s Almanac offered his personal version of the Lord’s Prayer:
 http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/news/2012/05/did-jesus-influence-americas-founding-fathers.php

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Friday, January 27, 2017

A Lesson Learned From Mom

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I am reposting this by popular request! Enjoy it and be a good parent! 

Meanest Mom on the Planet
Author Unknown

The headlines read: ‘Meanest Mom’ Sells Car After Finding Liquor DES MOINES, Iowa - Jane Hambleton has dubbed herself the "meanest mom on the planet."

After finding alcohol in her son's car, she decided to sell the car and share her 19-year-old's misdeed with everyone — by placing an ad in the local newspaper.

The ad reads: "OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don't love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet."

Hambleton has heard from people besides interested buyers since recently placing the ad in The Des Moines Register.

The 48-year-old from Fort Dodge says she has fielded more than 70 telephone calls from emergency room technicians, nurses, school counselors and even a Georgia man who wanted to congratulate her.

"The ad cost a fortune, but you know what? I'm telling people what happened here," Hambleton says. "I'm not just gonna put the car for resale when there's nothing wrong with it, except the driver made a dumb decision.

"It's overwhelming the number of calls I've gotten from people saying 'Thank you, it's nice to see a responsible parent.' So far there are no calls from anyone saying, 'You're really strict. You're real overboard, lady.'"

The only critic is her son, who Hambleton says is "very, very unhappy" with the ad and claims the alcohol was left by a passenger.

Hambleton said she believes her son but has decided mercy isn't the best policy in this case. She says she set two rules when she bought the car at Thanksgiving: No booze, and always keep it locked.

The car has been sold, but Hambleton says she will continue the ad for another week —just for the feedback.

A note from Pastor Tim: As a parent, expecting teenagers and young adults to appreciate your perspective is unrealistic. Until they are 18, you are there to help them make decisions. When they become a young adult, they will have to live with their own. For most parents, it probably won't be until later that your children will come back and thank you for being a good strong parent! In the meantime, be that parent and don't be moved. Hopefully your day of being appreciated will come sooner than later! 


Proverbs 22:6 “Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.” 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Converted by Geese: A Beautiful Story!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Converted by Geese: A Beautiful Story / Author unknown

There was once a man who didn't believe the story of Christ and was skeptical about God. He and his family lived in a farming community. His wife was a devout believer and diligently raised her children in her faith.

He sometimes gave her a hard time about her faith and mocked her religious observance of Christian holidays. "It's all nonsense! Why would God lower himself and become a human like us?! It's such a ridiculous story!" he said.

One snowy day, she and the children left for church. As always, he stayed home. After they had left, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blinding snowstorm.

As he was putting wood on the fire, he suddenly heard a loud thump, something hitting against the window. He soon heard another thump. He looked outside but couldn't see so he ventured outside to discover what the noise was that he heard. In the field near his house he saw the the strangest thing; a flock of geese! They were apparently flying south toward a warmer area but had been caught in the snow storm. The storm had become too blinding and violent for the geese to fly. They were stranded on his land with no food or shelter and unable to do more than flutter their wings and fly in aimless circles. He had compassion for them and wanted to help them.

He thought to himself,  "The barn would be a great place for them to stay! It's warm and safe and they could spend the night and wait out the storm." He opened the barn doors for them. He waited, watching them, hoping they would notice the open barn and come inside. It didn't happen. They didn't notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them. He moved closer toward them to get their attention, but they just moved away from him out of fear.

He went into the house and came back out with some bread. He broke it up and made a bread trail to the barn. They still didn't catch on. Starting to get frustrated, he went over and tried to shoo them toward the barn. They panicked and scattered into every direction except toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where there was warmth, safety and shelter.

Feeling totally frustrated, he exclaimed, "Why don't they follow me? Can't they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm? How can I possibly get them into the one place that would save them?" He though for a moment and realized that they just wouldn't follow a human. He said to himself, "How can I possibly save them? The only way would be for me to become like those geese. If only I could become like one of them! Then I could save them! They would follow me and I could lead them to safety."

At that moment, he stopped and considered what he had said. Suddenly past conversations of him ridiculing his wife while she explained why Jesus came to save us ran flashed through his mind. His own words, "If only I could become like one of them-then I could save them"  reverberated in his mind. And then, at last, he understood God's heart towards mankind. He dropped to his knees right there in the snow, bent his head and his heart, and said, "Jesus, I am so sorry. Thank you for saving me!" He continued to kneel and worship His Savior.

Romans 1:20 "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Your Countenance Impacts Your Influence

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by Pastor Tim Burt


If today's Minneapolis weather, where I live, was a person, it would be a gloomy person. It's not the kind of day where you'd look out the window and think, "Wow, it's so beautiful outside, I can't wait to get out there." No, it's grey with winter still in the ground, nothing sprouting, bare trees, dirty from the accumulation of dust and dirt without rain to wash it away, and hardly a critter around because they must know it's not time yet.

If today's weather were a person, it would be kind of a cold person. It's not only grey outside, but the temperature is just about freezing. It won't get much warmer than that all this week and most likely, a little colder. That's exciting—NOT! 

I don't love gloomy or cold days. And to be truly honest, I don't love to be around gloomy and cold people all that much either. It's easy to find people who seem gloomy and cold. I walk by them all the time. They remind me of when I look out the window and see on a day like today. Gloomy and cold.
 
Of course I am hoping they aren't. Maybe they just need a smile. I walk around with one as much as possible. I do because people need smiles. If I get their eye contact, I'll say "Hi." Maybe they need a "Hi." I think life is better with a smile and a "Hi." Don't you? Some people don't seem to agree with me. They look at me confused that I smiled and said "Hi" to them. Maybe something is really bothering them. Maybe something bad has happened or is going on in their life. But don't they need that smile and "Hi" even more then?

When you go out into your day today, will you look like a beautiful day that is warm and inviting and desirous to be around, or will you look gloomy and seem cold? People often want the world to be nice, friendly, kind, and helpful to them, while they themselves are partly cloudy, at best bordering on cold and gloomy. Sometimes that's their normal!


I know we sometimes wish we could change the weather and the weather forecast. We may not be able to do that, but we can change what kind of weather we look like. People would love for us to look like a beautiful, sunny, warm and inviting day!  

When Jesus became your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit took up residence in you. He wants to help you become that new person in Christ. Colossians 3:10 (NLT) says, "Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him."

Do you want people to be friendly to you? Then make being friendly your habit and lifestyle! Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV) says, "A man who has friends must himself be friendly..."

Weather determines what we put on and take off. Likewise, God determines what we are to put on and take off in our life. Ephesians 4:30-32 (NLT) says, "And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, He has identified you as His own... Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you."  

And Colossians 3:12-14 (NLT) says, "Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony."


Jesus wants to help us become like a sunny day—even when we could feel gloomy. It's possible if we let the Lord encourage us in His Word. If  we do, it will attract people to the light of Jesus in us! If that happens, you will get the chance to let them experience the touch of Jesus' love flowing from you—even if it is just the seed of a smile and a "Hi."  

What kind of day to you like? What kind of day do you want to be today?  

Philemon 1:20 (NKJV) "Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord"


In In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Jesus Will Soon Return - Are You Ready?

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If Satan is anything, he is a liar. He is an accuser. He is a deceiver. His goal is always to deceive you. 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 NIV)

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. 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 where Jesus will finally deal with Satan.

Satan will manifest himself through a person he possesses that scripture calls “the beast” also known as the anti-Christ and “the false prophet.” There will be two human beings that Satan demonically possesses and uses. He will use them 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 for you. And Jesus warned us that one day He would come back for us and it would be at a time when we did not expect it—but that we would see signs, which we are seeing.

And so these verses remind us to be sober-minded and alert and living our life for Jesus where we can't be pulled away from Him. Too many are being deceived and pulled into worldly activity and away from their faith. Be a voice of influence for Him. He a light for Him, Resist evil. And live wholeheartedly for Him.

Matthew 24:44-46 (NLT) "You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected. “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

What Christians Must Realize and Do Now!

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Proverbs 16:12 (MSG) says, "Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation" The United States is and has been a move of God in the earth. Our country became a place where the gospel was freely preached, where Jesus Christ and all of scripture was exalted, and the U.S. became a mission base for the gospel to reach the rest of the world. It was the Judeo-Christian ethic that gave this country a moral code and standard that permeated our society. The original school text books talked about God and scripture in the midst of their focused subjects. There was a standard for respect in most schools and homes. It was the gospel that help blacks endure racial injustice. It was the gospel that pricked the hearts of men to end slavery. There has always been the slow war of changing societies injustices, but God's Word in the hearts of men and women forged those changes over time. The change of society from the influence of God's Word is most always been a slow process and why I believe God is so patient not to judge a misguided society.

As a Pastor and Christian, and from my full understanding of scripture, I believe the United States has been given one more chance from God to get things right. That responsibility does not lie on the backs of those who do not believe in Christ. It falls on the backs of those that do. It is a calling to fervent prayer while rejecting and resisting the immorality that only seems to increase year by year.

Every year the media seems to try to redefine what normal is in this world. Cable networks are in revolution of profanity, perversion, and sexual free-for-all. Homosexuality and transgender have judicially been forced upon us as normal. The name-calling and labels have now been placed on those that disagree with this lifestyle or who try to uphold any kind of Christian moral lifestyle. The fact is, more than ever, we are in a day where evil is called good and good evil. In saying that, I am not calling a person, a people group, or a culture of people, evil. I am calling the activities and behaviors that are contrary to God’s word evil. That would include anything that I or anyone else might do that would be inappropriate.

Jesus died for us so that we could be forgiven of our sins. If we love Him and live to walk after His ways, His Word, and the leading of His Spirit—that is what He asks of us. Will we ever fail in the process? Of course we will! That is why we need Jesus to begin with. Only His mercy and grace pave the way for any of us to obtain Heaven's residence. Only the leading of His Spirit and the instruction of His Word help us stay on His path in this life. But forgiveness of sin and His great mercy and grace does not create an acceptance for what God has described as sin. Sin is never okay! And its not about making God angry! God is love and is full of love—not anger. He is trying to lovingly draw us into His ways. He is not throwing lightning bolts at us or killing us with car accidents, cancer, disease, or devastating acts of nature. He is trying to reach us by His goodness—by His blessings that touch our life and make us thankful. Romans 2:4 says, "... that the goodness of God leads you to repentance." This world was never created by Him for the functioning of sin. Sin is a curse. It steals from us and destroys lives. It takes society everywhere it does not want to go!

Evil being called good and good evil is not a new thing. But it is a dangerous thing! Every society that has embraced sin and made it it's norm instead of seeking God's instructions for righteous living, has collapsed at one time or another. No society is immune from the effects of embracing sin. There were times when God would warn His people when they got off track. They would get caught up in the cultures of the world around them and stray from the way God intended for them to live. They would pull further and further from the Lord and before long they would begin to call what was considered evil by God, good, and what was considered good by God, evil. God warned them of making this mistake. Isaiah 5:20 NKJV “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."

Today, I want you simply to understand this: the truth of God’s desires for society and culture are given only to us by God’s word—ways which never change. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” What God considers evil will always stay evil. What God considers good will always remain good. Do not tolerate evil in your life. Pursue good with all your heart.

In life's quest, be sure that you look for the good in people and love them for the good you find. That does not mean you accept evil behaviors. Do not build a tolerance for evil out of those relationships. Oppose evil so it will not consume you. Oppose it so that you can be a light to a dark world. Oppose it by sharing the love and acceptance of Jesus.  It also does not mean you become anyone’s judge or jury. I receive Jesus’ love in my own life while never accepting any sinful or wrong behaviors or attitudes. As I see them, I will expose them by confessing them to God and asking for His grace to change. That is all any of us can do. Oppose evil because God hates evil and the destruction it permeates on mankind. Be vocal and call evil what it is—even in the midst of persecution. Don't attack people because most every person has good that they do and evil that they succumb to. But oppose evil behavior and resist it in your life and in our society. Personally live a higher standard with the help of the Holy Spirit in you! And do what you can to prevent it from ever become a norm in our society! If we all do this, God can and will move in our midst—that is, if Christians will seek Him, live for Him, and pray.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 20, 2017

What Makes Faith Strong, Powerful and Perfect

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One of the most beautiful things in receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior, is the deposit of the Holy Spirit—that is, the very Spirit of God comes to abide or live within our being. 2 Corinthians 5:5 says, "Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit (the Holy Spirit) as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

The second you sincerely receive Jesus as your Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of you. From that moment, you have the ability to see life through God’s eyes and progressively understand His plan and purpose as you read His Word. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God to help you know His will, His heart, and His character.

As this miraculous change often called The New Birth happens in your life, God establishes and intimate relationship with you! As you purpose in your heart to seek Him and draw close to Him, He likewise draws close to you. That starts with the promise of James 4:8 "draw close to God, and God will draw close to you..." He begins to speak of His unfathomable love and mercy toward you! He will never force Himself on you as the entire relationship is a product of faith—you believing what He has said and promised to you in His Word as truth, and you drawing near to Him through His Word, through prayer, and through worshiping Him for whom He is, Almighty God.


God calls Himself a Father to you. You can’t get more intimate than that! 2 Corinthians 6:18 says, “And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." God sweetens this revelation of intimacy saying, “So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God's very own children, adopted into his family—calling him "Father, dear Father." Romans 8:15 (NLT)

When people are ignorant of all whom He is and will be to us, they call Him names like, the big guy in the sky, or the head honcho, and so on. They do this because they just don’t know Him, or how to relate to Him. On the opposite side of the coin, believers that do learn of God’s intimacy often become too familiar with Him and without realizing it, bring God down to an almost human level. Although God has adopted us as His children and is a greater Father than any man could ever be, and though He has invited us to experience that kind off intimacy with Him, we still can never forget He is God. He is Almighty God!

You don’t get mad at Almighty God. Though He calls us His friend, we don’t make God our buddy. He is perfect. He is Holy. He is omnipotent and infinite. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. In Isaiah 9:6 Jesus is called “Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace” and more— all names of God’s magnificence and glory!

We must be careful in our intimacy with God, to always honor Him as God. If we lower Him in nature we diminish our own faith. We forget His unmatchable love and power and lose faith in God who makes "...all things possible to him who believes.” If we don’t worship and honor God, we eventually treat Him like others whom we take advantage of. We eventually sin against Him uncaringly!

We must always esteem and exalt God in our heart for who He is! In doing so, you'll find that you elevate your faith in Him!  Psalm 96:6-9 NKJV says it like this: “Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.”

In perfect intimacy with God, He is thee most loving Father one could have. He is also Almighty God. A revelation and honoring attitude of this is what makes faith strong, and powerful and perfect! Love Him and worship Him today!

Psalm 97:6 “The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples see His glory.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Process of Growing as a Leader

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I was a young man who was new at learning what walking out your life in Christ meant.  When I had sincerely prayed and asked Jesus to be my Lord, the skies did not open and the angels did not sing that I could hear. I did not experience goosebumps or have a vision. I had simply prayed a prayer that I sincerely meant from my heart. I wanted to submit my life to the Lordship of Jesus. Something did happen but I was at a loss for words to adequately describe it. I could only say that suddenly, I knew something had changed. When I woke up the following morning, I felt like I was seeing life through a different set of eyes. And I was! I was seeing life through God's eyes—through the Holy Spirit living in me.

It was a couple of years later that I felt I had a call of God upon my life to serve Him in ministry. I wanted to know the steps to accomplish that. I wanted to learn how to become a leader for God. I began to pray and ask the Lord what steps to take. Over the next year, the Lord helped me see that serving Him through serving in my church was a critical step. 1 Peter 4:10 (NLT) says, "God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."  The Lord helped me commit to serving which was a miracle in itself. Up to that time, I was the most uncommitted person I knew. I wouldn't commit to anything. The thought of being committed to serving the Lord was terrifying. But I did it. I committed to volunteering in service at church once a week in facility maintenance and serving with Renee in children's ministry every other week. I did so even though I thought I might feel more comfortable jumping out of a airplane without a parachute.

What was I doing making a commitment to serve God and who did I think I was thinking that God would call me or use me? I’d get hit with feelings of fear and inadequacy and the devil was there to point out every weakness in my character. My faults were plenty. But in pressing through it, the Holy Spirit would repeatedly remind me, Jesus died for me, God's grace cleansed me, and He would use me. The Lord would speak to my heart and tell me, If you want to walk out a call and serve and lead others, its important to learn to lead yourself. Making commitments to the things God would lead me to do, produced that within me. I was learning to lead myself through obedience to His leadings in the small things He'd speak to me to change, or to serve Him in.

As I'd press forward in trying to obey God, I'd often have this thought, You can't serve others or become any kind of leader until you've cleaned up every part of your life. I learned over time, that was a lie from the pit of Hell. We aren't capable of cleaning up ourself. We need God's help. And it doesn’t make sense to wait your entire life to accept responsibility and roles of service or even leadership until you have perfectly learned to lead yourself. No, the Bible teaches us that in the body of Christ, we should be involved in giving our supply to the church. In other words we should serve God and people faithfully and diligently. And as we do, and because we do, we mature and begin to change, mature, and learn how to accept responsibility at higher levels including roles of leadership. God uses this process to help clean us up.

Overcoming selfish tendencies and learning to make personal changes and sacrifices in obedience to God and for the good of others will revolutionize your life. You cannot change from selfish to selfless without God's admonishment and help! Understanding that your development is a lifelong course will help you overcome the feelings of inadequacy. Be patient. God will complete the good work in you over time! Learning to say Yes to God and accept opportunities and challenges while standing in faith on His promise, “I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need,” will bring you to great places and an exciting life in God. And you will experience the process of growing as a leader.

Philippians 4:13 (NLT) “I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Letting God Develop Leadership in You

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by Pastor Tim Burt


About ten years ago, I was asked to take on a position of responsibility and leadership over an area of ministry that was foreign to my base of knowledge and experience—different from anything I had ever done in the past. I remember my first thoughts when asked: There are a hundred people I know that are more qualified to take this on Lord. Why would you want me to do this? I know almost nothing about any of this.  This morning I was reading Moses reaction when God asked him to lead in a role outside of his comfort zone. Exodus 3:11 (NLT) "But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”  Do we all sound like this when God asks us to do something we don't know how to do?

Most of the things God has asked me to do have been through some kind of impression upon my heart and usually when I've been reading His word or praying. But sometimes He simply has someone ask us to do something, and deep down we know its God asking. The Lord taught me something critical in my early years of Christianity. When He was leading me to obey and do something for Him, He taught me to: a) follow His leading, b) set my questions and feelings of inadequacies on a shelf, and c) trust Him.

In my early days, some of the things the Lord was leading me to do seemed somewhat unimportant or insignificant. The kinds of things your brain would wrestle and whine about doing and your flesh would resist wanting to do. I remember a time when I felt the Lord impressing me to use one of my days off from work each week (when I was working for the airlines,) to go do volunteer painting at a church. The church had expressed the need and it was something I could do. I was obedient but felt unnoticed and unappreciated. It didn't matter. I knew the Lord wanted me to do it. I did it unto Him and I committed to it for a year. That year helped me more with developing a right motivation than any other of my life. God was building character within me. There were other things God led me to do that were more spiritual in nature—having to do with the development of my personal disciplines such as studying God's Word or praying. Sometimes the Lord would lead me to do acts of kindness for others. Whatever I felt He was leading me to do, I tried to be obedient.

The Lord knows exactly how to get our attention and lead us. I remember I’d be thinking about something I felt like the Lord wanted me. Suddenly our Pastor would be preaching on that very subject. There were times when I could just sense the still small voice of God inside compelling me to obey Him. I could have easily blown any of these heart-leadings off as imagination except that the Lord kept bringing a verse to my heart that became a Word from Him to me. It was about being faithful and obedient in the small things. One day the Lord spoke to me through a verse that would become foundational to the way I thought and responded to the Lord for life. It was Luke 16:10 NLT and it said, "If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities." He was teaching me that faithfulness to these things was my preparation to do greater things throughout life. I’d often hear Him say in my heart, Tim, if you can’t be faithful in the little things, why would I trust you with greater things?

This word from God compelled me to pay attention, quit making excuses, and do the small things I felt He was leading me to do. In His way, He was showing me that He was building me from the ground up. There were periods of time when I didn't sense any great leading from God. I didn't because He had already given me things to do that would take time and development. I just had to do them. He knew how to get a hold of my heart when He wanted me to do something. I just needed to communicate with Him daily and tell Him, Lord, here I am. Help me to obey you as you lead me today. When I did that, I was more sensitive to His leading.

I've learned over the years that things that might initially seem insignificant, can turn out to be life changing—for myself and others. Learning to follow God's leading is a precious thing and critical to the character development of becoming a Christ-like leader.

Revelation 7:17 (NLT) "For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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