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Friday, March 31, 2017

Do You Know God’s Direction in Your Life?

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by Pastor Tim Burt



Hi Fresh Manna Readers,  I will be gone this weekend and next week to speak at a Pastor's Conference. I will be back to writing and sending out Fresh Manna on Monday April 10th. There is plenty for you to catch up on in the Fresh Manna archives! Thanks for your prayers! I'll be praying for you! ~ Pastor Tim 

There are times when we all feel like they need direction from God. When you need direction badly and you feel like you have none, it can produce almost a numb feeling in you. What do you do in times like this? 
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First, you remember that you are a child of and serve Almighty God who knows the beginning from the end. He knows your tomorrow and all the days ahead. That is the very reason you should look to Him. He knew you before the foundation of the world. It was His plan to lead you to Jesus before He formed this world. Ephesians 1:4 NIV says, "For God chose us in Him (Jesus) before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight." Well, here you are! You know and love Jesus. He knows your tomorrows. He would like you to align your life with the plan that He has for you. But how do you do that? you ask. You first have faith that He has a plan for you. You can’t hear these words from the prophet Jeremiah too often...  “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) 
I know these words bring hope and even comfort but still, what do you do now? Again, have faith in His word, but then know that although you think you have the ability to lead your life, you don’t! You’ll mess it up. Jeremiah 10:23 NIV says, “I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.” Get down on your knees and tell the Lord you are starving for direction. Spend time in His Word and prayer knowing that God often directs your steps through verses of scripture.  Then, while still on your knees, ask the Lord to reveal His greatest priorities needing redirecting in your life right now. You know what they are and He'll confirm it. Some of what God asks you to do, might feel impossible, but if He is asking you to do them, they aren't. Write them,  ask Him to help you, and think about them every day. You want to write them down because you are going to see God to the miraculous in getting you to His plan and purpose for you! 

Learn to keep a pen and some paper or better yet, a journal with you while you are praying. It's important to write down things you think God might be speaking to your heart. You'll find that some of them keep on speaking to you as you reread them later. Other things that you write will have lost their importance beyond the moment. This is powerful training on how to learn to listen to the Lord and know His voice. It's life-changing if you embrace this process. And don't get weird. He speaks to you but don't broadcast it to the world because you won't always be right. Learn to follow His leading and years later, you'll be so thankful you know how to follow after Him. 
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As you learn to seek the Lord, journal thoughts, and pay attention to what you think is His leading you to do (through the scriptures you read), ask the Lord to direct every step you take. Do so and you will continue to move forward in His plan and purpose for your life. Ask Him to bless you, give you favor with others, and direct your steps as you work toward priorities He gives you! Remain focused and diligently work on your God-given priorities incorporating them with your necessary day-to-day activities. Then have faith that He will help you.
People want direction from God to be quick, clear, and instant. Sorry, but God doesn't work that way. He leads you step-by-step. He is teaching you obedience and building faith and character in you. All this happens over time or it doesn't happen at all! The Lord cares about your life being significant. He brings purpose to your life as you live for Him. Make this verse the promise of your heart that you cling to and say to Jesus throughout the day and every day. Thank you Lord that you are leading me according to the promise of your word in Psalm 37:23 that says, “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives.” 

Remember that life is full of  seemingly mundane tasks and obligations that are just a part of life. Everyone experiences those. But when you walk by faith trusting that God is involved in the details of your life and you are seeking Him in prayer and reading His word, AND, you are not only listening, but writing down His priorities and things He leads you to do, then you will experience direction from Him. You will often see small signs affirming that you are following God’s direction for you! When that happens, the icky, numb feeling will begin to leave and excitement in seeing God’s hand will lift you up! And you'll know that God is leading you in the master-plan He has for your life! 

Psalm 37:23 (NLT) The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives.
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We All Have Times That We Need Good Godly Counsel

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever watched someone you sincerely care for, make bad decisions? It can feel painful and difficult because you don’t really have the entrance to say anything unless they come to you and ask you what you think. They might tell you about decisions they are making but not ask for your input.  It might look like they are about to drive off a cliff.  At times like this, when do you say something and when do keep your mouth shut? Good question but not so easy to answer.

If you begin to read the New Testament you will see there are four gospels. Why did Jesus give us four gospels? Why did He give us four stories to view His life, His Words, and His ministry from? The answer is simple. No one person can see all that's needed to be seen. When we read the four gospels, it sometimes seems like they are slightly different in what they say. Many attack the scriptures saying they aren't accurate for that reason. Does that mean they contradict each other? No! It means the view becomes more accurate through the four perspectives each inspired by God. As 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true..." 

When police arrive at a crime seen, they will often take the testimony of many witnesses. They do so because they know that each person naturally focuses on what is of interest to them. As the stories are told, they can seem to conflict with each other when in fact—it's all the stories together that give a more accurate picture. This is why it's so important in making decisions to stand back and get a bigger perspective and get counsel from those that are best suited to give it.Prov 11:14 (NIV) says, "For lack of counsel and wisdom people fail, but many advisers make victory sure."

Most people avoid counsel from those they think will oppose what they desire to do. That's sad because that's why so many people do make bad decisions and end up in places or situations they come to regret. Quite often the people they avoid are the people who know them best, or are best qualified to help them.

Whether you realize this or not, God is always there to give us a more accurate view of what we cannot see clearly. He wants to help us in every situation and lead us in a godly path toward successful results. He’s most likely to do that through the counsel of His Word and the leading of His Holy Spirit. Because of the pain of adverse circumstances, we too often shut down and quit looking to hear from God. God doesn't stop trying to reach and help us. He sends laborers of many kinds to attempt to speak into our lives. It may be something you hear from the pulpit, or online. It may be through a book, a friend, or a counselor. God will try to get His wisdom to you some how! You'll see and hear it if you keep your walls down! God will find a way to speak into your life. But if your heart isn't open, you won't hear. If you don't want to hear what you don't like, then even if you do hear, you won't listen.

Finally, if you go get counsel but haven't made up your mind to respect the fact that others can observe your situation from the outside and help you see what you've not been able to see yourself, then it will do you no good.

It’s very easy to become exasperated when those you love won’t listen to good counsel. It happened to Samuel regarding God’s people. Even so, Samuel adopted a good attitude of not giving up on God’s people. Samuel said in 1 Samuel 12:23 (NLT) "As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right."

Samuel spoke with the same heart that any of us do when we see a bad situation coming down the road for someone we care about. We try to warn them, but they don't listen. His attitude was what all of ours should be. It's not an I told you so attitude. Things may turn out just as you warned someone. Even so, you have to love them, and continue to pray for them.

Anyone can be guilty of shunning good counsel, it’s important to keep in a place where you can stay sensitive to hear from God. Be quick to get on your knees and repent when you've shut others out from speaking into your life. Then your heart can hear from God. Don't go to get counsel from just your best friend who is biased toward you and will lean toward speaking what you want to hear. Get views and perspectives from those that have earned your respect and most importantly, that have a track record of success in the area of counsel you need. Then commit that you will listen and act upon that counsel with a determination to succeed, whether it's hard or not, and whether it hurts or not. God will help you. Your victories are His desire and He is the Counselor of Counselors. But you have to be seeking and willing to listen!

James 1:5-8 (NIV) "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Part Two: Will My Children Walk with God?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Oh the challenges of the Christian parent that has to watch their adult child go through the stage of figuring out what they believe. You no longer have the right or say in their life that you did when they were younger growing up under your guidance. They are adults and you have to develop a real friendship with them the same as you would with anyone else. That's the only way they will listen to you without shutting you out. If you preach at or yell at or condemn them, they will shut you out. Yet you can’t stand to see them make wrong choices or decisions.  Welcome to God’s world. He feels the same way about us, yet He doesn’t interfere or manipulate us. (If you’ve been told He does, you’ve been told wrong.) He doesn’t want us to make wrong choices. He wants us to draw near to Him and walk in His grace and guidance. Yet, sometimes you just do your own thing. And so do your children!

So, what’s the answer?  Let me give you four areas to anchor your faith and heart on!

First, set your heart like flint that love never fails. Your words my fail. Your approach to loving your children my fail. Love might look like it sometimes fails, but it doesn’t. Ultimately God's love will do its work. God's love does not manipulate. It is truthful, yet appropriate and kind. God's love speaks encouragement, and is full of faith. God's love gives you the right thing to say and the right way to say it or it's not to be said. If you care about your children's love for God, and you should, then these years will teach you how walk God's love-walk like no other. You have to love your children during these years whether it’s a long duration or short. And even if they drive you crazy! Speak good over them. Don't make them part of your gossip to friends in the name of prayer. Call things that aren’t as though they are!  

Secondly, you have to pray for them daily with sincere and true heart faith—not out of fear! Believe that God is working to draw them to Himself. Your prayers will cover them and protect them as much as possible, and in more ways than you can imagine. In most cases, God will use someone else to be the voice of reason and anointing to get through to them. Pray for the laborers that God sends across their path. They are working for you! And pray against the demonic forces trying to blind their eyes from the truth of God's love. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV) “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”  Pray that the angelic host of Heaven will surround them during this time. Hebrews 1:14 (NIV) “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”  

Third, show emotional stability! You cannot afford to blow it by letting them drag your emotions into their muddy pit. Sometimes in this searching stage, they get obnoxious, cruel, manipulative, and make seemingly horrible choices. They will want resources without accountability.If they want their own life, release them to it. If they want things from you, don't be manipulative. Think hard and have peace in how you help them or don't. Just show love, not emotions in the process. And don't let them tie your love to your resources. Establish clear boundaries for yourself. Don’t say or do what you will regret, and don’t let them drag your emotions and actions into that place. You are the mature adult right? So keep your emotions in check. Show the love of Jesus the best you are able. Keep in mind that one day they will show up, say they are sorry, and have come to their senses as did the prodigal son.  

Finally, don’t you yourself live a hypocritical Christian lifestyle. Your children and the world are watching you! Don’t be a Pharisee and don’t be judgmental. Just live your life in a Christ-like way that you hope they might be proud of and desire to emulate!  

In conclusion: remember that as much as you love your children, Jesus loves them more and is working through your prayers behind the scenes! Love and prayer are two incomparable forces surpassing all others! 

1 Corinthians 13:8 & 8 (NIV) “Love never fails… and now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Will My Children Walk With God? Part One

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I've often been asked for prayer by parents who are very concerned and distraught over their adult children. They did their best to raise their children to know and love the Lord, but now struggle as they watch them seemingly go astray from the life of Christ they were raised in. Why would that be? Doesn't the word of God promise us, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it?" Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) 

The answer is yes! That is a promise of God and one that our faith must remain anchored in despite what we see our children doing!

As children become young adults and enter into the world without you by their side, they find themselves amongst the non-religious, atheists, and lovers of false gods. Each of those them have their own personal view of God and often challenge the belief system of Christians. The debates go back and forth and most young adults have not prepared themselves with the sound biblical answers to support the kinds of questions that come at them. They too often end up feeling foolish and realize, they don’t even really know what they believe, or why. They have grown up in your faith but haven't really grown in their own personal belief system.   

Every individual needs to experience the Lord for his or herself—including your children. You may be like Renee and I. We know our children had real experiences in the Lord growing up. We began training them as toddlers. As teenagers, during our family devotional time, they would often share their hearts on scriptures that they had read. They'd share powerful insights that ministered to our hearts. There was no question as to whether they were hearing from God. Renee and I would often rejoice in prayer, thanking God for the things He was teaching them.  

As each of our children became young adults, they had to come to grips with owning their own faith. They were no longer under our direct parental authority. They would now make their own life decisions and decide for themselves what they believed. They were challenged in college and in the workplace by peers who had little or no faith. They would have to learn to answer their own questions and live for the Lord from their own volition, not from pressure from Renee and I. I particularly remember my son-in-law and questions he would get from a college professor, and my youngest son being challenged by secular college peers. They would ask to sit down with me and go through the scriptures to learn how to answer questions. What a great experience and growth period that was for all of us! It reminded me of the verse Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV) "As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend." 

When children follow God because they are afraid of you or don't want to disappoint you, they end up with religion. What do I mean they ‘end up with religion'?  When children are pressured to have a religious life because you want them to, they end up going through motions just to please you and others. They don’t do so out of a love for God or out of a personal relationship with Jesus. They end up being religious—that is, going through religious motions while living a worldly lifestyle—two things that should be contradictory! The world is full of religion and that is why the non-religious world thinks the religious world is so hypocritical.  They see religious people professing to love God, yet their lifestyle contradicts that truth as they live as worldly as anyone without God. We don’t want that to happen to our children. We want them to know and love God because they believe and embrace Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, and the Word of God as their own living truth to guide their life choices.  So how can we help them do that? I'll tell you tomorrow....  

Today, remember that although they will always be your children, when they are adults, you don't get to control them or tell them what to do. You do and did your part when they were children. As adults you turned them back over to the Lord. Today, know in your heart that you've given them back to the Lord and they are His to lead and guide. And pray this prayer over them with great sincerity and faith daily! Pray... Thank you Lord that  "All my children shall be taught by you LORD, And great shall be their peace." Isaiah 54:13 (NKJV) Have faith in God's love working in their lives! Always!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Make Your Life Count for God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


James 4:14 says, “…What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.“ There are times in our life where we reflect and think about how fast life goes by. The older you get, the more you experience this thought!

In one of David's intimate times with the Lord we see him reflecting on this thought and sorting out what is really important in life from what's not!  Psalm 39:4-7 NLT, “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. My life is no longer than the width of my hand. An entire lifetime is just a moment to you; human existence is but a breath." We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for someone else to spend. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you..." 

God will bring you to a point in your life where you will reflect how fast life goes by. He wants us to focus on what is truly important. He wants to remind us that the things we often give too much importance to, mock us later when we discover that they weren’t. They distract us from the plan of God.

Renee and I try often to reflect on what is important and what we believe God wants us to accomplish in our time here on earth. By doing so, we sort out priorities from distractions and get focused on what's important. When we do that, we strengthen our love for each other and our marriage.

Our lives are dedicated to finding ways to help people learn of Jesus' saving grace and of the depth of His love for them. Getting off track is not an option.

We will count our days reflecting on the big picture so that we can do our best to stay in the will of God. We want our life to count for Him. We want to encourage others to discover why He put them on this earth so that they also can live purpose-driven lives.

If you haven't figured out how fast life goes by yet, I promise you, you will! Life on earth goes so very fast. Eternity for Jesus will last forever. Being an extension of His love in this earth can and in many cases will affect other's lives forever. Understand that, adjust your life accordingly, and you will honor God and bless others and yourself, for all eternity.

Psalms 86:11 (NLT) "Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Spoon That Feeds…

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The Spoon That Feeds…  (Author Unknown) 

A man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like."
The Lord led the man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the man's mouth water.
long spoonThe people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.
The Lord said, "You have seen Hell."
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The man said, "I don't understand."
"It is simple" said the Lord, "it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other. While the greedy think only of themselves."
Gal 5:13 “For you have been called to live in freedom--not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Finding the Grace & Strength to Get You Through!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Are you a Christian that knows the importance of prayer? Have you ever had one of those seasons when your prayer-life felt a little dry? When a dry or a fading prayer-life becomes your reality, its time to wake yourself up! There are many reasons people's prayer-life goes in the tank. One is a busy life. The problem with most busy lives is not busy itself. It's a mismanagement of your priorities and time. Two plus hours for TV or a newspaper or social media but not 30 minutes for some Bible reading and prayer? That is a mismanagement of your priorities.

Discouragement is another reason for a fading prayer-life. Discouragement is usually based on temporal negative circumstances that take over your thought-life and feelings. Discouragement happens because you've forgotten your authority in prayer through Christ. Discouragement happens because you created an expectation for how your wanted your prayers answered, instead of trusting God through your prayers for the big picture. Discouragement happens because you've focused on what the devil is trying to do to destroy your life, instead of knowing where God wants to lead you in life.

Jesus knew better than to let that happen so let's look to His example and be refreshed in exactly why we can’t let our prayer life be stolen from us. I want to show you a day in the life of Jesus.

Matthew 14:9-13 NIV "King Herod was distressed… he ordered... John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter… John's disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus. When Jesus heard what had happened, He withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place."

Jesus lost a friend who was also His cousin. He went to be alone and regroup and pray but life didn't stop and give Him time to grieve. People still needed Him. People still wanted things from Him. People still pulled on Him. Ever have that happen to you? You feel in the pits but people aren't thinking of your well-being? They are thinking of themselves and need you! Jesus' day continued...

Matthew 14: 13-14 NLT "... But the crowds heard where Jesus was headed and followed on foot from many towns... and when He saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick." They weren't thinking of Jesus or the loss He had experienced. They wanted Him and the touch of His healing power for their life.  And this was no small crowd or small task. It took much of the day. What got Him through? Prayer!

His day didn't end there. Matthew 14: 15-21 NIV "As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food." Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." "We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered. "Bring them here to me," he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve baskets full of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children." 

This was a normal day for Jesus but to us it seems like a marathon. How could He continue to give so much of Himself? He did not have an advantage over us. He put Himself in the role of Jesus as a man, stripped of His divinity and living by faith as He taught us to. He eliminated His divine advantages. He lived by faith which is fed through the Word of God AND PRAYER—just like we are to! Jesus constantly went in His heart to His Father, in thanksgiving and prayer for grace and strength. How did Jesus end this marathon day that started out with the death of His beloved cousin? Matthew 14:23 "...After Jesus had dismissed His disciples, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray..."

Life didn't stop and give Him time to grieve for John, or rest from people needing Him. Because Jesus prayed, God could work through Him. Even though His heart hurt over the personal loss of His beloved cousin John, even though He was weary and exhausted, even though He had to have wanted to just crash, rest, and zone out, instead He prayed. When we pray and seek God's grace and strength like Jesus did, then we can be used to speak His words of life and touch people's lives with His healing touch. We can be used to bring encouragement and faith to others. We can find the grace to press through life's discouragement like a warrior!

You may not be out preaching like Jesus, but you are surrounded by family, co-workers, and by people needing the love of God from you without thinking about what you need.


Jesus gave His life for us, AND to be an example to us. Prayer was the bridge of faith that grace and strength crossed over. It will revitalize your purpose and strength bringing refreshing and grace to press through with joy! Prayer is not a place to drift from. It's something to yearn for and yield to. The lives of many including your own, depend upon it! Don’t let discouragement render you ineffective. Pray and let God refresh and empower you!

Luke 18:1 (NLT) "One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, March 20, 2017

A Story of God's Protection

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Psalm 91:11 (NKJV) "For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways."

His Promise of Protection
Author Unknown

Diane, a young university student home for summer break, had gone to visit her some of her close friends. As they caught up on each other’s life, afternoon quickly became night time.

She ended up staying much longer than she had planned and now had to walk back home in the dark. She wasn't afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away.

As she walked along under the tall elm trees, Diane began to pray and ask the Lord to keep her safe from harm and danger. Desiring to get home hurriedly, she decided to take a short cut through an alley. Halfway down the alley she noticed a man standing at the end as though he were waiting for her.

She became uneasy but continued to pray thanking God for always watching over her and surrounding her with His angels. As she prayed, a comforting feeling of quietness and security wrapped around her as though someone was walking with her. When she reached the end of the alley, she walked right past the man and arrived home safely.

The following day, she read in the newspaper that a young girl had been raped in the same alley just twenty minutes after she had walked through it. Feeling overwhelmed by this tragedy and the fact that it could have been her, she began to weep and thank the Lord for her safety.

She knew she had to do something to help this young woman to she decided to go to the police station. She felt she could recognize the man, so she told them her story. The police asked her if she would be willing to look at a lineup to see if she could identify the man. She agreed and immediately pointed out the man she had seen in the alley the night before. When the man was told he had been identified, he immediately broke down and confessed.

The officer thanked Diane for her bravery and asked if there was anything they could do for her. She asked if they would ask the man one question. Diane was curious as to why he had not attacked her. When the policeman asked him, he answered, “Because she wasn't alone. She had two tall men walking on either side of her."

Psalms 34:7 (NIV) The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and He delivers them.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Reaching the World Starts Somewhere

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I know this is the place I normally write Fresh Manna for you, but today, I just wanted to update you with Renee and my efforts to touch the world with Fresh Manna through Tim & Renee Burt Ministries.

Update: March 2017. It's been a while since our last update, so here it is.  In January, through Fresh Manna and Twitter, our numbers peaked at our highest levels ever for reaching people. Literally millions of people each day. Fresh Manna Daily Devotions has reached 213 countries so far. I've always understood how my devotions would touch people's hearts, but would have never believed that writing a tweet of 140 characters (letters, punctuation, spaces combined equaling about a sentence and a half in length) could impact people so powerfully. It has catapulted my writing efforts beyond my wildest imagination. When I started writing, 17 years ago, I would have never imagined God would use us in this way. But by being obedient to write 4 times a week, and tweeting daily, this is our current result. I have been able to lead people to the Lord, watch them get delivered from pornography, drugs, and other forms of bondage. And I've watched people learn God's Word and grow in the Lord. They write me to tell me!  I hope you are one of those people! So I am continuing to write my devotions and tweets to reach the world - and it is happening to the glory of God!  If you've ever benefited from all this, I pray you'll consider helping us! 

Renee is soon taking a group of women to Peru to do missions work in the church, orphanage, and amongst the Peruvian people.  This will be her second trip there in the past eight months. They always have a powerful impact and feel their lives are changed as much as the ones they are helping! 

My daughter, her husband and their two daughters are missionaries in Peru and have a powerful influence in Peru. You can learn more about them here: The G's Overseas.  It's been a very difficult time for them recently. Lima, Peru is one of the largest cities (in population) in the world and a developing third world country.  It is a very dry, dusty, desert city with over 8 million people. The average rainfall  is 0.3 inches of rain per year - almost none!  They have had huge rainfalls in the past week and it's caused mudslides around the country. People and their homes have been swept away. Water has been shut off. Electricity has been shut off for periods of time, and the flooding has caused unimaginable problems. Getting clean drinking water is a current challenge. This is a very short video to give you an idea.  We are sending down money and some supplies shortly to help. This is our first area of outreach for Tim and Renee Burt Ministries beyond reaching people with the gospel through Fresh Manna.

I would like to remind you that Renee and I take zero income from the funds that come in. It all goes to the work of the ministry so you can feel great about your donations doing a good work. Because of what is going on in Peru, in the orphanage, and in our efforts to spread the gospel through Fresh Manna and Twitter, we hope you will consider our efforts good soil for your donations to reap a harvest. I assure you they will.  For those that have contributed, thank you for believing in us, and for uniting with us to make a difference in reaching the world for Jesus. I know it blesses the heart of God and those whose lives are blessed and changed!  If you would like to donate, you can donate here.  Above all things, please pray for our efforts in reaching the lost with the gospel, the saved with words to encourage them in pressing into God, and for the Peruvian people as we reach them with the love of Jesus.  Proverbs 11:25 " A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."

Mark 16:15 (NKJV) "And Jesus said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Day We Have Come To!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The Interview
(Author Unknown)

After being interviewed for a new job by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:

Let me see if I've got this right ...

Picture of school teacherYou want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.

You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.

You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.

You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.

You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.

You want me to do all this and then you tell me. . . I CAN'T PRAY?!

I don't think so.

Lamentations 3:40 "Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the LORD. Let us lift our hearts and hands To God in heaven."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Powerful Way to Encourage Your Heart

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever looked up in your rear view mirror, or, happened to glance over into the car next to you, and it appears that the person is rocking out to some song? It always puts a smile on my face. I love when someone is uninhibited about something that is good! Especially when it comes to the Lord!

People talk to themselves all the time. We also sing when we are by ourself. I don't know about you, but when no one else is around, I get pretty uninhibited and let it rip! Only the Lord would appreciate my singing. Beyond Him it would make a dog howl! The Lord gets an earful when we have alone time in my car or at home! Even though I am singing to worship Him, it somehow blesses me and lifts me up! God intended for it to be that way!

King David loved to sing to the Lord. He became amazing and anointed at expressing his heart to the Lord in psalms and songs. That is much of what we see in the Psalms. When David would sing to the Lord, he'd often begin to use words describing his current circumstances and emotions. But, he never stopped there. Something happened when he continued. The Spirit of God would remind him of His covenant with God and David would begin to sing about the greatness and faithfulness of God. Those words from his heart and spirit way back then, lift us up and encourage us today!

Ephesians 5:19-20 NKJV says "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...” Did you catch the words?  “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns… singing spiritual songs… singing and making melody in your heart TO THE LORD….. giving thanks… Learning to worship and sing words of thanksgiving to God from your heart can be a continuing and awesome way to share your thanks to the Lord. He is truly worthy of this sacrifice of praise! And, if you haven't experienced this yet, you'll find out that worshipping and praising the Lord lifts your heart to a better place. And, don't forget this Biblical truth: praise quiets your mind and emotions, it helps you detach from the cares of this world, and stills the voice of the enemy of your soul!

I started to make up and sing songs of thanks to the Lord from my heart years ago. Being a song writer is not a goal. Having anyone else ever hear what I sing is not a goal. In truth, that would be a distraction. Then I’d be focused on writing a song rather than worshiping the Lord and just letting it happen with the help of the Holy Spirit. I sing to the Lord from my heart frequently. It becomes more and more natural as you do it, and it actually becomes more beautiful over time. The ways in which it draws you close to the Lord and transforms your heart is beyond words! Music is the creation of God to lift the soul. Although Satan has perverted it to take our mind and emotions where they should not go, worshipping and praising God is how we capture God’s creative purpose back. It is truly one of life’s most powerful tools for lifting your heart to a good place in God. That is why I am so careful of the music and words I allow in my heart—because of its power and effect on my soul—my mind and emotions.
You may have not yet discovered this blessing yet but it's something to add to your Christian experience. It will only get better as you mature in the Lord. If feel you are not musically inclined in any way, there are so many sources of godly Christian worship music available. Find one that lifts you up and begin to sing with it. It won’t take long before you see the effect that it has on your heart, even though it’s directed to the Lord. Don't stop there. Once you feel comfortable singing songs of worship to the Lord, begin to sing to him in your own words. It’s powerful!

Why else should we experience it? Because it’s our future destiny! All of God’s children will spend eternity worshipping Jesus, the King of Glory! Revelation 5:9 NLT “And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

Take a risk. Ask the Lord to help you! Sing to Him when you are all alone. You’ll be surprised what happens! It will bless Him and it will lift you up!

Psalm 89:1 "I will sing of the LORD's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, March 13, 2017

When We Feel Dirty, God Washes Us Righteous!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Here in Minnesota, our springs can be tricky. Just about the time the snow is gone, we can be blanketed with a late snow like we were last night. That’s hard to take but if you were looking for an upside to it, it would be the beauty of it—the covering of pure virgin-white snow. The trees, especially the pines, glisten white. Almost everywhere you look you see a breathtakingly beautiful majestic picture of fresh, snow. Because of the lateness of the season and Spring coming, the temperatures warm up quickly and the snow melts reasonably fast. What comes after that is about the opposite of what I just described. As the snow melts, the accumulated litter from the entire winter can be seen everywhere. It reminds me of how we feel when we lose sight of the fact that God has forgiven our sins through Jesus Christ.

When we drift away from the Lord and begin to become sloppy in thoughts, words and behaviors—when we let some of the sinful ways we turned from, creep back in, suddenly we don't feel so right with God and the devil is there to accuse us and cry hypocrite and fake! It is in those times that we forget about His robe of righteousness that He, by His doing, chose to place upon the ones who would receive Jesus as their Savior.

God's robe of righteousness covers our sins and shortcomings like a fresh blanket of pure white snow covers the litter on the ground. It helps us not to see our own human imperfections and failings. Isaiah 61:10 NKJV says, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness…” And Isaiah 1:18 NKJV says, “Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

Here’s an interesting observation about this last verse. The Lord is saying, “Come now, let us reason together.” Another translation says it like this: "Come now, let us argue this out," says the Lord. "No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool.”

Can you comprehend that the Lord has to argue with us about this? That because Jesus died for us and we’ve received Him as Savior—He has washed our sins away and made us as white as snow in His eyes? Its true! The hardest thing for any person to believe is that God would be this kind to them and do this for them just for repenting and turning their life over to Him. It’s hard for people to believe that because we see the litter—our own imperfections and faults and sinful behaviors we are working to overcome.

It is for this reason, I always tell people, Don't run from God when you are struggling, run to Himeven in the very moment of sin! When we stop and think about the depth of this kind of undeserved love and what Jesus bore in suffering so that He could clothe us with His robe of righteousness, then drawing near to Him out of love, overcomes the desire to run from Him in shame. He put this robe of righteousness upon us so that when He looked at us, He would see someone who was made pure before Him. We know only too well of the litter under our robe and the help of the Holy Spirit we need, but we also need to grasp the power of His righteousness as a gift of His love. Jesus, by His own doing, chooses to see the robe and righteousness that He paid with His blood—for you! This is an awesome revelation of the gift of His love for you!

It is and always will be our ongoing challenge to become more Christ-like. That is a life-long process. We must let the depth of His love motivate us to embrace His Word and let it change our thinking and behavior, and transform us to be more like Christ-like. As we sincerely run to the Lord, confess our sin, and lean on the Holy Spirit to become Christ-like, our conscience is washed again and again. Our spirit has already been cleansed but our sorrow and repentance cleanses our conscience and refreshes our heart and mind in the depth of His love. When we live in the spirit of thankfulness for God’s gift of righteousness, our thankfulness will actually translate into spiritual strength and desire to live more righteously. Let’s be thankful to the Lord and not argue with His mercy and kindness. Let’s simply praise Him for making us as beautiful as a majestically pure white snowfall washed in His love. And do our best to live uprightly for Him!

Psalm 117:2 “For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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