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Friday, July 21, 2017

What All Societies Need: A Moral Foundation

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by Pastor Tim Burt


On August 6, 2012, a 19-year-old man, Kirani James win Grenada's first medal in Olympic history, winning the gold medal in the men's 400 meter event. This fine young man had represented his country in more than just sports and track. He had shown Olympian character throughout everything he had done. I am not putting him on a pedestal that no person can live up to. That place is for Jesus alone. But I am always appreciative of those have obtained the stature of role models and actually are a great one for any person to view and learn from. We need them more than ever in this dark world.

In contrast to this, the world's media—television, movies, and every form of media that is now at the finger tips of an ever-increasing number of people in this world, is getting darker and darker with each year that passes. Every year television and media try to redefine what normal is in this world. Many of the cable networks have had a profanity free-for-all because of leeway given them through a recent judicial rulings. Congresspeople and Senators doing little to nothing about it because too few people speak out regarding it.

Almost all television and movie networks have made homosexuality the norm. They and the celebrities are the leading influence upon the world in areas like this and have made anyone that disagrees with them "a hater." The government has made laws prosecuting anyone who disagrees with homosexuality as normal and okay. The move is now on to get the Bible out of every from of government and education system. The long term goal is to delegitimize the Bible with some leading the charge that its a book of hatred and not love—that and rewriting it with new interpretation. Trust me, the illegitimate prophets of these efforts will appear more and more in the days and years to come.
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. There is no such thing as acceptable sin of any kind!

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 the help of the Holy Spirit daily! Only Jesus' 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! It's 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 and disease, or nature. That is what the corruption of sin that has defiled this world does. It surrounds us all, and it's greed, lewdness, and lust affect and steal from our lives!

God is reaching the hearts of all mankind in countless ways—all from a heart of mercy and goodness—not judgement. When His goodness and blessings touch our life, they make us thankful. Romans 2:4 says, "... that the goodness of God leads you to repentance." This world was never created by God 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!

We are now living in a time where the general population is calling evil good and good evil. This 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 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness or light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."

Today, I want you simply to understand this: God’s will and instruction for how societies and culture are to live are given only to us through God’s word. His word and ways will 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. At the same time, in loving people, do not build a tolerance for evil behaviors out of those relationships. That can and does happen when you love people. That is why God says we must be equally yoked. Oppose evil so it will not consume you. Oppose it by being honest about what is right and wrong, but not being judgmental. You can be honest when asked and still show the love of God. You may be persecuted, but Jesus warned us of that. Be a light to a dark world.  And don't accept sinful or wrong behaviors or attitudes in your own life! As we see them, we must be honest with God and expose them by confessing them to Him and asking for His forgiveness and 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 societies laws and culture. Do what you can to prevent it from ever become the normal!

Proverbs 16:12 (MSG) "Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

God's Life-Transforming Power Working in You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was a boy, I was curious as are most boys are. I stuck my sister’s bobby pin into an electrical socket to see what would happen. By the grace of God, it only knocked my on my butt. I learned how powerful electricity was.

When I was a young man, I was body surfing in the ocean and got caught and pulled in an undertow that almost drowned me. By the grace of God, while I was in the moment, I suddenly remembered something someone told me to do if that situation ever happened. I did it and got out of the undertow and barely made it back to shore. I learned how powerful the waves of the ocean were.

When I was 24 years old, I learned how powerful God's word was! I was heading down a path of destruction. I had become an alcoholic and drug addict. I had only had one dry day (where I wasn’t drunk or high) in four years. Someone showed me from the Word of God that Jesus saved me from my sins and I could experience that forgiveness if I would receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior. I did. My sins were forgiven. The Holy Spirit came to indwell in me and my life began to change immediately. A very short time later I heard a Pastor preaching from God’s Word about how we are the temple of God’s Holy Spirit and that we were not to pollute it. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 NIV says, “Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” Prior to that I had never read a Bible and didn’t know what God wanted me to do. When I saw these words, they went off in me like a siren. I went home, dumped my drugs and booze in the toilet and never used either again. That was 40 years ago. God had completely removed the desire from me. From that day on, I only wanted to love and please God. It was that day I learned just how powerful the Word of God was. It could change the entire direction of my life and did!

The Word of God is powerful! Hebrews 4:12 NKJV says, “For the word of God is quick (meaning alive) and powerful (meaning active and effective) and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” This meaning that God’s Word cuts through our self deceits, our rationalizing, and through the myths and lies we grew up believing. It gets us to God’s truth!
His powerful Word tells us that He knew and loved and planned to redeem us from this fallen world before He even made the world we know. He wouldn’t control us but He would work to influence our heart and reach us with the knowledge of His love and lead us in paths of blessing. If you look back in your life, you can see places where God has saved your life and protected you. He wants you to know His will and that He wants you as His child. You can see all this in these verses in Ephesians 1:4-5 (NLT.) “Long ago, even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure.”

His powerful Word also reveals that from the beginning, He wanted to show us how to live our lives so that we would be blessed and protected from the corruption that is in this world. He would be our Father. He would give us His Word to live by. And He would bless us. That would make us stand out to the rest of the world and cause them to pay attention and desire our blessing. Does that seem too good to be true? It’s not! You see it here in Deuteronomy 28:10 (NLT,) ”Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you.”  God's promise started with Abraham and his seed—the Jews, and then through Jesus Christ, became His will for us also as seen here in Galatians 3:29 (NLT,) "And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you." That’s powerful!

This verse is saying that the blessing God promised Abraham reaches all the way into our life through Jesus Christ today! As you read the following verses, you can see God's desire to bless and empower us. Most people don't think in terms of flocks and sheep today but that's not the point. These blessing have to do with our livelihood. They apply to our livelihood today.

Deuteronomy 28:1-10 (NLT) “If you fully obey the Lord your God by keeping all the commands I am giving you today, the Lord your God will exalt you above all the nations of the world. You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in your towns and in the country. You will be blessed with many children and productive fields. You will be blessed with fertile herds and flocks. You will be blessed with baskets overflowing with fruit, and with kneading bowls filled with bread. You will be blessed wherever you go, both in coming and in going. "The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven! "The Lord will bless everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land He is giving you. "If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in His ways, the Lord will establish you as His Holy people as He solemnly promised to do. Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you.”

Can you see how powerful these words are IF YOU BELIEVE THEM?! First, Jesus must become your personal Lord and Savior. You simply and sincerely ask Jesus from your heart to be your Lord and Savior and to forgive all your sins. The second you do, forgiveness comes, your sins are washed away, and the Holy Spirit comes to live within you. You will begin to see life through God's eyes. Then engage in a life of learning to obey and put God’s Word first place in your life. That is a process that will extent through your entire life! When you blow it, God is still with you! Just ask Him to forgive you and move forward. God’s Holy Spirit is the power to help you. As you read God's Word it will powerfully speak to and transform who you are. Everything about God is good, powerful, and full of blessing and He will lead you through His Word. And that is why He wants us to base our lives on His Powerful Life-changing Word!

Psalms 119:89  "Your Word is eternal O Lord. It stands firm in heaven"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

God's Powerful Life-changing Word!

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by Pastor Tim Burt




Many people have grown up in a church whose service was for the most part, the experience of religious repetition. Let me explain that. The majority of the elements of the service were the same and repeated at each service. Much of what was said was ritual; not necessarily understood nor did it do much if anything to engage one’s thought processes. Verbal responses were known by heart and repeated whether mentally engaged or not.  Few if any understood what the hymns they sang over and over meant. Few understood what the words meant to the author when written and what they should mean to them as they sang them. All this resulting in more mindless participation and ritual. For those that loved to sing them, it was more about the joy of singing than a passion for the meaning of the words of worship to God. So, when I say that many people grew up in the framework of a religious repetition, I mean something you did that was about God but seldom engaged your heart and mind. I know that many good people were brought up in this kind of religious framework.


Can you imagine going out on a date with someone who spoke another language but did not speak yours? It might be cute and fun—even romantic for a short time, but the novelty of it would fade fast. Engaging in thought, word, and in deed is critical to any good and intimate relationship.

Can you imagine going out on a date when you really didn’t want to yet did so repeatedly? How engaged would you and could you be? And would it be for the purpose dates  are supposed to be about? Again maybe in the beginning you could be polite and talk about a few things, but after a short time, because you being there was out of duty and obligation, you’d burn out.

God never meant for our times of coming together to worship Him in church to be religious repetition that led to us mentally checking out. He never meant for us to say, sing, or do things that we did not understand in our worship of Him. To the contrary, coming together to worship God was to be a time to learn of Him, and of His immeasurable love toward us\. It was meant to be a time of learning His life-changing Word that represents His will for us, and to pray prayers of sincere faith with confidence that He would hear them and answer them. Jesus wanted to correct that kind of thinking and mindless action and prayer. We see Him in Matthew 6:7 NKJV say, “But when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.” The Greek word for “repetitions” is a word that means to prate tediously. “Prate” means to talk excessively and pointlessly implying without thought or from the heart . It means to babble or speak empty words—words without thought and heart behind them.

Jesus taught His listeners to get away from mindless and repetitious prayer with God. He wants our minds to be renewed to His Word knowing what He is like or what He wants. Romans 12:2 (NIV) says, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."

God's Word is to be the basis for knowing Him. God isn't pleased with religious actions and words disengaged from your mind and heart.  If you are doing, saying, or singing things that you don't understand, it's time to engage your heart and mind. It's time to ask questions or research the heart of what is being taught, sung, or prayed. Don't allow yourself to feel stupid for asking questions and learning. God's word teaches that learning is fundamental and critical. It takes time. Learning to engage your heart and mind intimately with God is life-changing!  Be a part of a church that teaches the Bible and how to live according to the scriptures. Listen to sermons that are Biblical, relevant to life's experience, and that help you lean on God's grace and the help of the Holy Spirit for the strength to live for Him. Sit under teaching that helps you understand the immeasurable love of Jesus Christ and the salvation and blessing He's promised to you!

Jesus taught His followers God's heart in the scriptures. He wasn't interested in religious mindless activity. He came to help them know and see the Father through His eyes and His life so that they could love and worship God in Spirit and truth. Jesus wanted their time with God to be a time of intimacy and instruction while being infused with life and power. He did not want His Words to be dead, mysterious, irrelevant outdated words on a page, but words of life and power that were relevant for today.

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

When God says His Word is “quick” that word literal means alive. It means that His word that will speak to you. It also says it’s “powerful” literally meaning that it’s active and effective. That means that the Word of God is alive, effective, powerful and has the ability to speak to and influence change within our heart. No wonder the devil wants God’s Word shrouded in religious talk and not understood. He does not want it to change our life.

The last part of this verse talks about it being “sharper than any two-edged sword…” The literal Greek is painting the picture of something so sharp that it slices to the core with one cut vs. a knife that is dull and you have to hack away to make a cut. It reminds me of a expressions I heard many times growing up. Cut the crap. Quit beating around the bush. Get to the point!  The Word of God cuts through the lies our heart has been infected by and brings the illumination and truth of life we all seek for. The Holy Spirit uses it to help us see truth and life through God's eyes!

When spending time reading your Bible, ask the Lord to have His Holy Spirit to teach you and speak to you through His Word. You'll learn quickly that He will! He will bring words of life and hope. He will also bring correction and instruction. His motive is love and to lead you into a life filled with His peace and blessing. Let God's powerful word speak to your heart today!

Luke 4:4 (NKJV) But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.' "

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 17, 2017

God's Grace for Noah and For You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I was recently reading about the story of Noah. It's one of those stories that most everyone has been exposed to—even if they aren't Bible readers. It's a story that by God's design, is supposed to create a sense of soberness and caution in our hearts. It's also supposed to create a sense of urgency in our calling to help others know the Lord! Every time I read this to my children, and now to my grandchildren, that warning and urgency refills my heart!

In the story, God had told Noah that a great flood was coming that would destroy mankind—with the exception of Noah and his family. What was mankind like at that time that was so bad that God would bring this kind of judgment? It’s important to know! Why? Because Jesus said that when He would return for us, that the spirit and attitude of men would be like that again—"as it was in Noah's day."

In Matthew 24:37-39 (NLT) Jesus said, "When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah's day. In those days before the Flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn't realize what was going to happen until the Flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.” 

This present age we live in has become so bad, that evenly worldly people think so! There is evil, corruption, and hatred all around the world! Jesus warned us saying “...people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat.” What Jesus wanted us to see is that people had no time for God or for His ways. The people of that day didn't concern themselves with living morally upright and ethical and that will be how it is when Jesus comes back. That is how it is today!

As we dig deeper into the days of Noah, we get greater insight into what the people were like then and before Jesus returns. Genesis 6:5 (NIV) reveals, “The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.”  Other verses indicate there were champions of evil that people saw as heroes. In other words, in the culture of the day, evil was perceived as good or normal, and good was perceived as evil or fanatical and stupid. We've entered into that culture again. Older people today are frustrated. They know how much more moral life used to be in their younger years. They see that the younger generation of today is blind to caring about morality or a deep love for and service to God. The younger generation simply sees those who are older, as out of touch.

God was patient and warned the people of Noah's day. While Noah was building the ark, He was also “a preacher of righteousness.” (2 Peter 2:5) He preached God’s warning for 120 years before the flood came showing God’s patience for mankind to repentance and change. They never did. Noah had many relatives just because of the sheer fact that man was living up to and over the age of 700 years at that time. They all heard his story yet none of them were saved in the ark—only Noah and his family.

Genesis 6:8-9 (NLT) tells us, Noah “...found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”  “Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless man living on earth at the time. He consistently followed God's will and enjoyed a close relationship with Him.”

If you are living for the Lord today, the ungodly will view you as weird, out of touch with the times, delusional, or even fanatical because of your love, faith, and diligent effort to live wholeheartedly for God. The world, including some relatives, will see you as someone that interferes with their fun and ungodly choices. They will hate that just your presence makes them feel guilty. They will hate or despise you or anyone who calls their lifestyle sinful or evil. What you have probably noticed is that the days of Noah are already upon us.

You may feel like Noah in some ways but, I encourage you, keep close to God and don’t get sucked into their moral depravity. Don’t let this world wear you down so that you develop a What’s the use attitude. Don't be drawn away from God and into their lifestyle! Be the lover of God and the preacher of righteousness  in your sphere of influence. It doesn't mean you’ll look like a fanatic condemning everyone. It means you will be a living example of what it means to live passionately for God. It means that as opportunities arise, you will share the love of Jesus with those God brings to you. It means you'll keep yourself in a good Bible-teaching church and atmospheres where you are with like-minded believers that stand and pray with you! And because you do and because of your revelation of what Jesus did at the cross for you, you'll be guided by God's Holy Spirit. Like Noah, you will have found “grace in God's eyes.”

Luke 21:28 (NKJV) "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, July 14, 2017

An Inspirational Story: Almighty God Calling

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by Pastor Tim Burt


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

Almighty God Calling
  by: Author Unknown, 

On a Saturday night several weeks ago, this pastor was working late at Almighty God Tabernacle, his church, and decided to call his wife before he left for home.

It was about 10:00 PM, but his wife didn't answer the phone. The pastor let it ring many times. He thought it was odd that she didn't answer, but decided to wrap up a few things and try again in a few minutes.

When he tried again she answered right away. He asked her why she hadn't answered before, and she said that it hadn't rung at their house. They brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways.

The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office, which was the phone that he'd used that Saturday night. The man that he spoke with wanted to know why he'd called on Saturday night.

The pastor couldn't figure out what the guy was talking about. Then the guy said, "It rang and rang, but I didn't answer."

The pastor remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he'd intended to call his wife.

The man said, "That's OK. Let me tell you my story.

You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, "God, if you're there, and you don't want me to do this, give me a sign now."

At that point my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID, and it said, 'Almighty God'. I was afraid to answer."

Romans 10:13 (NIV) "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Don't Let the Devil Lie To You or About You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Do you ever hear voices in your head that are trying to discourage and bring you down? Satan is a full-time liar and accuser. It's what He does all day long. He can't read our minds. He is not God. But he does try to speak to us and get in our head. He does it to tear people down. He does it to bring strife and confusion, He does it to discourage people from believing God loves them! Why? But, Satan's day is coming as we see in  Revelation 12:10. (NIV)  Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down."

There will be a day when all justice will finally be executed once and for all! It will happen in God's timing. Satan and his demonic host will be hurled into the lake of fire and God's justice will be complete. After that, he will never bother anyone again (actually for 1,000 years, but that's another teaching.) But for now God's judgment is reserved because the Lord is still trying to reach as much of mankind to receive Jesus as Savior as possible, and this because of His mercy and grace.

In Revelation 12, Satan is called “the accuser of the brethren.”  His accusations are designed to belittle you and to lift you in pride at the same time. He’ll work to point out every little failure. He'll accuse you of every fault, even when what you do right. He'd like you to feel insecure, even when you appear confident to others! He is a liar and discouragement is one of his greatest tools. He accuses you to make you feel disgusted with yourself. He does so to make you feel unacceptable to God. When you feel disgusted with yourself and unacceptable to God, then he’ll labor to get you to quit God. He'll whisper, You can’t please God so why bother? It's nothing but a bunch of bunk anyway. He’ll work to undermine your relationship with God, luring you to backslide from spending time with God. He’ll lure you away from church, from fellowship with other Christians, from reading your Bible, and from praying. His goal is to get you to live daily without the thought of God guiding you. That is phase one of his plan. 

Then phase two kicks in. He’ll lift you up in pride in order to help you feel better about yourself. He’ll get you to focus on your personal justifications for why you are a good person. He tries to turn all your focus on yourself. Then he’ll work to get you to find fault in everyone else to make you feel better about yourself. This is how the world becomes critical, fault-finding, and learns to hate people.

I have noticed over the years, that no matter how much I do, (and I am one that believes in diligent effort), the devil will still try to whisper that I am not succeeding enough, I don’t do enough, I am not living holy enough for God. And the devil’s whispers go on and on. I have to speak back to him. No devil, my righteousness is not of myself. Jesus is my righteousness. No devil, I work hard, but the grace of God is what helps me bear fruit and succeed. Not my own merit.  No devil, it's you who failed in your pride rejecting God's love. I've received Jesus as my Savior and He is the source of my eternal life and salvation. You will spend your eternity in the lake of fire. I rebuke you in Jesus name. Flee!
The Bible says in Ephesians 1:4 TLB says, “Long ago, even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.” Think about it; God created this plan out of His love to make us not only blameless and without fault His eyes! That is a miraculous plan of love that keeps on going. He then reveals that this was His plan from the beginning, to love us and make us a part of His family. And our righteousness, that's His doing also! He covers us with His robes of righteousness knowing we could not attain being holy and without blemish in ourselves! God’s love toward us was in force before any of us were born. His wonderful plan was and is to bring us into His love.

We read more… Ephesians 1:5 “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure.”

He makes us His children! He then makes great blessing available to us! Ephesians 1:3 says, “How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ.”

Don't let Satan whisper in your ear, against you or anyone else - and especially about God. He is an evil accuser but don't you be. You are God's child. His love and grace is so great and desirous to bless and help us, we only have to know of it, believe, and thank Him for it. On that note, love others and lift them up into the same love that God has toward you – despite the obvious faults we all see! We are not to be like Satan, the accuser of others. We are to be like Jesus, the bearer of His Good News, His forgiveness, and His cleansing love!

Romans 4:5 (NLT) "But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Are You Afraid To Ask God For What You Need?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


As a young boy, I thought my parents were poor because we were a family of ten. My mom was an amazing coupon queen, and could sniff a good sale from 10 miles away! I never asked mom or dad for anything because I didn't want anyone else in the the family deprived because of me. My sister, closest in age to me, thought the same way. Neither of us wanted to inconvenience our parents so we rarely asked them for anything. And you know what we got? Hardly anything! We were a little jealous of one of our younger brothers, because he had no problem asking for anything and everything. The result was, he got much of what he asked for!
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As a Christian learning about the heart and character of God, I look back at my brother now and realize, he was the smart one. He asked—not because he was more selfish, but because he had a better sense of faith in my parent's ability to supply his needs.

Many religious people struggle with a sense of guilt toward asking God to help supply their needs. Many have been taught or led to believe that God is too distant and busy to care about your needs. Others get worried about being guilty of asking covetously. Why worry about that? Like children with their parents, every person has to mature in learning to ask things according to God's will. God is not offended by our immaturity. It's a part of growing up—physically and spiritually! If you didn't learn how, when, and what to ask for, you'd never mature in it!

The majority of all people have experienced having needs greater than their ability to supply them. When you have needs and you don't how to meet those needs, to NOT seek God for His supernatural help is wrong. It leads to frustration, discouragement, disappointment and jealousy! James 4:2-3 NIV says, “You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. YOU DO NOT HAVE BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ASK GOD. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”


In saying all this, I am not suggesting in any way, that you become a selfish, covetous, lustful asker of stuff. The Lord teaches us not to be covetous. There is a difference between needs and lusts and it takes time and maturity to discern the difference. Children ask for a snack right before dinner, and there are things you ask for that are not His will. But God isn't put off by it if your heart is right. Isn't the Holy Spirit big enough to teach you and help you develop discernment? Philippians 4:6 NIV says, “Do not be anxious about anything, BUT IN EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. "

Your view of what God is willing to help you with might be way too small! Many can’t imagine God caring about the detailed needs of their life, but He does! "But in everything ask..." Of course God cares about souls being saved and we are to also! But God also cares about the details of our lives. His love extends that far! He is a Father and cares about His children. Or are you more caring as a parent than He is? Get rid of that kind of prideful thinking. His love is greater than ours and you know how much you love your children!

I have asked the Lord for so many things over the years. I have done so because when I ask in faith, it is pleasing and honoring to the Lord. He wants us dependent upon Him for everything. When we find we are leaning on ourselves, we know we're in trouble. There are far too many things that we are incapable in ourselves of getting, doing, or accomplishing. Asking God for right reasons and out of a pure heart is a product of discernment that comes with time. God is not upset as you navigate through the learning process. The thing we don't want to be guilty of, is NOT asking for fear He won't hear or that He doesn't care. You can't believe how many Christians there are that don't reverently and sincerely ask God in faith for anything. He says, "WE HAVE NOT BECAUSE WE ASK NOT!

Psalm 84:11 TLB tells us "For the LORD God is our light and protector... No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly."

When you ask and you don’t see things happen right away, please keep this in mind. It isn’t because HE is not working on it. The primary way God gets blessing to us is though people. Much of what He brings us in life comes through people. God does not usurp people’s will and make them do anything. Yet He does work to influence them in their heart to respond, just like He tries to encourage you to respond to others. Hopefully they will respond. If they don’t He looks for someone else. Yes He could do a miracle and sometimes does, but He primarily chooses to bring His blessings to others through people. Remember also that He wants to teach you to be a giver as well as a receiver. And finally, everything you ask for, isn't His will. That is something you learn through His word and over time. There are no shortcuts!

The Bible says, "Whatever a man sows, that will he reap." That is not Karma. Karma is a myth born from the truth of sowing and reaping. God wants to use others to be a part of your blessing. You need to let Him teach you how to be a blessing to others. That starts with  you finding ways to give to others with zero expectation of getting anything back from them!

Do you have a need? Ask in faith believing. Let the Lord teach you. Be patient and be confident that no good thing will he withhold from you. Say it and believe it! And if you can find something to give or sow into another's life. Plant that seed!

Luke 6:38 (TLB) "For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give—large or small—will be used to measure what is given back to you."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Am I Unworthy? Does God See My Sins?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A number of years back, I remember reading an article about a bird burned in a forest fire. A ranger found this bird literally petrified in ashes on the ground by the base of a tree.  He has gently moved the bird with a stick and when he did, some baby chicks scurried out from under their dead mother's wings. It was explained that the loving mother, aware of the fire about to descend upon them, carried her chicks to the base of the tree and gathered them under her wings. Though she would have instinctively known to get some place high to escape the rising toxic smoke, instead of flying to safety and saving herself, she covered her chicks with her wings and saved them.
This story reminds me of Jesus and how He covers us with His wings. Psalm 91:4 NKJV says, “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge...” He died and took the punishment we deserved for our sins upon Himself so that our sins could be forgiven and we could have eternal life. He sacrificed His life for ours! The promises of God's word remind us that His covering did not stop with Jesus' death and resurrection.

When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, they became aware of something they had previously been able to take for granted—God's provision and protection. When they sinned they immediately discovered they were naked. At this first step of their new form of dependency upon God, they needed help with their nakedness. God covered them. Genesis 3:7 & 22 NLT says, "Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves... And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife." They realized their inability to cover themselves appropriately and so the Lord covered them! That is also true for us!

A covering covered their nakedness. It covers our also. Our relationship with Jesus does that. The blood He shed upon the cross in dying for the punishment for our sins covers and washes us so we that we become righteously presentable before God.  2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT reveals, "God made Jesus who had never sinned to be the offering of our sin so that we might become the righteousness of God of through Christ Jesus."

What does that mean and what does that look like today? A picture is painted by Isaiah the prophet in Isaiah 61:10 NIV.  "I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels." 


These scriptures and others help us see that once we have received Jesus as our Savior, we gain His righteousness. This is not a righteousness we earn by being good. It is a righteousness earned by Jesus and given as a gift to us. Our faith in this righteousness given to us is like putting on a perfectly white robe. When God looks at us, He only sees the robe, white, pure, and without blemish. Our sins are washed away and we've been made righteous. The robe is God's covering for us so that Colossians 1:22 NIV becomes true for us. "But now He (God) has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation--" And, Romans 4:7-8 (NIV) says, "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."

Christians often feel like they are "unworthy" before God. But, Jesus has made us worthy and a child of God that He loves and desires to help. We are not covered with fig leaves like Adam and Eve tried to cover themselves with. Just like God made them a covering, we are covered because of the sacrifice of Jesus' death with a covering of His righteousness.  Like the bird covering its chicks, Jesus gave His life and covered you so that you could be reconciled to God, be His child, receive His help, and be blessed in every area of your life. That is what His covering did for you! Can your faith accept that? Can you understand that God's love for you is not dependent upon your personal ability to be perfect? Can you understand He removed your sins and covers you with His love and protection? Go before Him with your robe of righteousness on that He provided for you!

Proverbs 30:5 (NLT) "Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, July 07, 2017

Shaping A Better Marriage

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I am ministering at a wedding ceremony, one of the scriptures I always read to the couple at their wedding is Ephesians 5:20-21 NKJV. It says, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

The word submit is a scary word to many people—especially women! It’s a word that people who don’t know God, don’t understand, and that those that do, struggle with. The unspoken thought is, Pastor, can we just skip that verse? The husband might like the thought that God tells his wife to submit to him, but the thought of him submitting to her? Really?  Wives often hate the word because it paints a picture in their mind of becoming some kind of mindless slave to their husband, having to obey everything he says. They both struggle because they often see this word as some kind of a permission slip to dominate and make someone subservient. That is not the heart of God at all in giving it to us.

Let's look at the verse again. It starts out, “Giving thanks always…. Submitting yourselves…” Who would be giving thanks if they were being made a slave or feeling dominated and treated like one? This verse is really teaching us that as husbands and wives, we need to thank God for the spouse He has give us and learn to adapt to each other with whole-hearted respect out of love and reverence to each other and to God.

Let me share some of Renee and my adapting. When Renee gets into bed at night, she doesn't go to sleep until after she has spent a fair amount of time reading. We’ll pray together and then she’ll usually read until she's  tired. I go to bed, lay my head down, and usually fall asleep with 10 seconds.
Because I fall asleep quickly and she likes to read, we’ve adapted and found a way that works great for both of us. This is the process of respecting and adapting to each other.

When Renee wakes up in the morning, the wheels of her mind begin to turn slowly. It takes her a little while to come out of her wake-up fog. She gets up, puts on the coffee, grabs a cup, and heads to the couch to read her Bible. As she reads and prays, she journals her thoughts from the Lord. By that time she is wide awake,  so she calls her mom for a few minutes to say hi and chat, and then she's ready to take on the day.

From the moment I wake up in the morning, I'm energized and ready to go.  After going to the bathroom, I do my core exercises, shower and get ready for the day, and often go join Renee on the couch to pray. When we are done praying, we talk over a few things and then I head to my home office to write Fresh Manna. She knows I appreciate not being uninterrupted during this time so I can focus on writing. This works perfect for us and is how we start most days because we've adapted to each other. But our mornings were not always like that. In the early days of our marriage, because I wake up so quickly, I tried to get her up so she could come and pray with me. She moved slowly and could hardly think or communicate. Though that would have been a good routine for me, it was not the right routine for her. And so we adapted, finding out what worked best for both of us and trying to meld that together.

Back then, Renee loved to talk about the day's activities at night, which is great, but sometimes she carried that into the bedroom right before trying to go to sleep. We'd end up talking about problems, finances, the kids, and situations that created stress. This was not the way to prepare for sweet sleep or romantic adventures. We decided to set other time frames to discuss those kinds of things outside the bedroom which made our bedtime and sleep much more sweet.

These are just a few of the many areas in which we’ve learned to adapt to each other. It seemed like there were hundreds! Instead of fighting over how we were going to execute our life together, we adapted from a heart of love to what each other needed, That is what God intended when He said, "submit one to another."  This is the fulfillment of another verse that is spoken in most weddings. Ephesians 5:31 (NIV) "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."  You become one flesh in God's eyes when you become married. But you really become one flesh when you've learned to adapt to each other!

God does not expect anyone to adapt to rudeness, disrespect, or slothful habits. But, we all have our little idiosyncrasies that we formed over the years. Adapting, loving, and appreciating each other makes any desired change from one spouse to another more doable, and it defuses many potential battles that Satan would like to stir up to ruin your marriage.


Renee and I have ministered to married couples a great deal over the years. We are still somewhat taken-back when we see couples that have been married for 15 to 20 years and have still not learned to adapt to each other in a spirit of love! When two people stop trying to dominate each other and instead take the approach of learning to lovingly adapt to each other's needs and ways, life will become better. Learning to communicate and adapt in areas that don't seem to be working can produce great results. Yielding to your spouse's way of doing something from a spirit of love over something that in the big picture is inconsequential,  puts love in the love bank. Be thankful for the spouse God has given you and respectfully adapt where you can. You'll find much more joy in your life and marriage, and see your marriage become what God intended it be. Learn this sooner than later in your marriage so that you can become a team and heirs together of God's blessings and grace of life!

"Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered." 1 Peter 3:7 (NKJV)

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Thank you! 213 Countries and Going Strong!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Fresh Manna readers, today I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank each and every one of you for reading and sharing Fresh Manna with others. With your help, Fresh Manna has now reached into and been read in 213 countries! People write me daily to share how it has impacted and changed their life! To God be the glory for this all! God's grace is amazing always and together we reach the world with the touch of God's love through Jesus Christ. Thank you so very much!


Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)  "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.   Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,   teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 03, 2017

A Humorous 4th of July Parable

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Parable For The 4th of July (author unknown)

Once, in the 1820's, a little boy called Sam was playing in the yard behind his house. During his pretend fighting game, he knocked over the outhouse. 


Now Sam was upset and worried that he would get into trouble so he ran into the woods and didn't come out until after got dark. When he arrived back home, his pappy was waiting for him. 

He asked suspiciously, "Son, did you knock over the outhouse this afternoon?"

"No, pappy," Sam lied. "Well, let me tell you a story," said the father. "Once, not that long ago, Mr Washington received a shiny new axe from his father. 


Excited, he tried it out on a tree, swiftly cutting it down. But as he looked at the tree, with dismay he realized it was his mother's favorite cherry tree," his pappy paused." just like you, he ran into the woods. When he returned, his pappy asked, 'George, did you cut down the cherry tree?' George answered with, 'Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did indeed chop down the tree.' 

Then his father said, 'Well, since you were honest with me, you are spared from punishment. I hope you have learned your lesson. So," the Sam's father asked again," did you knock down the outhouse?"

"Pappy, I cannot tell a lie any more." said the little boy. "I did indeed knock down the outhouse."

Then his pappy father spanked Sam boy red, white, and blue. The boy whimpered, "Pappy, I told you the truth! Why did you spank me?"

Pappy answered, "Because George Washington's father wasn't in the tree when he chopped it down!"


John Adams 2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."




Psalm 33:12 "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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