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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How Do I Discover God's Plan For Me?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


At some point in your life, you've probably heard or been told, You need to get a vision for your life. I have found that most people struggle in understanding how they could possibly know what God's plan for their life is! They struggle because they don't understand that God's plan is an unfolding plan He leads you in step-by-step. If He gave you it all at once, your doubts and insecurities would shut it down. So instead he instructs you to walk by faith, asking for help along the way, with you expecting to see His grace help you again and again.

There were four verses in the Bible that seemed to steer my course as I labored to be led and comprehend what the vision God had for my life was. They cried out to me and seemed to be more important than anything else. The first was Genesis 18:19, "For I have chosen Abraham, because He will direct his children and His household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what He has promised him." That was powerful to me. God chose Abraham because he knew Abraham would be obedient and train his household and loved ones in the Lord! That would result in unfathomable blessing for Abraham. What a compliment and credit to Abraham from Almighty God Himself. That helped me know what direction I wanted to go in life. As my desires evolved through the Word of God, I knew I wanted to be married. I knew that I wanted to be a great husband and father. I knew that I wanted to work hard and provide well for my family. And I had a deep and special desire to be a father that would help my children come to know Jesus and God’s Word from a young age—learning to live their life with Biblical life application.

The second was Paul's comments about his friend Timothy in Philippians 2:20-21 NIV, "I have no one else like Timothy, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ." I sincerely cared for people and wanted to help them with no strings attached and with no motivations for get-backs—just because God loved them! It’s like I craved to be this person Paul described. (And not just because my name was Timothy!)

The third verse was Proverbs 10:4 NIV, "Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth." My father instilled a strong work ethic in me that took. This promise only reinforced the need for its development. I now believe it’s one of my greatest strengths.

The fourth verse was Psalm 75:6 (NKJV) "For exaltation (promotion) comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south." God shaped my heart to despise self-promotion and instead taught me to believe my character and the fruit of my efforts would speak for themselves and bring promotion —if I was deserving of it. Because of this, over the years, if I wasn't promoted, I only pointed the finger at myself and blamed no one else. I'd only work harder and more diligently. I tried to never blame anyone else because these were more than just words to me. They were a covenant promise from God. Proverbs 18:16 NKJV, says "A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men."  If I worked the gifts and abilities God gave me, they would bring promotion. No man could hold back what God promised would be mine. It was my responsibility to work hard and receive His help and grace in every step. God would take care of the promotion!

I didn't know what my career was to be. But I did know who I wanted to be. I wanted to be a great husband, the best father, a person God and others could count on, the person who took a genuine interest in the welfare of others, and a faithful and diligent worker. Those things were etched in my heart. They were clear so that I could run with them. In the pursuit of my different endeavors through life, these core values were instrumental in shaping me and what helped lead me through life and God's plan. They also helped keep me rightly motivated and focused. They brought me to where I presently am today.

Without being rooted in biblical core values, it’s too easy to chase the wrong things and be led astray. I may not have initially known what the vision for my life was, or what path I wanted to walk out, but my core values and godly desires helped me develop the character that would promote me again and again. That was powerful and made it simpler to find what God would have me do!

1 Thessalonians 1:4 (MSG) "It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Building a Peaceful Mind

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever seen a person with business idea that they think will be a success and make millions? One day my son Peter calls me with his latest and greatest idea. He gets so excited when he comes up with a clever idea that every thought in his head is fixated on it. He can think about nothing else! I can relate because he gets that from me!

Have you watched a person that's fallen in love? I remember when each of my children met their future spouse and experienced that moment. It seemed as though that was all they could think about. It was like they had forgotten about anything else in life. (And it was the same for me when I met Renee!)

I remember when my children were toddlers and they would get fixated on a toy they wanted for their birthday or Christmas. It was all they would think about!

When something exciting gets our attention, it’s easy for most of our thoughts to be drawn there. This is also true on the negative side. If you are experiencing something negative such as sickness or disease in your body, a relational schism or breakup or divorce, a job layoff, or some kind of personal tragedy or calamity, it’s easy to let your thought-life become fixated upon it and consume you.

Then there is just the plain old business of being busy; busy at work, busy at home, and busy at seemingly everything. Busy without any light at the end of the tunnel. Your thoughts may not be consumed with just one area but with many. At times like this, praying can feel like trying to find God with a flashlight in thick fog. If your thoughts are consumed with negative issues or your feeling overwhelmed, it's hard to breakaway from those thoughts in prayer. They can be a total distraction or even a wall that seems to make prayer impossible. It can be hard to focus on anything before the Lord. It's at times like this that clear thinking and heart-felt prayers of faith are most desperately needed yet can feel difficult to come by.

Whenever I've come before the Lord at times feeling like this, it’s felt like I was running in place or reading the same paragraph in a book over and over again. When that happened, the Lord showed me what to do. I would go back to the Psalms and read about God's awesomeness—about His love toward us as His children, and about all the proclamations of the great things God has done and is willing to do for those that love Him. I would just read slowly and out loud if possible. I would take in every word of those promises and say out loud, He is talking to me—the Lord inspired David to say these for me right now! I would then turn those words into prayers proclaiming what David was saying bout God over himself, and say them over myself. I would do that because that is exactly what God intended to happen. Those words were written to bring hope, comfort,and promise, not just to David, but to all who would believe.

We see another example of this in 1 John 5:13 (NLT) saying, "I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life."  These words written by John were written to move someone in their heart from a place of hope to a place of knowing. Knowing is what changes hope to faith. You don't hope your name, you know it! Knowing is knowing. That is what God's promises were written for—to bring us to a place of knowing and faith. They are words that are powerful and cut through negative circumstances and lift our mind and heart back on the Lord instead of being consumed in thoughts that would take us to a wrong place.

This helps transforms my mind from a feeling consumed to peaceful! It’s a supernatural time because cares begin to melt like ice on a hot day. I begin to remember His greatness and love toward me. I am reminded of the great things He has done for me. Along with the psalmist, I begin to praise Him for all His mighty works, love, and acts of kindness. It’s at that time that something greater begins to consume my thoughts and Col 3:2-3 (LB) becomes my new reality. "Let heaven fill your thoughts; don't spend your time worrying about things down here. You should have as little desire for this world as a dead person does. Your real life is in Heaven with Christ and God." It’s then and only then that I can pray in faith and with intimacy to the One who cares and loves me and the only One who can truly help me!

Philippians 4:7 (NLT) "Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 28, 2017

The Wisest Thing: Being Devoted in Seeking God

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by Pastor Tim Burt


In my walk with God, I have learned countless life-changing truths. One of those times happened early in my Christian walk. My children were quite young at the time and I was desiring the wisdom to help them know the Lord in ways I never did.

I had grown up regularly participating in a local church but really only knew religious activities and prayers I'd learned to recite with no thought behind them. I had never read the Bible and when it came to God, although I tried to talk to him in my heart, it felt like He was a billion miles away and had no time for me. As young 24-year-old man, I one day heard the gospel and what Jesus did for me. I gave my life to Jesus immediately! It was like the eyes of my heart were opened to see life through God's eyes and everything changed—instantly! I became so hungry to read the Bible and learn of Him that I was like a person at a buffet, wanting to heap my plate as high as I could, over and over again.

There were multiple things I really desired to know that only God could answer. As much as I was developing an intimate relationship with the Lord, I wanted to know Him even more. I also greatly hungered for my children to grow up knowing Him intimately—not religiously. I didn't know how to make that happen. And then I wanted to know the direction God had for my life. I felt like I had a call of God on my life and yet I wasn’t sure what that was or how to know for sure.

I decided I was going to devote myself to getting up early each morning around 5:00 am and go out to our living room and read and pray and seek the Lord. I had the promise of help from the Holy Spirit from John 16:13 (NIV) which promised, "... He will guide you into all truth..." 

Devotion to God is meaningful to God. Devotion means to be: ardent, often selfless affection and dedication, as to a person or principle. The state of being devoted; addiction; eager inclination; strong attachment love or affection; zeal; especially, feelings toward God appropriately expressed by acts of worship; devoutness."

When we devote ourselves wholeheartedly to God, it sets us free from wrong motives. We draw back from doing things simply for appearance sake or to please others. Instead we do the things we do out of a pure love for God and trust in His guidance. And God blesses us greatly for devoting our heart and time to seeking Him!

Over time, everything I sought to know and understand regarding what God had for my life and how to train my children in the Lord, came. God always found ways to speak to my heart. It has blessed my life in more ways than I could say in a book. Being devoted in seeking God's guidance for the direction of our lives is the smartest things we will ever do in this life! The result is supernatural and unfolds before you over time!  It will fill your heart with eternal joy and thanksgiving! Seek God and His ways and wisdom.

1 Chronicles 28:9 (NIV) "And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you..."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, August 25, 2017

An Awesome Story: The Miraculous Flying Cat


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by Pastor Tim Burt


Today, I am reprinting this story by request. It's fun and heartwarming! Enjoy or enjoy again!

The Miraculous Flying Cat
(Author unknown)

Nelson, a friend, recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and was then afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car he could bend the tree down enough to get the kitten. He did all this, checking his progress frequently, but as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke. The tree went boi-ing and the kitten instantly sailed through the air-out of sight. The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they'd seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten. So he prayed, "Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping," and went on about his business.

A few days later he was at the grocery store, and noticed one of his church members. He was amazed to see she was buying cat food. Now this woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, "Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?" She replied, "You won't believe this," and told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the Mom finally told her little girl, "Well if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it." (Can you see where this is heading?)

She told the pastor, "I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her."

Never underestimate the Power of God!

Luke 11:9 (NIV) "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

An Inspirational Story: UnStress for Success

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Their new coach, a fit, muscular, and confident young man, stood before his new class—a group of mothers who were excited to shed some excess weight and flab that had come with having children. Ladies, you all want to be able to one day look in the mirror and be excited about what you see. It's my job to help you get there and the good new is, I know how to do that. But, if there is anything that will make this effort more difficult, it's this... He bent over and picked a small light dumbbell.

Would anyone like to guess how much this weighs? he said to this excited and engaged group. A few of them shouted out their answers ranging from 1 to 5 lbs. The correct answer is 5 lbs, and you'll all find this easily manageable. But, the weight doesn't really matter because the feel of the weight changes depending on how long you hold it, and with that, he held it out straight in front of him. He didn't say a word but kept holding it straight out in front of him while engaging with their eyes back and forth across the room. 

After a minute of silence, he finally spoke. The weight of this dumbbell won't change, but it would get heavier! It would get heavier to me, the longer I held it. It may seem easy to hold it out straight in front of me for a minute. But, if I held it out for an hour, this 5 lb. weight would seem heavier. And the longer I had to hold it, the heavier it would get. That is exactly what happens to the cares, anxieties, and burdens you carry around each day.  

Mothers, you know how many things you have to think about and take care of, hour-by-hour, each and every day. Just the obligations that come with being a mother seem endless. But add to that, worrying about things you cannot change, and you've just unhealthily overloaded yourself! God did not design and create you to carry all of that. If you don't get rid of what may seem like small manageable burdens or problems, they will become heavier and heavier. They will distract you and interrupt the success of the goals you have in mind. You can't afford to hold onto or carry them. 

With a big smile on his face and with a softness in how his words were spoken, he continued... And you weren't meant to carry them! The Lord tells us that carrying the weight of these burdens is His job! Psalms 55:22 says, "Cast your burdens on the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. " And to make His point even stronger, He says again in 1 Peter 5:7, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you."

So ladies, when you wake up each morning, just before you begin to engage with your day, pause first and lay your cares at the feet of the Lord, knowing He cares for you. Thank Him for allowing you to lay them at His feet. And, just before you put your head on the pillow and turn out the light each night, again lift your heart to the Lord and give them to Him! Do this, and you'll be able to focus on the goals we have here without getting distracted! Do this and I'll get you before your mirror with a smile in no time at all. Shall we begin? 

Philippians 4:6 (TLB) "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Not Guilty! — A Relationship Enhancer

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by Pastor Tim Burt


People hate to feel guilty. We really do. We push guilt aside, we bury guilt and we will try to do any and everything we can to get rid of guilt. People just plain hate guilt. The problem is, if a person doesn't know the Lord, they can never get rid of guilt. Oh they may try. They may suppress their feelings about guilt. They may bury them. They may try to drown them in alcohol or drugs or some other way. But the spirit of a man knows when it is not clean before the Lord. When the spirit of a man is not free from sin, guilt is present. Guilt feelings can create defensive attitudes, lead to dysfunctional thinking and behaviors, and send life spiraling off course! That's why it is so imperative to be free from it.

God wants to free us all from that guilt and pain. The following three verses reveal this truth in the most powerful way! First we see that God is not out to get us, but to save us. John 3:17 NIV says, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." He isn't out to get us or bring condemnation (which means, Found guilty.) To the contrary, He wants to wash our sins away!

Secondly God has proven His love for us while we were still in a sinful state. That's how great His love is for us! Romans 5:8-9 NIV says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by the sacrifice of His death and blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through Jesus Christ!"


Third, God had a plan in place called JESUS to rescue us from guilt and condemnation and to make us blameless BEFORE He ever created the world! Mind-blowing but true! Ephesians 1:4 NIV “God chose us to be in Jesus before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and WITHOUT BLAME before Him in love...”

You see God isn't looking to point the finger. He isn't looking for condemnation and guilt. He says we have been justified, through our faith! You've been declared Not guilty! And that is His gift from Himself to us. We are saved from wrath!  When a person repents  and turns from their sins and receives Jesus as their Savior, the Lord immediately removes sin and guilt and makes them blameless. This is a gift and miracle that no human being is worthy of, yet God out of His love had this plan in place from the beginning! Now, having said that, let me get to today's point.

God didn't send Jesus to get rid of guilt so that we could put each other back under it. He wants us to help people get free from guilt. Receiving Jesus is a miraculous step with instant results—the promise and gift of eternal life. Learning to live the Christian walk is a process. Everyone is in a different place in that process. No one is perfect and some are more messed up than others. (Should we talk about your shortcomings?) People will blow it and they need to ask forgiveness and try to make things right when we do. But, we don't want to put guilt trips on people because they don't live up to our expectations. We don't want to look for whom to blame in every situation where something goes wrong. We don't want to focus on blame at all. Some people are blamers. Something goes wrong and the first thing they do is try to figure out whom they can blame for what's wrong. Is the country in chaos? Is it the President's fault? A teenager has gone astray. Is it dad's fault or is it moms, or is it the schools or maybe the friends they are hanging out with?

When our lives weren't right and we were covered in our own sins, Jesus wasn't out to condemn or find blame. He was solution-oriented and He led the way. He took our punishment we deserved upon Himself. Then He showed love and pointed out the right path and the answer and solutions through His word
—the Bible. Imagine if we were like that. A husband and wife get into a fight and instead of looking to blame each other the husband just sucks it up and says, Honey, you're probably right. I'm sorry. What do you think we can do to fix this? Imagine he does this even though he could be right. He has taken the lead. His heart is saying, Look honey, it's not important that I'm right and you are wrong. It's important that I protect my love for you and we just find a solution to this situation. He doesn't blame. He doesn't pin guilt. He washes her like Jesus washed us.  

Many marriages are ruined because they focus on faults and lay guilt for what each other has done, or is not doing. It's much more profitable and God's way of doing something when we just look to see how to fix the wrong and learn what we might do to avoid it in the future. Its better when we wash each other's feet by overlooking offenses and cleansing each other. When this becomes your motivation, you protect the love between each other. Blaming doesn't solve anything, but forgiving each other does!

The same goes with children. Don't lay guilt on them. Free them up. Help them understand what works better. Wash them with your love and point them in the right direction. Guilt only causes bad feelings leading to avoidance and eventually attitude and behavioral problems. Love, instruction, correction when necessary, washing and forgiving—working harder at solutions than at placing blame and fault is much more effective and God's way of doing things. Can you bring this principle of removing guilt and covering an offense into the workplace? Into your marriage? Into your parenting? The Holy Spirit can teach you how. It's powerful!

Prov 17:9 says, “He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Don't Be Tormented by Indecision!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Do you ever have to make a decision? Obviously, yes! Are some of those important? Again, of course! Do you ever have to make life-changing decisions, such as who you're going to marry, or where you're going to live, or if you should take this new job? Decision-making is a part of our everyday life.

The majority of our decisions fall in the category of things like What am I going to wear? or What should I make for dinner? or What should I order off the menu? Most inconsequential decisions aren't going to cause a dilemma or a crisis, so we shouldn't lose any sleep over them. But other decisions are life-changing, and it is sometimes so very difficult to know what to do.


I remember a time when I was facing a life-changing decision. I had sought God about it and honestly, He made it easy to know what to do but my flesh wanted to do something else. Instead of just yielding to what I knew the Lord wanted me to do, I kept thinking about the decision my flesh wanted me to make. I actually spend months tormenting myself over what the Lord was trying to make easy. When we live in indecision, it truly is tormenting! Why? James 1:8 says, "...a double-minded man is unstable in all he does." 

One day the Lord spoke to me and said, It's up to you to stop this double-minded thinking. Rest in the decision I've told you to make and cast down any other thoughts regarding it and you'll be happy and move forward again.  Then He reminded me of 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV) that says, "Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."  I knew I had to do this and be committed to the right decision. When I did, peace came quickly, my joy and excitement returned, and I was no longer distracted.  

Decision making is a part of life so let me bring you a wonderful thought to think about. God is never surprised. He knows every decision you will ever make—good or bad. He wants to help you make the right ones that will keep you in His perfect will for your life and will try to lead you in that decision. But you are not a puppet and He does not control you! He will allow you to make wrong decisions. That's why you are going to have to see Him and yield to His will, not your fleshly desires.

Ephesians chapter 1 tells us that before God created the world, He declared that He wanted you to receive Jesus as your Savior and live for Him. 2 Timothy 1:9 (NIV) says, "...who has saved us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF TIME."

God had a plan to lead you before He began creating the world! Wow! Knowing that, you can trust that He'll lead you in every step!  He wants to lead you in a life of purpose, significance, and influence for Him. Those are all choices you have to make, but He will help you make them if you look to Him. James 1:5 (NLT) says, "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking."  

Being double-minded will torment you. Asking God to help lead you to make right and godly decisions is something He delights in doing and wants you to seek Him for. When He shows you, be committed to it. Second guessing yourself will torment you but trusting Him will lead you to the right place. Come to the place in your life where you want God's ways more than your own. Know that He wants and knows what is best for you. He will make your life significant and blessed, and happy and full of joy! Don't be double-minded. Ask and trust Him as He leads you!

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Godly Cures for Our Societies Woes Part 2: Mutual Respect

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by Pastor Tim Burt


In Part One, I wrote that one of the diseases consuming our country and  human relationships is the utter loss of treating one another with respect! 1 Thessalonians 5:12 (NIV) says, “Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.” The word “respect” in this verse means to know or have a right perception of another.  Going deeper it means to come to know and understand someone so that you don’t prejudge or mischaracterize who people are and why they do what they do. It implies getting to know and understand the good in those around you. In this verse it especially implies getting to know what those in spiritual authority over you do, while appreciating the hard work and pressure it takes to walk as a leader.  The verse continues; 1 Thessalonians 5:13 (NIV) "Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other."

Today I want to apply this insight of the need of having and showing sincere mutual respect to one another, in marriage. Any good husband realizes that a good wife probably has more to do with leading the home than he does. She often spends more time there and with the children. She is often their primary nurturer. And a good man understands that the role of a wife and mother is immense. A good man will take the time to understand and respect this leadership role his wife plays in the home and be a support to her as he does his best to provide. (If your roles are reversed, then reverse what was just said.)

The Apostle Paul writes to men in Ephesians 5:33 (NIV)  “...each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself…” In applying this command to give respect to my wife, I think a great deal about Renee. Respecting her is knowing her. I have always tried not to take her for granted but see and appreciate the multitude of things she does for me and the family. It seems as though there is endless tasks that she is always working on for the kids and myself. She has chosen to do them out of love for us and she does them with an awesome attitude. Through our seasons of life together, Renee has continually adapted to doing new things for me, the children, the house, and in serving others. She had done so with an incredible attitude. I take the time to notice and appreciate what she does which only elevates the great respect I have for her. She hugely appreciates the respect and honor I show her and that only motivates her more.

Taking the time to know people for the good they do takes effort but elevates the respect you feel for them. Showing respect only fuels their fire and motivates them to achieve higher.

This verse continues saying, “…and the wife must respect her husband.” Again in this verse the word respect is used meaning to revere him. I know for many that sounds over the top, but this is counsel from God for wives to have this kind of attitude toward their husband.  You might think, He doesn't deserve it. He's lazy or he's a jerk. What you don't realize is that as you ask the Holy Spirit to help you put on this kind of attitude, it will affect your man.  Women, you know how to make a man feel honored. You practiced it in winning your husband in the first place.

Husbands and wives should come to know and understand and appreciate the roles and responsibilities each other has and help each other succeed in them. That is the point of this respect as Philippians 2:3 (NIV) says! "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." 

I know at this point, this is tough for many to listen to. They feel they don’t and can’t respect their spouse for many reasons. The question comes What came first the chicken or the egg? What comes first, my spouse earning my respect or me giving it in faith that it will help him? My answer is, give respect first. You should simply give respect because God instructs us to. God knows better than us all! The fact is, if you married each other, you saw things in each other that were real and worthy of respect. If other things became clear to you that were not worthy of respect that diminished the respect that you give, those things should not have happened.

You have every right to appropriately communicate what is not respectable, but you are also to show and treat each other with that respect that God commands to give as you communicate your grievances. If this is done sincerely and in love with kindness and with encouragement instead of disrespect and fighting, your respect of each other will help each of you step up in the roles God has given you. You hold the power to help each other. The Holy Spirit will help you understand and respect each other despite obvious shortcomings. As you walk this out by faith, your emotions and feelings will always follow right actions from a right heart attitude.

The giving of mutual respect—In marriage or not—is one of the greatest change agents imaginable! Make respect a stronghold in marriage and in the parental training of your children, and I promise, you, things will miraculously change and improve and you will be raising children who shine brightly in an every increasingly dark society!

It's been said and taught Respect is something earned and not given! That sounds so good but it is so backwards. God gave it to you when you did not earn it. He said Jesus to die for your sins when you were unworthy. He showed you love and respect because that is what love does! Outside of marriage, know that you influence and help fix society by beginning to fix yourself. Be that person who gives respect, even in the most inflaming circumstances, and you'll experience the power to take the log out of a fire and bring healing in the midst of difficult issues. Do this again and again and you'll become a true example of God's love!

1 Peter 2:17 (NLT) "Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Two Godly Cures for Our Societies Woes: Part One

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by Pastor Tim Burt



America is in crisis over many things at this moment. I'll mention two of those that stand out today. First and foremost, Christians are suffering from Bible illiteracy and intimacy with God more than anytime I've ever seen. Because of technology, most Bible believing churches flash the scriptures preached, on the screen. This has resulted in many Christians not bringing their Bible to church because they don't feel the need to bring them. They hear scriptures but don't remember them and don't study them out later on. Christians today are often walking around thinking they know their Bible, but when challenged or needing to talk about scripture with Bible opposers, they find themselves inept in doing so. And, they don't have enough scripture in their heart to be a restraining force against the many temptations that face them today! Pastors better figure this out soon and create some solutions because, although they preach to their congregation to read their Bible daily, data shows that most don't. When Christians don't know their Bible, they don't reverence God's word and live by it.  This has resulted in many Christians living as worldly as people in the world. It is a crisis!

Secondly, Christians do not show proper reverence to God and His Word. They lack respect for God and His word and consequently, lack respect for their fellow-man and how they deal with him. Reverencing and respecting God means respecting your fellow-man! I believe that most every Christian would agree that the giving of and showing of respect, to their spouse, children, friends, boss, and co-workers, as well as to those in authority is taught by God's word as critical to the human and Christian experience. As Christians we should give and show respect without prejudice. Even when evil hate groups come into play, there is a way to lawfully and respectfully oppose them and even change laws to restrain them. When those in authority are bombarded with hundreds of phone calls, it's amazing what happens! People are to receive and give respect to one another even when they disagree with their opinion, choices, or lifestyles. No one respects an outright evil person. But, putting that aside, people do not have to agree or condone wrong or evil behaviors of people, but they should show respect to every human being as someone created by God. When hatred is boiling, the truth that "God wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth," vanishes! In heightened and emotional moments, you'll notice that if the core value of giving respect isn't developed within you, then at the time when things go wrong, your lack of respect will lead you to say and do all the wrong things. Love and respect must become pillars for our society in order that we become a respectful and respected nation walking in as much unity as possible.

1 Thessalonians 5:12 (NIV) says, “Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.” The word “respect” in this verse means to know or have a right perception of another.  Going deeper it means to come to know and understand someone so that you don’t prejudge or mischaracterize who people are and why they do what they do. It implies getting to know and understand the good in those around you. In this verse it especially implies getting to know what those in spiritual authority over you do, while appreciating the hard work and pressure it takes to walk as a leader.  The verse continues; 1 Thessalonians 5:13 (NIV) "Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other."

Everywhere I go I treat people who serve me with great respect whether they be the server in a restaurant, a receptionist, a cashier—whoever serves me.  I especially do that with my wife and children.  It is always appropriate do give kind respect. When I don't like laws, I call and write and communicate with those in authority respectfully. This has nothing to do with what I think they deserve or how they are presently acting. It is simply the right thing to do and what God wants me to do. And don't miss this: When respect is given and executed consistently, it will influence those that serve and help you in your life. You will help them and overall, you will see that it will come back to bless you!

Too often we think we should give honor and respect only when we feel that someone deserves it. God gave you love, which encompasses much more than respect, when you were a sinner and did not deserve it. That is what Jesus modeled. That is what love does. Giving love only when someone deserves it is shallow and would be dependent in our knowing someone well enough to make judgments about what they deserve.  Respect comes first. We give kind respect to all. When we do, consistently and always, to all, then we will see God’s power operating through it and coming back to us in our lives.

Our society is in crisis! An intimate relationship with God and His word, and showing sincere respect for one another will go along way in bring healing and blessing to you and to all!

Romans 12:10 (NLT) "Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring (respecting) each other."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The New You That is Waiting!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Renee and I learned a very valuable lesson when we sold our first home. It was our first house—a wonderful but small house that we lived in for 14 years. When our family grew to six in size and the children’s bodies grew bigger, we ran out of room. We put our house up for sale and began the quest of looking for a new one.

Before we could sell our  home, we had local code requirements we had to meet. The housing inspector came to inspect it and made a list of everything that had to be fixed before it could be sold. The list had about ten items that had to be brought to code. We had to spend some money and knock off each task on the fix list. Then we were advised by the realtor to spruce up some areas of the house to make it more sellable. It definitely took some finance and sweat equity. When we were done, we thought Wow, this place looks and feels a lot better. Well the house sold quickly and so we only got to live in it for one more month. We left that house thinking, We put money and a whole lot of sweat into that houseall for someone else. They were really minor renovations that we could have done years ago and enjoyed for ourselves. Lesson learned! We’ll never do that again. It was crazy that we put up with all those little inconveniences for so long when it only took a week to fix them all! Insanity!

God knows how much we need spiritual renovation. And the truth is, with God's help, we can make those little fixes. Satan tries to amplify them in our mind and make them seem impossible. Most aren't big and the grace of God is supernatural to help! God is ready and willing to help us make them now! God wants us to experience spiritual renovation day-by-day. That is what 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV) says! “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”

This is a verse to meditate on. The Holy Spirit will bring deeper insight if you do. It’s important to note that the cost of not experiencing a daily renovation in your heart —“being renewed day by day,” is that you will lose heart. You will get discouraged, become apathetic and lethargic, and learn to live with stupid thoughts, habits, and destructive behaviors that erode the blessed life God wants you to experience. Between personal health, relationships, the workplace, the bad news of the world, and the persecution that comes from being a vibrant Christian, discouragement finds its way into our lives. That's why we need to be “inwardly renewed day by day.”

Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) says, “For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires…” The Word of God sorts through all the tangled mess of our minds and gets down to the nitty-gritty. It exposes wrong thoughts and attitudes and brings right thinking and promise to us. Psalms 19:7 says, “Gods Word and precepts are perfect, reviving – bring new life to the soul.” That's what we need to be inwardly renovated - "new life to the soul." God’s Word always has the power to renovate and renew us from the inside out. Psalm 19:8 (NIV) says, “The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. “

With giving your life to Christ, comes a precious promise that says God will make everything in your life new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) says, "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" God will not override your own free will to renovate you. You'll have to make that decision for yourself. But, God is there ready to help you and His word speaks life, power, and promise into your life to supply the spiritual strength to do so. Your temperament, your attitudes, your thinking and behaviors are ready for you to begin that transformation. Don't wait. Begin now and enjoy the benefits early on of a better you through Christ Jesus!

Jeremiah 31:3-4 (NIV) “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt...”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Anchored Faith Builds Strong Godly Leaders

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by Pastor Tim Burt


There are things you believe in your life. Some of them are based on solid concrete facts, and others, on things you've heard and just believed. It is the strong beliefs in your life that have shaped your life thus far. And then there are those who avoid any strong beliefs because they have led to occasional conflict which they want to avoid at all costs. People without strong belief systems are usually somewhat apathetic.

That is one reason why apathy is so bad. Apathy is defined as an absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement; a lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting. Apathy doesn’t give a rip about what happens. Consequently it works to undermine or destroy faith or sincere heart belief—the passion or state of heart that pleases God. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us, “...without faith it is impossible to please God…”                                                             

Many people become apathetic because they hate conflict and would rather avoid having any strong beliefs or values because they can’t stand the forms of persecution that come from others who disagree with them. It’s easier to utter the catch words of the day, “I don’t care” or “whatever.” Apathetic people are never leaders and often lousy followers. They just try to get through life without conflict.

When you believe something strongly—when something becomes a deeply rooted conviction, it will anchor your heart, emotions, and imaginations. The sum of all your collective convictions produce core values which in turn will guide your life. Those convictions and values will affect how and what you think, what you say, and how you act. That is why you better have your beliefs anchored in true knowledge and fact. Many people anchor their beliefs in what they consider to be true knowledge—science. The problem is that science is always changing. The world was flat. The world is round. The world has one galaxy. The world is endless galaxies that are still forming to this day. Science is really only the progressive revelation by discovery of what exists. Science is always changing, never stationary, and never entirely agreed upon. Yet people anchor their beliefs on what science reveals thereby affecting what they think, what they say, and how they act. They often say, I only believe what I can see or scientifically prove. That statement is basis for of self-deception.

There is not a person on this planet that doesn’t exercise faith in something or someone without verifiable evidence. Everyone exercises faith. You do every time you drive over a bridge or get on an airplane. You exercise faith that the bridge won’t collapse or the airplane won't fall out of the sky—that you will get to your destination. You tell someone you will be at your destination at a certain time on a certain flight. That is faith. There is no verifiable evidence of that statement. It is speaking concretely about something in the future. I will be in San Diego on flight 891 at 10:30 am. See you then. It leads you to buy a ticket and it leads you to tell people you will be traveling. It leads you to board an airplane. You have exercised faith numerous times. Everyone is a person of faith and it does affect their daily thinking, saying, and doing.

This is why it’s so important to establish your faith in the truth of God’s Word. Let it shape what you think, what you say, and what you do. Unlike science, God never changes. People may create gods. People may mischaracterize and misunderstand God but that is not His doing or fault. God Himself never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Malachi 3:6 says, “For I am the LORD, I change not…”

God’s Word tells us that our lives are shaped by what believe, say, and act on today. God modeled it for us from the beginning. Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

Of all things to put your faith in, it's the Word of God, His love toward you, and His instruction and promises that build conviction, core values, and anchor our heart.

Have faith in God’s promises! As 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ…” Speak them by faith as God spoke. Let your faith—what you believe, become what you think, say, and act on.

Let what God promises you affect your thoughts, your words, and your actions. Anchored faith is what produces strong godly leaders. But it's critical that your faith be established in the unchanging truth of God's word! Let His word, truth, and promises anchor your leadership and then use it to influence others for God!

Hebrews 6:19 (TLB) "This certain hope of being saved is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, connecting us with God himself behind the sacred curtains of heaven" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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