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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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Friday, August 11, 2017

The Daffodil Principle

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Isa 28:9-10 "Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little"

Subject: THE DAFFODIL PRINCIPAL  Author Unknown

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come see he daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. "I will come next Tuesday, " I promised, a little reluctantly, on her third call. Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and so I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house and hugged and greeted my grandchildren, I said, "Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in the clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see bad enough to drive another inch!" My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother." 

"Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!" I assured her. "I was hoping you'd take me over to the garage to pick up my car." "How far will we have to drive?" "Just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I'm used to this." After several minutes, I had to ask, "Where are we going? This isn't the way to the garage!" "We're going to my garage the long way," Carolyn smiled, " by way of the daffodils." "Carolyn," I said sternly, "please turn around." "It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience." 

After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a  small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign that read, "Daffodil Garden." We got out of the car and each took a child’s hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, we turned a corner of the path, and I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns-great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted as a group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers. "But who has done this?" I asked Carolyn. "It's just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house that looked small and modest in the midst of all that glory.  

We walked up to the house. On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking" was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read. The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and very little brain." The third answer was, "Began in 1958."  

There it was, The Daffodil Principle. For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun-one bulb at a time-to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Still, just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, had changed the world. This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of indescribable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.

The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration. That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time--often just one baby-step at a time--and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world. 
"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years. Just think what I might have been able to achieve!" My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said.


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Don't Let Your Heart Become Tainted. Keep It Pure!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I was in a recently in a shopping mall and walked into a sunglasses store. I was trying to find a pair I really liked. It seemed like they had endless options. They had many different kinds and colors of lenses that each created a different hue. As I peered through them, it was interesting to see how different things around me looked depending on the filter of the lens.

Life is like that. People observe life through many different filters. We see things through the lens on of our heart. We each have our own and they have been tinted by life experiences. Unfortunately, too many people see things through filters shaped by hurt, disappointment, and broken trust. If we see things through tainted filters of pain, everything we see and perceive becomes slightly off.

As a young Pastor, I had a friendship with another Pastor in town. He was very good at leading people to Christ. Over time, and as I came to know him better, I realized that He was a very broken man. He had been deeply hurt over the years and it affected his lens and how he saw everything. He became somewhat callous and cynicalqualities that are not very fitting for a Pastor. He eventually became addicted to pain killers and had to leave the ministry. Prior to that time, I felt it important to help him, yet somewhat pull back so that I would not be infected by his tainted views. Relationships can influence us positively or negatively. God's word warns us to be cautious in our associations as seen in Proverbs 22:24-25 (NIV) “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.”

Hurt in your life does change your perspective and color the lens shaping your perspective and attitude. It gives you a false perspective. Too often, people that are hurting don’t realize it. They think everyone else is the problem, when the problem is with them.

In the past two years, I spent time with two different men that were dealing with some discontentment with our church and in their life. In both cases, neither of them was involved in serving others or giving the supply from their God-given gifting. Both were lacking in meaningful relationships in the church. There were things that happened that tainted their filter and gave them a false perspective. Because of that they kept the church and the people in it at an arm’s length, and kept from being involved. In each case, I invited them to participate in a few things with me where they made some great relationships and ended up using their gifting. Before long, everything changed! They loved the church, the people, and enjoyed the sermons more than ever before. Their marriages improved, their jobs became more successful, and life was simply seen through more pure eyes.

Getting rid of old hurts, forgiving, and moving forward toward a purpose-filled life for the Lord can do that. Miraculous things can happen when we follow God’s plan. Forgiving, healing, and moving forward is a part of God's plan. I’ve talked with people who brag about being opinionated or cynical, or sarcastic. These are people that are hurting and I guarantee you their filters are tainted. They are affecting others when they actually think they're funny or are helping others. They can be like a person carrying a communicable disease. Their negative influence infects those close to them.

Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT reminds us of how much we all need God's mercy and how powerful and mighty it is to receive and to give it out in our life. It is what brings daily healing. It is what keeps our lens clear and our heart pure. It helps us start each day afresh—even when we’ve really blown it the day before. It allows us to forgive ourself, and to then in turn forgive others. It says,"The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!" 

Putting on the right glasses with the right filter that will keep your heart pure is to live a life of overlooking offense and offering constant forgiveness and mercy. We ourselves must receive God's mercy afresh each day.

Jeremiah 17:14 (NLT) says, "Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone." Luke 6:37 (NLT) says, "Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven." If you live this way, the Lord will help keep your heart right with Him and with the world around you. You’ll see the world through His eyes of love and mercy.

James 3:17-18 “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace-loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is FULL of MERCY and good deeds"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Do You Really Understand That God is For You?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever had a wrong perception of someone? Personally, I hate it when I get the wrong perception of a person. I was at a conference a few years back. I met this guy who introduced himself to me. We had a very pleasant conversation and I remember walking away thinking, I'd like to get to know that person better.  I mentioned meeting him to a couple of other people, sharing what a nice guy he seemed to be. They immediately painted a bad picture of him to me. It shocked me because the picture did not match what I had experienced. I found out over time, that he was a great guy and the other two people who painted him not-so-nice, were jealous of him.  

It happens in life. People judge or size-up someone for various reasons and too quickly allow a wrong perception to be formed. I think we all hate when we do that and feel embarrassed when we are so wrong in what we thought.


People do this with God all the time. They have a wrong perception of Him. It's because they don't know Him through the knowledge of His Word. They might not know God except through what they have figured out or have been told by others. No offence but figuring out God for yourself is ridiculous! If you could figure out God, then He wouldn't be God. And if you think you can figure out everything about God, you are really creating your own god. God reveals Himself to those that hunger and seek to know Him. Jeremiah 29:13 NIV says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." 

God does not want to be figured out. God can't be figured out with the human mind. That is what false religion and cults are born from—figuring out with the human intellect who and what God is. How prideful and vain that is! The human mind cannot begin to fathom the majesty of God. Job had been guilty of figuring out God and God corrected him saying,  “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? ...Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much..." Job 38:2-4 (NLT)

How does God reveal Himself and to whom does He? For starters, God reveals Himself to those who, through a cry of the heart pray, God, if you are real, I sincerely want to know. If Jesus is your Son I really want to know. Please help me to know you! That simple prayer sincerely spoken will solicit God's heart and a response will surely come. God will reveal Himself in countless ways that look like a series of coincidences. They aren't. Eventually you'll hear someone preaching or teaching from the Bible and God can and will reveal Himself. You'll conclude God is speaking to you. But, most of those ways are visible only to the heart that is seeking Him. He does not reveal Himself to the mocker or indifferent! As Jesus said, "Do not cast your pearls before swine."

When a person receives Jesus as their Lord and Savior, He immediately sends the Holy Spirit to live within their heart. The Holy Spirit opens the eyes of their understanding and they begin to see life though God's eyes. And then God reveals Himself and answers to life's mysteries, and of Himself and His will. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (TLB) says, "But the man who isn’t a Christian can’t understand and can’t accept these thoughts from God, which the Holy Spirit teaches us. They sound foolish to him because only those who have the Holy Spirit within them can understand what the Holy Spirit means. Others just can’t take it in."

When you haven’t come to know and understand the depth of God’s love, mercy, and grace, you easily formulate false ideas and perceptions of who He is. It may even pervert your faith, instead causing you to fear of Him.

Some believe God is mad at them and wants to strike them down or punish them with judgment or destruction because of something they’ve done wrong. God is just and nothing escapes His sight, but God isn't out to get anyone. He desires to draw us into reconciliation and forgiveness of sin. That is what Jesus died for. He wants to help us to understand His love and see life through His eyes. Then we will want to live for Him. But, for far too many, instead of drawing close to God in faith because of knowing His mercy and love, they are deceived into thinking every little thing going wrong in their life is God’s doing because He is mad at them. They fear Him and pull back from Him. Some believe that God made them sick to teach them a lesson or as a judgment for their sin. They have taken Satan’s attacks and destruction and attributed as God's doing. Now that's a false and wrong perception. It will affect their faith. If they think God wants them sick, then they surely won't look to Him for help or to minister healing to them.

Is a wrong perception of God stealing your faith? When you are going through a hard time, do you begin to wonder or doubt if God cares or loves you? Do you question if He wants to help you?

Luke 18:7-8 (NLT) "... So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, He will grant justice to them quickly..."

God makes it clear. The problem is not with Him. It boils down to this. Do we really know Him? Have we taken the time to know and become intimate with Him so that we do know of His mercy and goodness? Or, has a wrong perception because of a lack of seeking and getting to know Him for who He really is, stolen your faith? Do you only know what others say the Bible says, or have you learned to read it for yourself?  Seek Jesus! He loves you! He is constantly trying to reach you. He wants to help you! Open your eyes and pay attention and you'll see. As Hebrews 13:6 says, "So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

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

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Worth Remembering During the Storms of Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt


"During the Storms of Life" (Author Unknown)

Years ago, I was enthralled as I listened to a pastor who for several years had faithfully served the church. His executive responsibilities had taken him all over this country. As he concluded his message, he told of one of the most frightening yet thought-provoking experiences of his life.

He had been on a long flight. The first warning of the approaching problems came when the sign on the airplane flashed on: "Fasten your seat belts." Then, after a while, a calm voice said, "We shall not be serving the beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is fastened."
As he looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive. Later, the voice of the announcer said, "We are so sorry that we are unable to serve the meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us." And then the storm broke. The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightening lit up the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash.

The pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him. He said, "As I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm. And then, I suddenly saw a girl to whom the storm meant nothing. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat and was reading a book. Everything within her small world was calm and orderly. Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again; then she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were not in her world. When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm, when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid."

The minister could hardly believe his eyes.
It was not surprising therefore, that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, he lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time.

Having commented about the storm and behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid. The sweet child replied, "Sir, my Dad is the pilot, and he is taking me home." - Author Unknown -

Galatians 4:6 (MSG) "You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, "Papa! Father!"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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