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Friday, September 29, 2017

The Americans

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I have printed this once before, but after all the trending put-downs of this nation, I felt impressed to post it again! And let me add this comment. Our nation has been far from perfect since it's existence. The atrocities and sins of this nation are many. But like any immature, even rebellious teenager, this nation has grown up and is maturing. America sets an example of goodness in so many ways to the world around us. Like any person, if you focus on their faults, that's pretty much all you'll see. You'll miss the good in them and hold them in contempt—locking them into issues they have. But, when you focus on the goodness that is within them and help encourage them to continue to grow, mature, improve, and be a light—they do! Our nation has always improved and continues to do so. It may not happen fast enough for our liking, but that is how life evolvesslowly! There is a reason so many people want to move to American and live. They see the good! This post was written by a Canadian commentator who could see our good. After reading this, I pray that the people of our nation will see the good and try to improve through appropriate and constructive conversation with the love of Jesus guiding us. If we don't, the divide will continue to grow and we will lose what has made American great in the past. God bless you!  Pastor Tim 

What you are about to read is an amazing text of an editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator from June 5, 1973. It was printed into Congressional Record.

"The Americans"

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971 and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the earth.

As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtze. Who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did. They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges and the Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of the Mississippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it. When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries into help... Managua Nicaragua is one of the most recent examples. So far this spring, 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped. The Marshall Plan .. the Truman Policy .. all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now, newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent war-mongering Americans.

I'd like to see one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplanes. Come on... let's hear it! Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar or the Douglas 107? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all international lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or women on the moon?

You talk about Japanese technocracy and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy and you find men on the moon, not once, but several times ... and safely home again. You talk about scandals and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everyone to look at. Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, most of them ... unless they are breaking Canadian laws .. are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend here. When the Americans get out of this bind ... as they will... who could blame them if they said 'the hell with the rest of the world'. Let someone else buy the Israel bonds, Let someone else build or repair foreign dams or design foreign buildings that won't shake apart in earthquakes.

When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke. I can name to you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble.

Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake. Our neighbours have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles.

I hope Canada is not one of these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians. And finally, the American Red Cross was told at its 48th Annual meeting in New Orleans this morning that it was broke.

This year's disasters .. with the year less than half-over… has taken it all and nobody...but nobody... has helped.

The Americans Gordon Sinclair Radio Station CFBR 1010 2 St. Clair Avenue West Toronto, Ontario, Canada. "LET'S BE PERSONAL" Broadcast June 5, 1973 CFRB, Toronto, Ontario Topic:

Note from Pastor Tim: It is my prayer, that Christians will let prayer and the love of God guide their hearts, communication and voice. AND, through the grace and strength of God, will use restraint from any form of inappropriate communication or action. Let change start with each one of us and now! Please feel free to share this! 

Proverbs 14:34 (NLT) "Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people."


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Your Source of Strength to Overcome Sin!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was a young Christian just learning the Bible and trying to understand this new world of God that my eyes had been opened to, I had a goal. It was a naive goal. It was an unrealistic goal. It was in truth, an impossible goal. I had the thought that it might be an impossible goal yet I wanted to pursue it. My goal was to live perfectly for God. In pursuit of this goal, I told myself that I would learn all of God's ways and never sin again. I was going to conquer every sinful area of my life and get rid of them. It was the least I could do. I was motivated. I loved Jesus so much and felt so grateful to Him for giving His life for me, I wanted to do this for Him! I wanted to somehow pay Him back for what He had done for me. I loved Him and I wanted to prove it. As I said, an extremely naive goal of a young and naive new Christian.

It took no time at all before I was in trouble. I sinned. I watched an inappropriate R-rated movie that contained profanity and some sexual scenes. Prior to Jesus, I loved almost any kind of movie including the inappropriate ones. Now my heart convicted me. Even so, I was learning the strength of my carnal flesh. I’d still occasionally caved into my flesh and watched one, feeling horrible. I would immediately repent.

After one of these occasions I was on my knees praying and asking God to forgive me. God spoke to my heart and said, Tim, you can’t turn me on and off like a light switch. We can’t have fellowship that way. You are pushing me away whether you realize it or not. And, if you continue this way, it will harden you heart over time. You’ll become callous to this sin.

I could have cried when I heard the Lord say this. I’d think about the pain and suffering Jesus went through out of His love for me and yet I couldn’t turn off a movie? I had no idea that my flesh was so entrenched in committing sin! And now I was learning the struggle of choosing between my sinful nature and the path God wanted me to take. For a long time, I felt like I was part of a last place football team, losing much more than winning. I’d sin knowing it was wrong and then ask for forgiveness. Something had to change. I’d think about my goal to live perfectly for God—learning all His ways and never sinning. What happened to that goal? That dream was quickly falling by the wayside.

In time, I learned ways to draw strength from God. Galatians 5:16-18 (NLT) “So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves. The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. But when you are directed by the Holy Spirit, you are no longer subject to the law."  

This was telling me that as long as I lived on the edge of playing with and doing what I knew was wrong, my life would be sin conscience—full of do’s and don'ts—the law. I would never defeat the feeling of the law nor win overcoming my fleshly sinful desires. I discovered that God’s freeing strength from the desire of sin came to me when I thought about the purpose and love of God for my life—being an influence for Jesus. Strength would come when I would think about having an influence for Jesus upon my family, friends, and co-workers. Strength would come when I focused on being a light and example to others. Strength would come when I would pray for those around me to come to Christ or to draw closer to Christ. Strength would come when I'd pray for God to use me to be a touch of God's love to those in my day. There were so many ways strength would come when I thought about living out my purpose. From that place, my life and thoughts increasingly focused on good things. Inward strength and godly desires replaced the fleshly desires and temptations. I took on commitments on serving others in church! I started teaching new believers some beginning basics in their new walk with God. (I learned more than they did!) I would start using my time wisely and live to fulfill Galatians 5:13 (NLT) "For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love."

I later got involved in a men’s Bible study. The richness of the atmosphere of studying together with other men that loved God was strengthening and rewarding. Renee and I started working in children’s ministry to teach four and five-year-olds God’s Word. Working with those children became eight of the most precious years of my life. I loved those kids and loved learning to communicate Bible stories in the most simplistic fashion to them. It actually taught me how to become a much more effective communicator! I was growing and being strengthened in the Lord.  

Every time I purposed to serve others I gained strength, and areas of sin which previously held me in bondage dropped off. I wasn’t just giving time and love. I was getting it! The freedom to serve one another set me free from my sinful nature. It lost its power over me!  

Yes, it didn't take long to realize how futile my goal of living a perfectly sinless life in my own strength was. I couldn’t just will myself to not sin. The strength to stop sinning came out of a sincere love for Jesus and by experiencing the “freedom to serve one another in love.” It came from the Holy Spirit as I followed His direction and let my love for Jesus permeate my every thought and action. It was and still is the source and activator of my strength over sin! And it's yours too!

Psalms 37:17 (MSG)  "For the wicked are moral weaklings but the righteous are God-strong."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

You CAN Defeat Temptation!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When you think of the word temptation, what are the first temptations that come to your mind? Generally, temptations are things we crave or lust after. Everyone has temptations and they are designed by Satan to rob from us. They attempt to rob us of walking upright with God including our integrity, moral fortitude and purity, honesty, and every other good thing in our life. Peter found that out at the time of Jesus greatest persecution.

Jesus had warned Peter about a temptation that was soon to come.  He said, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." (Matthew 26:41 NIV) The temptation Peter crashed and failed at was to NOT admit he knew and followed Jesus when asked by those that hated Jesus. When Jesus warned Peter of this temptation to come, Peter had the opportunity to respond reverentially—to listen to Jesus and respond affirmatively and then pray for God to strengthen him. Instead, Peter responded flippantly like most of us would saying “Lord, even if everyone else betrays you, I never will.” Peter was confident in his own willpower and love for the Lord. That is the mistake every Christian learns the hard way. As passionate as we may seem in the moment, the strength of our own willpower will most often fail us. We cannot survive without praying for God's grace to strengthen us!

Proverbs 14:26 NKJV says, “In the (reverential) fear of the Lord there is strong confidence…” Strong confidence in our own willpower is nothing but pride!  Taking the Lord at His Word and putting faith in His directives more than confidence in your own willpower or ability, is the birthplace of real confidence. Therefore, when the Lord says to watch and pray so that we will not fall into temptation, He is saying that prayer is what will help us be spiritually sensitive enough to catch moments of temptation and pause to lean on the grace of God. As I've said many times before, grace is God's supernatural help and strength to resist temptation and to help you do anything He's asked you to do. His empowering grace is the source of strength to obey God. Once you fully comprehend that your spirit is willing but your flesh or own willpower is weak and flawed, then you begin to lean on the Lord’s grace and prayer.

Most temptations in life are not those huge lurking obvious ones that first come to mind. Most of those we face are seemingly small and inconsequential and easy to pass over and fall prey to. God may be dealing with you in a number of areas of your life. The devil may be tempting you in those same areas day after day to keep you in a place of small failures and disobedience to God. His goal is to lead you from God and His blessings!

The Holy Spirit tries to help us in these areas but too often we just blow by them. We do because we are not praying and therefore, not sensitive to the Holy Spirit's alerting and trying to help us. We get cold to His voice and leading. We then easily yield to those simple temptations while making jokes and excuses about them to help us feel better in the moment. Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit is where it begins and prayer will get us there. That's what Jesus wanted Peter to know. It's there we’ll begin to find the strength to say yes to what we should and no to what we shouldn’t.

For the past 34 years I've been a part of discipleship group. In that group we talk about everything—including temptations we face. We encourage each other, pray together and draw strength from the transparency that in itself is a from of accountability. These are all tools of the grace of God. In those times where I am alone and temptation comes, I just pause, let the Lord remind me I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and then draw on His grace and resist what I should.
You gain strength and momentum when you practice resisting the devil and temptation and do things God's way. And you feel so much better for doing so!

The grace of God, not my own willpower is the only place that I have strong confidence—confidence in His ability and strength working in me through prayer!

Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Why Do Christians Sometimes Feel Naked, Unworthy, and Afraid?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


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

Sin made them feel unworthy, naked and afraid before God knowing God knows and sees all. Knowing they felt this way, God made them a covering covered their nakedness, but that's all it covered. They would have to leave the garden because of their sin and feeling unworthy. A sense of sin can make you feel naked and unworthy before God. God doesn't want us to feel this way and so He sent His only begotten son Jesus to die for our sins so that once again, we could be forgiven and made worthy of our relationship with God. God made Adam and Eve a covering for nakedness but He then made the world a covering for nakedness and sin! He made one for you and I. When we receive Jesus, we receive the covering called righteousness that washes and covers us so we that we become righteously presentable before God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT reveals, "God made Jesus who had never sinned, to be the offering of our sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God of through Christ Jesus."

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


These scriptures and others help us see that once we have received Jesus as our Savior, we gain His righteousness. This is not a righteousness we earn by being good. It is a righteousness earned by Jesus and given as a gift to us. Our faith in this righteousness given to us, is like putting on a perfectly white robe. When God looks at us, He only sees the robe, white, pure, and without blemish. Our sins are washed away and we've been made righteous.

The robe is God's covering for us so that Colossians 1:22 NIV becomes true for us."But now He (God) has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation..." And, Romans 4:7-8 (NIV) says,"Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."

Christians often feel like they are unworthy before God. Sin will make you feel that way. If it didn't, your heart would be getting hard. So sincerely repent every time! Sin is not okay, but receive the forgiveness that He's given and move forward in His provision and covering of righteousness. When you focus on His love and righteousness it gives you desire and strength to love and live for God and resist the temptation of sin.

Jesus has made us worthy and a child of God that He loves and desires to help. Can your faith accept that? Can you understand that God wants you to walk in His ways, but when you blow it, His love for you is not dependent upon your personal ability to be perfect? Can you understand He removed your sins and covers you with His love? His robe for you was given to produce a confidence within you of His never-ending love. Wear that robe by faith and with it, go before Him in worship, in times of thanksgiving, in fellowship with Him, and in times of need and prayer. Because of your faith, God sees you covered in His robe. And you are beautiful to Him!

Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, September 22, 2017

A Little Humor: Men, Directions, and the Bagpiper

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A little humor is good for the soul. I hope this brings that to you today!  Bless you, Pastor Tim 

Men, Directions, and the Bagpiper 
(Author Unknown) 

Lay down whatever is bothering you. Breathe in the fresh air and learn from this story:

Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life.

As a bagpiper, I've played many venues. I was recently asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost. And true to my manhood, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral director had evidently gone, and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left, and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.

I went to the side of the grave and looked down. The vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

As I played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep. They wept; I wept; we all wept together. When I finished playing, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen anything like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years!"

Apparently, I'm still lost … it's a man thing.

Proverbs 17:22 "A merry heart does good, like medicine..."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Part Two: Powerful Life-changing Promises and Lessons

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I've said this before but it's worth repeating. Worrying is sin. Really? Yes! It is because it is the practice of unbelief. Unbelief is the devil's tool and delivers the opposite heart and mindset that God wants you to have. Unbelief is the force of knocking God off the throne of your heart. Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) reveals "And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him." Faith and trust in the Lord's word and promises are what moves God and the angels who are assigned to minister to you as an heir of salvation.

There was a centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant. Read these verses and you'll see how his faith moved the heart of Jesus and therefore God! Matthew 8:8-10 (NIV) "The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."  When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith."

I grew up as a worrier. My mom was a worrier. I believe she thought it was a compassionate and caring character quality to worry about everyone. It was imparted to me. God’s Word showed me that worrying is sin. Prior to receiving Jesus, worrying was what I did during the night. My brain went on overload and I could not stop thinking. The Holy Spirit taught me that worrying was not of God.

Matthew 6:27 & 34 says, ”Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not….“So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today.” And 1 Peter 5:7 NLT says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you.” The Holy Spirit taught me that my mind belonged to me and that I was to learn to take control and be the filter for the thoughts I let run through my mind. I was to learn to exclude and cast out worrying. That seemed like one of the most amazing things I had ever learned. I trained myself to shut my mind down from all the busy nagging thoughts. I did that by either singing worship songs to the Lord or by quoting God's promises out loud. If those thoughts of worry tried to dominate, I'd sing or speak louder. God gives us the authority and directive to do this in 2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ..." It wasn't long before I was gaining control of my thought-life and thinking on God's love and promises as the basis of faith-filled prayers instead of being overwhelmed with worry! What a glorious change, transformation and victory in my life.

There were occasions when I would suddenly wake up in the middle of the night.  It was different from any time in the past. I would just suddenly awaken and it was like I was wide awake. I learned that this was the Lord. He wanted me to pray. I learned to yield and be used of God in prayer. I would usually pray in tongues and with my understanding. Psalm 16:7 NIV says, “I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.” These kinds of times were amazing because it was like the Lord would illuminate things I needed to know, pray for, and pay attention to (but not worry about—just pray!) I knew He was helping me catch things that might have slipped between the cracks or that I would have forgotten to taken care of. For that reason, I learned to keep a journal and pen by my bed or called my voicemail to remind myself what the Lord was speaking to me in the night. I'd write it down so I did not forget and then be released back to sweet sleep.

When I started yielding to this, it created another fear—the fear of a lack of sleep and the fear of being exhausted the next day. I knew in my heart the Lord would not wake me up to pray and then leave me exhausted. I’d just pray that He would give me grace and strength for that day and then bless me with sweet sleep the next night. I had the promise of God for that. Psalm 4:8 NIV “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” And, Psalm 28:8 says, “The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed.”

All this was a process but truly an exciting adventure! It may have taken me a year to get to this point, but I did. And it changed my life forever! Worrying is not allowed. Take control of my thoughts and make them align with God's word. Remember that sleepless moments are opportunities to pray and intercede for others. Capture nighttime thoughts from God to help me remember things I needed to know or do. And trust in His grace to supernaturally help me through the days of nights of less sleep. Not worrying but trusting God through all of this is where the victory resides! It's life-changing and will bless you!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Part One: Powerful Life-changing Promises and Lessons

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by Pastor Tim Burt


There are things that each of us may have gone through in some point of our life that have left us with the thought, I never want to go through that again. That’s how I felt after growing up as an insomniac. I believe it’s what led to my becoming addicted to alcohol and drugs prior to giving my life to the Lord at the age of 24. I drank to pass out so I could sleep. That obviously only led from one set of issues to another. After I gave my heart to the Lord, not only was I delivered from drugs and alcohol, but I was delivered from insomnia. I began to read my Bible every chance I got and ended every day by reading my Bible. I took that as God’s promise to me. I memorized this, thanked God for it and fell asleep thanking Him for it—every night!

Proverbs 3:24 NIV “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” I had read the verse the Lord taught me that I had to pay attention not only to the part that said, “your sleep will be sweet” but also to “you will not be afraid.” There were some occasions where I was afraid—afraid of returning insomnia. God taught me that fear, whose source is Satan, is the same force as faith. Whatever you have feared in the past or future is the fear that he'll try to present to you today. Faith is fueled by belief and trust in God’s promises.

One promise that should put a sword in your hand to dismember fear comes from 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” When I would feel fear over not being able to sleep or the return of insomnia began to surface, I’d rebuke those fears and call them out as the lies that they were! I'd literally speak God's promises out loud to overcome those fears. A calm and peace would come and I would continue to thank God for the promises of His Word.

Over time the Lord revealed that some of the reasons I could occasionally not sleep well were self-inflicted. The Holy Spirit taught me not to drink coffee with caffeine after a certain time of the day. It was keeping me awake at night. God later taught me that eating later in the evening or at night made my digestive system work and that kept me awake. He showed me that sometimes it would be about eating a sweet loaded with sugar and that would wind me up. I had to pay attention to the Holy Spirit. I had to listen to His voice as He helped me think through and discern the part I needed to execute in obedience to God. When I did my part in what I allowed myself to consume in the evening and then refused to allow fearful thoughts to reside in my mind, my sleep stayed sweet (and I lost weight.)

I know when I write some of this, it might appear like these things happened suddenly and easily.  Trust me when I tell you these are lessons learned over time taught by the Holy Spirit while spending time in the Word and prayer. God's promises always prevail in our life when we learn to take hold of them by faith and stand on them. We do so until they are completely manifest in our life. And then we thank Him again and again forever and ever! More tomorrow on this subject.

2 Samuel 22:31 (NLT) “God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Help Turn the Trend of an Angry World

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by Pastor Tim Burt


This devotion is slightly longer than normal. But it's worth it! Be patient and let it help you! Thanks, Pastor Tim

I drove my car through a car wash the other day, and upon finishing, drove into one of the stalls that have vacuums so you can vacuum your car.  This car wash was very busy with cars and people everywhere. As I got out of my car, I opened my trunk to get some towels to dry off my car. As I looked up, I noticed there was a woman nearby staring at me. That happens frequently to me because so many people know me from our large church. I smiled back and said Hi when she immediately started swearing and me with such anger that I was shocked. She then called me a white supremacist and kept the slurs coming. I tried for a minute to question her as to why she was angry so I could apologize if I did something. I thought she might be mistaking me for someone else. But, I could not get in a word as she did not let up. I kept my mouth shut, and went about my business vacuuming out my car while those around listened to her continue. Why was she mad? I guess I'll never know.

It's been said frequently these days, that it's an angry world out there. People become infected by societies influence and because of that, we have some seriously angry people walking around. I believe part of the problem is that people are getting the impression it's okay to be angry and let it fly! The thought of mutual respect, restraint, civil discourse, and showing kindness is being traded for appalling and rude and hurtful behavior. Do you ever get angry feelings that stir and quickly grow and eventually come out like a volcano?

There were times as a young adult when I had a short fuse. I would occasionally erupt like a volcano. The combination of not knowing Christ, and my youth and immaturity contributed to this kind of rude behavior. I am ashamed of those days. I have not let that happen in my life in a great many years.

Anger is a valid emotion but one that has a boundary and whose line can too easily be crossed. We are instructed in Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV, “In your anger do not sin…” These verses are instructional and insightful saying "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold..." God clearly teaches us that anger in itself is not sin, but that it can be carried to the point of sin, and when that happens, it gives "...the devil a foothold." Those words literally means giving the devil occupancya place to dwell.

For some people, their anger not only crosses the line of inappropriateness resulting in sin, but they practically invite the devil to sit down at their table and sign a long-term lease to live with them. How does that happen?

Anger unrestrained will lead to all kinds of hurtful outbursts that will cause pain and regret. People that sin in their anger seldom stay on the issue they are angry over. They often draw past offenses and hurts to the scene. Their angry words causes anger to swell. That can become the early stage of rage which always leads to irrational thinking. Eruption is now brewing below the surface. Unbridled anger or rage leads to irrational thoughts that then lead to thoughts of every kind of evil. James 3:16 KJV, says it like this, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”

As words begin to erupt from this anger, they begin to flow like lava and the devil now has a foothold. The words will be destructive and do damage to anyone in its path. In many cases, those words do long-term damage that is difficult for people to recover from. They lead to great and deeply rooted bitterness.

God’s wisdom tells us the danger in letting our anger ever cross the boundaries of inappropriateness.

Proverbs 27:4 NIV says, “Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming…”

Proverbs 14:17 NIV says, “A quick-tempered man does foolish things….”

Proverbs 21:19 KJV “It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.”

Proverbs 29:22 NIV “An angry man stirs up dissension (strife), and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.”

Proverbs 22:24 NIV reveals that anger can affect others, even becoming like an infectious disease. It says, “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, and do not associate with one easily angered.”

Proverbs 25:23 says, “As the north wind brings rain: so does an angry countenance bring a backbiting tongue.” The word angry here literally means foam at the mouth and is referring to the evil look of unbridled anger. The term “backbiting tongue” refers to the abundance of evil words spoken that absolutely cover their target with a blanket of ill spoken and hurtful words.

If you are a person who frequently gets angry, you—not those around you are the problem. You are selfish and have made everything in life about yourself and those violating you. Your demand for perfection is born out of a need to personally control  all of life around you. It is sinful and wrong. You need to switch your focus from the imperfections of others, to getting your own attitude right. People are not perfect and you have a view of yourself that is far too high. You are too forgiving of your own faults and too critical of others. You need to take on God’s temperament.

Psalms 103:8 reveals, “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” God isn’t expecting people to meet His perfection. He had Jesus come and do that. Jesus was the only one who could. God is driven by love, to help people make progress with great patience. He sees the best in us, not the worst. He dwells on what we can become, and not simply what we are at the moment. He dwells on building us up and not tearing us down. 

If anger is a problem for you, here are some steps of wisdom that can help break that in you.

When angry—stick with the issue you are dealing with. Keep grievances from the past out!  And by all means, get all the facts and perspectives before coming to any kind of conclusion that would lead to anger. This will save you from being embarrassed over and over again. Ask yourself how big of an issue is this in the scope of the big picture of life? Is the fact that Billy left his room a mess today (even if you’ve told him a hundred times before) going to be the first step to the end of the world or to his personal demise? Think solution, not problem. Just keep patiently working with him and think of motivators to help him. Ask yourself if you have ever violated what you are angry about or something similar? Would you have liked it if your dad or boss screamed at you? Wouldn't you have liked them to help you work through needed change? Can you be merciful and help instruct them in a calm way how to make changes? Can you be patient while they make those changes? Is there anything you’ve apologized to the Lord for violating umpteen times? Would you rather be known for being merciful, kind, and helpful, or angry, tough, and ruthless? Which more represents God?

To keep anger from turning to rage, limit yourself to how much you think about or mull it over. Speak few words about it as words fuel anger like gas on a fire. Pray to ask God to help you forgive and seek forgiveness for your own personal faults at the time of your anger toward someone else. Finally, and most important, pray for that person from a spirit of love and faith with the sincere desire to help them. When your prayers are sincere, it's like pouring water on a campfire.

Break this into a plan and you will have a plan to reduce rage to anger, and anger to appropriate anger. Let's turn the trend of our angry world starting with ourself.

Ephesians 4:26-27, “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

"On Being Found" A Beautiful Story

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by Pastor Tim Burt


My daughter Stephanie, her husband Daniel, and their childrenmy grandchildren Madeline and Macy are Pastors and missionaries in the country of Peru. Today's story, "On Being Found" is a beautifully touching story written by them. I am confident that this true story will touch your heart and bless you greatly!

"On Being Found" By Daniel Gutierrez


In life we experience surreal moments. Sometimes they’re our own surreal moments, like holding your newborn in your arms for the first time and realizing, “This is my child,” or standing at the altar, hearing, as if in a fog, the pronouncement that you and your love are now man and wife.
They are surreal, because we recognize that in these moments, something profound is happening – something that will forever change life from the way it was to the way it now will be.
And one of the greatest joys in life is getting to witness those moments in the lives of those we love. To catch a glimpse into these magical moments in life is so sweet.
Jesus & abuelita 2Two weeks ago, we had the privilege of witnessing one of these moments.
Several months ago, a darling little one-year-old boy was abandoned at the hospital by his mother. The little boy had Down’s Syndrome and other physical disabilities, and perhaps the mother felt overwhelmed by what it would take to care for him. Whatever it was, he was left. Alone.
The children’s home where we serve at, Padre Martinho’s Casa Hogar, received a call asking if they would be able to take him in for “just a week or so.” When he heard what had happened, the director, Brother Juan, immediately said yes, even though he knew it would certainly be more than a week and possibly permanent.
Jesús, a few weeks after arriving at the orphanage

Jesús, a few weeks after arriving at the orphanage
We met “Jesús” (they gave him a name since he didn’t have one) shortly after when we went to volunteer with our church family. The entire team fell in love with Jesús; his mischievous, twinkly eyes and quick smile made him an instant favorite. Under the care of the staff, he grew healthy and strong. As the youngest child at the orphanage, he was everyone’s baby.
One day we went to visit “our kids” and as usual, our daughters Madeline and Macy came with us, and the first child they ran to look for was Jesús. We were told that he was at the clinic for a doctor’s visit and would be back soon.
A few minutes later, a middle-aged woman and a teenager knocked on the door. When Brother Juan let them in, Danny and I had just happened to walk into the room at the same time, so we got to hear their story.
They held up a picture of Jesús and asked if we had seen him. In tears, the woman told us how her granddaughter in Iquitos (the teenager with her) had received a call asking if she knew where the abandoned child’s family could be found. The granddaughter then reached out to her grandmother, who had been worried sick for the last few months because her daughter and grand baby had disappeared. Together, the grandmother and granddaughter had come to the children’s home when they had heard there was a chance the lost child had been found.
And just as they finished telling us their story, the doorbell rang. The nurse had just arrived home with Jesús. Everyone in the room looked at each other, took a deep breath, and then walked to the door.
Danny and I hung back as we allowed the grandmother and granddaughter to be the first to the door, our eyes fixed on the woman’s face as she choked back sobs at the sight of her lost grandchild. I pulled out my camera and was able to capture this moment of lost turned to found, anxiety turned to relief, sorrow turned to joy.
Our sweet Jesús had found his home.
Grandmother and grandchild, reunited

Grandmother and grandchild, reunited
That day, we witnessed an unforgettable moment of unfiltered love and thankfulness. We were reminded that nothing on earth is sweeter than being found by the one who loves you.
We were lost. Now we are found. And the heavens rejoice.
If you don't know Jesus as your Lord and Savior and you are not sure if you'd go to Heaven if you died today, the Bible says you are one of those who is lost. The good news is that Jesus will help you be found and Heaven can be your home. Please read this and it will help this happen for you!
Read: "The Road to God's Forgiveness and Salvation, and the Gift of Heaven."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Have You Set Your Faith Like Flint?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Do you know the old expression Is your cup half empty or half full? Well tell me this—how do you view this in relation to your life? Are you waiting for your ship to pull in before you become excited about what God has done in your life or have you noticed and are you thankful for what God has blessed you with now?

In the 2nd chapter of Malachi, we read about those who could only see from the half empty perspective. They were God’s people but their heart, their attitude, and their personal lives before God did not reflect it. Consequently, how they viewed and understood God and the way He treated them was contemplated from a distorted perspective. When you aren’t living right before God and yet you still expect His blessings, your perspective is off somewhere. If you read the book of Malachi, you would see that God’s people were doing their own thing, yet wanting God to bless them outside of obedience to His Word. Thus they developed a lousy and skewed perspective and attitude. They whined that God blessed evil doers while not blessing them. Malachi 2:17 NIV says, “You have wearied the LORD with your words.” How have we wearied him?” you ask. By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and He is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice?”

In modern-day language, it might sound like this. "God always seems to bless them but we never get blessed.” “This blessing stuff doesn’t work. My brother Frank has enough money for the entire family and yet he lives like the devil.” “I don’t get it. I give God some money once in a while and my car breaks down and I don’t have enough for the bills. That’s it! I’ve had it. If this is how God is going to deal with me, I’m going to keep my money and live like the devil, maybe I’ll come out ahead.”

If you notice at the start of this verse, it says, “You have wearied the Lord with your words.” We know that the Bible teaches, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” If someone was speaking words that wearied God, then we know that this was what was in their heart and thus, their perspective.

In Isaiah 50:7 we see the half full perspective. “Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” This is the person who truly knows the Lord and is confident from the promises of God ,that the Lord is their helper, and consequently sets their face like flint. They know that God is there for them and that settles it. They are not going to be moved no matter what the negative circumstances seem to say. This is a heart attitude that emulates faith—faith that pleases God. This person's heart is a beautiful and inviting atmosphere for God to move mightily in. In the book of Matthew, we read about the woman with the issue of blood who had been sick for 12 years. She had finally set her face like flint toward God. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” This pleased the Lord because her words rightly reflected the heart and will of God. Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment. Matthew 9:21-22 NIV

When Christians aren’t mindful of God's love and promises to them, then when trouble comes, their faith is at risk. They most often don't feel like God is helping them. They soon become weary and disappointed and feel like their faith is dying. They begin to feel distant and pull back from God. They stop meditating on His Word and quit praying. Next they stop going to church and then eventually pull back from Christian friends. And finally they get careless about what they think and do that they know is outside of God's will and become loose with sinful behavior. It's just a short time later that whining and complaining begins to spill out their mouth. Their perception of God’s goodness has deteriorated and becomes distorted. Satan lurks just around the corner ready to convince them that having faith in God is bogus and a complete waste of time.

Intimate relationship is about great communication and God wants us to spend time in His word meditating on the depth of His love and promises He makes to His children. When we keep them before us and praise God for His intimate love toward us, then the our eyes of our heart are opened and we see more of what He is doing in our life.  We notice His touch and help! We notice the small miracles that others call coincidence. It strengthens our faith.

Our faith is to become steadfast like flint toward God’s promises as we see it spoken of in Isaiah 50:7. “Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” Flint is a variety of quartz, that due to its extreme hardness, is easily shaped by flaking. Known and used since very ancient times, flint was used by the Israelites for knives, ax heads, arrow heads, spear heads and starting fires. God wants us to be immovable by circumstances, instead standing hard core like flint in His promises. He wants them to be the tool we use to shut the mouth of the devil. He wants our words to be: Father, I thank you that this is your promise for me and I’ll not be moved until I see it manifest in my life. I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. When we draw close to Him with that kind of tenacity, God will help us see the cup half-full while He is filling it the rest of the way. Our face will be set like flint and our faith ignited.

Be blessed as you praise God for the abundance of goodness that He has touched your life with today! Speak your thanks out loud to Him. and watch your heart grow closer and your faith grow stronger. And finally, watch it change you and your circumstances.

Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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