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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

God's Wisdom For Greater Peace in Your Life


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by Pastor Tim Burt

It's winter here in Minnesota and although I love parts of winter, I dream about summer frequently this time of year. I remembered this one day last summer. I was out on a lake on a beautiful sunny summer day. There was no wind. The lake was like glass—like one big mirror reflecting the sky and the trees around it. It was so beautiful and peaceful, it was mind-blowing! Thinking about that this morning made me think of the words perfect peace from Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you."  

Today I want to suggest to you a simple truth that is a principle of God motivated by love and a desire for greater peace in your life.

In 1 Kings we read that King Solomon had just died. During his reign his kingdom had experienced 40 years of peace which may have been the longest and most peaceful reign of any king ever. His son Rehoboam had begun to take over. He wanted advice about making a change in how the kingdom was run. The people wanted to know what kind of king he was going to be. They were a tired people. King Solomon had taxed the people hard and worked them hard. Rehoboam went to his young advisersmen that he had grown up with who had little to no experience but were promoted like he was to this new position. He also went to his older adviserswise men that had served for a great many years under his father.

We read in 1 Kings 12:9-11. “What is your advice?" he asked them. "How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?" The young men replied, "This is what you should tell those complainers: 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist—if you think he was hard on you, just wait and see what I'll be like! Yes, my father was harsh on you, but I'll be even harsher! My father used whips on you, but I'll use scorpions!'" This was cruel and uncompassionate advice from novices that were cocky and egotistical gloating in their new power.
The older advisers gave Rehoboam contrary advice. “The older counselors replied, "If you are willing to serve the people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects." 1 Kings 12:7 This is not the advice that Rehoboam took, but it is the advice that would have won over the people and the kingdom. He refused it and instead listened to his young advisers taking the advice that doomed his kingdom and reign.

Proverbs 15:1 tells us, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” It’s more than just the gentle answer that has true results. It’s the gentle answer that comes not as a manipulative tactic, but from a sincere and caring heart that desires unity and peace.

Some people foolishly seem to love conflict and get joy out of flexing their muscles and ego while stoking the fires that provoke anger. This should not be the case of a Christian. If you are a lover of God, then you have the Holy Spirit instructing you to be a person that truly wants to serve and help people. When conflict arises, pause and let the Spirit of God arise within you. Instead of defensively sparring back, pause, ask for God's grace in a momentary prayer, and then, giving place for the Holy Spirit to speak through you, give a reasonable and gentle answer. Answer as one that takes into consideration what the other person is trying to get across. If you will be considerate of their position and make concessions and work with them wherever you can, then you will not only turn away wrath, you will have people who respect you, are more loyal and willing to work with you, and you'll experience much greater peace and harmony in your life.

When your heart has been transformed by God to sincerely want things to work out with people, you can because your heart is not stubborn. You are not selfish just to get your way, but rather, your heart desires to work toward the best resolve possible. When you've learned this, you'll experience fewer stormy days and more peaceful days—even a few more that are like that beautiful still day on the lake. 

A sincere love for people, a heart to serve others, and a heart that sincerely and respectfully cares for other's interests and concerns is one who has the heart of God. It will bring more agreement and harmony and much more of a peaceful life.

Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT2) "Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Transforming Power of Worshipping God

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Two of my grandchildren were at our home Sunday and one of them was reciting the Bible verses he learned this past week. Then they were dancing and singing to worship music we had playing in the background. God's Word came alive before my eyes. Psalms 8:2 (NIV) "From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise...." If we as adults could only get that free and so easily worship the Lord. Oh how positively it would affect our lives!  Isn't that what Matthew 18:4 says? “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

When we read through the Psalms, this is the experience we are reading. David would be out in the field with his sheep or coming back from a victory over his enemies and would be singing from his heart of love giving thanks to the Lord. He would get by himself and sing out what was in his heart to the Lord. God had declared that David had a heart after Himself. Acts 13:22 (NIV) "...I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart..."  How did David become that man? Many things contributed to David's faith-filled character, but maybe none as much as his heart of thanks and worship toward God. When your heart is full of thanksgiving, you see more of God in your life. In the book of Ephesians in chapter 1, the Apostle Paul called it "the eyes of your understanding." Through them, you are able to see God working behind the scenes in your life. You notice those touches of God that are His doing. And because you do, you become even more thankful! That was David and he simply could not contain it, It spilled from him in praise and worship to God!

Ephesians 5:19-21 KJV says "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...” Learning to sing your own words of thanksgiving to God from your heart can be a continuing and awesome way to share your thanks to the Lord. He is truly worthy of this sacrifice of praise! And, don't forget this Biblical truth—praise quiets your mind and emotions and helps you detach from the cares of this world. And, it stills the voice of the enemy in your thought-life!

Over two dozen years ago I made a change in my life that I walk in today. I turned the radio off in my car and began to pray and to sing my own melodies of thanks to the Lord. It was and is life-changing. I've reduced the garbage and noise that I used to perpetually let in, and instead began to let my heart lift up melodies and praise to the Lord. I sing to the Lord from my heart almost daily. I do not have a singing voice but I know that makes no difference to God. His word says "Make a joyful noise to the Lord!" That's me! The ways in which it draws you close to the Lord and supernaturally transforms your heart is beyond words! Besides, it’s our future destiny once we are reunited in Heaven with Jesus. So you might as well get started now! It will transform your life and intimacy with Him in the most wonderful way!

Revelation 7:9-12 (NLT) After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb… And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Yes God is Your Helper at This Very Moment

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by Pastor Tim Burt

It seems like everything is caving in around me. There have been times where you felt like that. Everyone has times like this in their life. God can feel so far away when circumstances get hurtfully bleak. I told someone feeling this way last week, Don’t you dare run from God right now. You run to Him! Psalms 34:19 (NKJV) says, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them ALL!" That is a promise to stand on in faith!

If Jesus is your Savior, the first thing God is to you is a Heavenly Father. You are His child. He loves you as His child. Romans 8:15-17 (NLT) says it like this: “So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God's very own children, adopted into His family—calling Him "Father, dear Father." For His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God's children."

God wants you to believe Him for His best as you see in this continuing verse“And since we are His children, we will share His treasures—for everything God gives to His Son, Christ, is ours, too.” And 2 Corinthians 6:18 (NIV) says, "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."  This is your Heavenly Father! Run to Him!

When the early church was growing, it was under attack. Herod in wanting to please the Jewish leaders of that day, persecuted the Christian movement that seemed to be growing. For the early Christians, this life in Christ was all new to them. One of their leaders, James, had just been captured and killed by Herod. They were too young in the Lord to really know what to do. They could have easily felt abandoned by God and felt anything but His children. We read about it here:

Acts 12:1-4 NLT “About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. He had the apostle James (John's brother) killed with a sword. When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish leaders, he arrested Peter during the Passover celebration and imprisoned him, placing him under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. Herod's intention was to bring Peter out for public trial after the Passover.”

Herod had just killed one of their main Christian leaders and now he apprehended the otherPeter, to publicly kill him. What started as great fellowship and unity for these Christians was turning into chaos. Their world was crumbing around them. There faith was greatly challenged. Was God really there behind the scenes?

What did these young Christians do? Acts 12:5 NIV says, “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” There is no mention of prayer for James. I don’t think they knew what to do at that point. This was all too new for them. James was killed. But, by the time Peter was apprehended, they got a clue. They got together to pray.

Let me park her for a minute. You might be in a hard place. Youlike them, might begin to pray. But like them, you can’t see beyond your prayers. You can’t really see what God is doing. You can’t really see how He is working on your behalf in response to your prayers. Either you are holding up true prayers of faith and you trust the Lord, or you are putting out words of desperation with nothing more than desperate hope going forth. Hebrews 11 tells us that it is faith that pleases God because faith believes God and that He is working in your behalf!

So, while they are huddled in a room praying, what is going on behind the scenes? What is God doing? Let’s read and see:

Acts 12:6-19 NLT, “The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, chained between two soldiers, with others standing guard at the prison gate. Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel tapped him on the side to awaken him and said, "Quick! Get up!" And the chains fell off his wrists. Then the angel told him, "Get dressed and put on your sandals." And he did. "Now put on your coat and follow me," the angel ordered. So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn't realize it was really happening. They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate to the street, and this opened to them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him. Peter finally realized what had happened. "It's really true!" he said to himself. "The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jews were hoping to do to me!" After a little thought, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many were gathered for prayer. He knocked at the door in the gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to open it. When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, "Peter is standing at the door!" "You're out of your mind," they said. When she insisted, they decided, "It must be his angel." Meanwhile, Peter continued knocking. When they finally went out and opened the door, they were amazed. He motioned for them to quiet down and told them what had happened and how the Lord had led him out of jail. "Tell James and the other brothers what happened," he said. And then he went to another place.”  

Do you see how God was working behind the scenes through their prayers of faith? God is working behind the scenes for you if you are drawing close to Him praying in faith! This is why Hebrews 13:5-6 NLT says, “…be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never forsake you." That is why we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper, so I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?" Don’t panic! Pray in faith and trust Him!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 07, 2018

Bad Marriage Turned to Great Marriages

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by Pastor Tim Burt

As a Pastor, I was asked to give spiritual guidance for marriage to struggling couples countless times. Sometimes I'd have both the husband and wife really wanting to make things work. That is best case scenario with the best potential to succeed. Other times I'd have a husband that wanted to fight for his marriage but his wife didn't. Or a wife that wanted to fight for her marriage but the husband didn't. These marriages are extremely difficult to help. In any case, I felt obligated by the Word of God to point couples to Jesus, to His Word, and to believe for a miracle of resurrected love that can only come when hearts are open to learn and be corrected by God’s Word.

The Word of God doesn’t give me permission to say, Just hang it up – you two will never make it. Only in cases of infidelity abuse, or when one person is married to an unbeliever, does God show allowance through His Word. (And by the way, this is not to judge or condemn anyone who is remarried or who has been divorced. Let's look forward—not back!)

I have never hidden the fact that Renee and I had problems in the first few years of our marriage. We were passionately in love yet plagued by immaturity. We were stubborn and selfish and had slightly delusional ideas of how marriage was supposed to work as we entered marriage. Most everyone thinks they can figure out how to be married. They think love will conquer all—that is until they face a brutal awakening.

There were times where each of us would occasionally be haunted with the thought, We might not make it. We didn't say it out loud to each other, but later we confessed that it was a thought we to each had to cast out of our thinking! We hated the thought. We wanted to make it but those kinds of thoughts do come when you feel like your feelings of love for each other have become faint to non-existent.  So what kept us fighting for our marriage?

Being Christians, we didn't want our marriage to fail. What kind of testimony to God’s love and power is that? We didn’t want to suffer the embarrassment. We didn’t want to be failures. We didn’t want to be viewed as phonies and hypocrites. Those were all poor reasons for wanting to have a good marriage and yet I am glad they were there. Good or bad reasons, they helped us hang in there.

There were also the right and most important reasons that we couldn't quit. First, we knew it was not God's will. We believed there had to be a way to turn it around. We believed and had faith in that. Secondly, strange as it may sound, in the midst of the turmoil, I knew that I had loved my wife and that love still had to be in there. Until those feelings were resurrected, I had to live out of the commitment that comes with love. Love is more than some elusive feeling. Third, we truly believed God always has the answers you need if you'll just seek Him. He is always there and not just willing, but desiring to help you get it right! Always! The question was, were we willing to humble ourselves and seek Him in whatever way it took to get the answers and help from Him to turn it around? We were! We both loved God. We were both determined to not let Satan eat our lunch. We were both determined to fulfill God’s will. And so we fought for it harder than we fought each other!

I sought the Lord often asking Him to change me and help me do whatever it took to turn our marriage around. In the midst of marriage troubles, it almost always feels like your spouse is the problem. I went to the Lord not asking Him to change her, but to help me change. To do that took spending time in prayer and God's Word. Honestly, most people aren't willing to pay this kind of price. But the price to co-exist unhappily is higher than the price to seek God for the answers and strength to change what needs to be changed.

He opened my eyes to look at things that bothered me with a new and fresh perspective. He helped me be more patient and kind in my temperament. He helped me to value the good I saw in Renee and overlook little quirks she had. I had them too! We all do! He helped me in ways that I don't have words for. He restored our love for each other. Within a couple of years of being newlyweds, with God's help, we were able to inwardly change and mature and watch our marriage mature. Our marriage got better every year. We now have an awesome marriage and we have matured in our love in more ways than I can describe. It makes me so thankful to God.

The Word of God can be so powerful and alive! In John 14:26, the Holy Spirit is called "the Counselor who will teach us in ALL things." Think about that. He is the Counselor. In other words, the advice, the wisdom, the help, the perfect counsel from the one whom is ALL KNOWING is available to those that seek Him! That is why we could not quit. God honored that and now I have the marriage I dreamed of when it was the marriage I toyed with throwing away.

I've learned that I can't make anyone believe God when He says, "All things are possible to Him who believes," but I know it's true and I do believe it! That's all I can do and all I can share with others. They have to come to that conclusion by seeking Him themselves and ask God to renew their hope and move forward from there. The true spiritual guidance any of us need for any area of our life is present within us if we have Jesus as our Lord and the Holy Spirit as our Counselor!

Mark 10:7-9 NIV “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Live Without Fear in These Last Days Before Jesus Comes Back

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I was in the garage one evening when the overhead light began to dim. A minute later it began to flicker and moments later the light went out. It reminded me of this world we live in. It has dimmed so much over the past 50 years that it has become a dark and scary world to most. It's why there's an epidemic of hopelessness and suicide. There is the constant talk about #ClimateChange which would happen over hundreds and thousands of years. I've got news for you! The more important conversation should be about the #ImmoralityChange. That change will have much greater consequences in a much shorter period of time as it already has and is accelerating. It began to accelerate when God and prayer was stripped from public schools, homes, media, and society. It's lead to #Godless homes, abandonment of marriage, the disregard for human life through abortion, fatherless children, an escalating violence and sexual perversion in media, and drug and sexual addiction, perversion, and sex-trafficking. The #ImmoralityChange will consume our planet and us, long before the woes of #ClimateChange. The world is getting darker and the end will come.

People, especially Christians, seem to be anxious about the last days. We are in the last days, but that could still represent another hundred years. The Bible tells us to recognize the seasons around us but that no man knows the day or the hour the end will come. What I do know is that God does not want His people cowering in fear or becoming indifferent about evil, thinking there is nothing they can do to influence this world or the people in it to a better placeultimately toward Jesus and eternal life. Resisting Satan and his ways with the help of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God will make you stronger. Becoming indifferent will suck you into the worlds way like a raft on a raging current over a waterfall. Indifference will result in you becoming cold and callous to God's ways like the rest of the world.

There is turmoil in the world, but there always has been. The many evils of sin create turmoil. Today we have social media to broadcast and amplify that turmoil to every corner of the earth. As it does, it creates a spirit of fear. Fear does its work. It has the power to deceive, to manipulate, to paralyze, and to bring great discouragement and depression. It also has the power to make you feel like the world is caving in on you! It's not!
Jesus said that there would be “last days.” In these last days, man would become his own god or solution to everything. Jesus Christ and Christians would become a hindrance and an obstruction to the freedom of man’s sinful choices and false religion. This godless world will increasingly reject Jesus and us as Christians! They also reject the boundaries God gave us for righteous living as archaic in this morally destitute world. All this tells us we are coming closer to the day when Jesus will return. God’s word was always meant to produce reverential fear (respect) for God in our heart, but it was never been written to produce fear! 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

God does not want you to live your life in fear no matter what's going on in the world around you! Living in fear keeps you ignorant or deceived, and manipulated and paralyzed from the authority and freedom to live godly lives boldly. Those who live in fear are also living in discouragement. Discouragement unchecked leads you to depression and hopelessness which is why people kill themselves. Discouragement is designed by Satan to keep you from exercising your sound mind—a mind of clear thinking that can pray in faith and live life God's way. 1 John 4:18 (NLT) says, “...love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear…” 

Until Jesus comes back. we will always live in an earth that has turmoil. The devil would like you to cower and be paralyzed with fear. This might be the behavior of the wicked who has no discernment, but not you! Proverbs 28:1 (NLT) says, “The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.” You are called to “resist the devil" (or demonic influences and behaviors.) James 4:7 (NIV) says, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."  

Yes, the world’s actions do try to invade and affect our mind and lives, but the Lord wants us to rise up in the spirit of prayer and boldness toward what is right and good. James 5:16 (NLT)  reminds you of who you are in Christ saying, “...The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” That's you! Your prayers of sincere faith in God's promises are what produce change and the good we hope for in this world.

The confession of your mouth when your life feels like it's in turmoil, needs to be the same as David’s was in his world of turmoil, in his day. Your faith needs to believe, pray, and say these words in a spirit of thanksgiving to God boldly each day till you absolutely believe them.

(Various verses from Psalm 91)
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." His faithful promises are my armor and protection. I will not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor fear the dangers of the day… Though a thousand fall at my side, though ten thousand are dying around me, these evils will not touch me. But I will see it with my own eyes; I will see how the wicked are punished. Because I make the Lord my refuge and the Most High my shelter, no evil will conquer me,  no plague will come near my dwelling.  For He orders His angels to protect me wherever I go.

Yes, the world we live in is dimming and getting darker. But, you can be an agent of light representing Jesus in this world and being a vessel of faith-filled prayers that do change things! Don't let the devil trample you! Trample him! Remind him of his destiny. Then remind him of yours with Jesus. Then pray in faith believing! Your faith and your prayers matter! Don't bury your head in the sand out of fear or indifference! Be bold as a lion! Have faith in God. Receive these promises into your life. And pray for this world. It needs Jesus, your prayers, your action, and your light!

Proverbs 28:1 (NKJV) "The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Yes You Do Self-Talk so Make it Work For You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Did you know that most people talk to themselves? You talk to yourself don't you?  Of course you do. We all do! People engage in self-talk all the time. You see people talking to themselves as they walk down the street or as they drive in their car. They talk to themself when they are intently working on something. They talk to themselves when they are frustrated or mad. Athletes talk to themselves as they are focusing on their next effort and achievement. People that engage in public speaking or performing talk to themselves before they hit their stage. I could go on and on but the bottom line is this, people instinctively talk to themselves.

If we talk to ourselves all the time anyway, why not speak words that will benefit us and others? Why not talk the promises of God? Why not profess them over our life? Why not profess who we are in Christ? Why not talk to ourselves about God and how awesome He is? Why not talk about the victory that He will lead us to in every situation? Does that sound crazy? It’s not! It's simply an exchange of negative words, for Christ-centered words!

Most people do the opposite. They talk unbelief and cursing over themselves. Maybe you've heard others or yourself say things like:
  • “I just know I am going to get laid off.”
  • “They’ll probably ask me to take a pay cut.”
  • “It’s flu season. I always seem to catch the flu.”
  • “I’ll catch a cold. I get one every year.”
  • “We are never going to have enough money to get a bigger house.”
  • "I'll never find a man I like that will love me." 
  • “I’ll never find the right person to marry.”
  • “This country is going down the tubes.”
  • “I’ll never be any good at this.”
  • “Why can't I get this? Why am I are so dense?”
This kind of derogatory self-talk is common. People talk to themselves like this every day—not to mention talking to themselves about others! "What an idiot! What in the heck is he doing?"  People instinctively self-talk speaking doubt and negative expectation over their life and others daily!

Ephesians 4:29 (KJV) says, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Since the majority of all people admit to self-talk, why not turn it to our advantage? Why not build ourselves up rather than speak destructive words that do affect our heart and mind and perpetuate discouragement. We are motivated to talk to ourselves instinctively so why not just put God's promises and words in our mouth and speak faith-filled edifying words? After all, words have more power than we understand.

Psalm 33:6 (NIV) reminds us that God used His Word to create. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”

Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) reminds us “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Become more purposeful in the words you speak over yourself and others in your self-talk. Either talk with God or talk to yourself about His love and promises to you! Fill your mouth with faith-filled words that carry good expectation. Speak words of thanksgiving knowing God is always with you and despite circumstances is there to help you! It doesn't cost you anything but will change everything! And you already do the self-talk thing, so make it work for you! Use it to build you up! Not reinforce discouragement!

Say or pray, Heavenly Father, I thank you that your Word says you have given me the mind of Christ. I thank you because of the Holy Spirit in me, I have your thoughts and your ways within me. You said you give wisdom liberally to those who ask. I ask you and thank you for your wisdom operating in my life. I thank you that your word says that because I love and obey you, you bless everything I put my hand to. I love you and praise you for blessing all I do today. I praise you that your word is working to create everything that is good and beautiful for my life. I thank you for your promise saying You would withhold no good thing from those that love you. I am blessed to be a blessing today and I say it, pray it, and praise you for it!

Proverbs 13:3 (NIV) "He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 03, 2018

Speak With Restraint and You'll Change and Bless Your World

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I had just gotten up and was getting ready for the day. I was asking the Lord to help me with an issue I needed to deal with and the conversation I needed to have with someone to resolve it. Suddenly the Lord brought a verse to my heart. Proverbs 19:11 (NIV) "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense." I could hear the Lord speak to my heart.  He said, I don’t want you to have that conversation. There are times where some things are left better unspoken. It was so simple and gave me such clear direction. I knew the Lord was telling me to overlook this situation and let it go. I knew it was going to help me and protect me in more ways than I could foresee.

When I think of all the basic biblical life-application lessons I have studied over the years, I’ve probably spent more time studying the importance of right-thinking and the words we speak, than anything else. In my view, it is the place where people hurt and get hurt the most. If only the old saying, Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me were true. It’s one of the most untrue expressions that has ever been passed along in life. Words damage people, and some so badly, they never fully recover. God tells us that learning to communicate effectively is what makes us perfect meaning complete and mature. James 3:2 NIV says, “We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.”

Far too many people say whatever comes to mind. Those people fall into the Not Too Bright category! The opposite of that is where wisdom lies. There is much that passes through our thought-life that we should never say. Proverbs 14:3 (NLT) "A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe." 

The mind should be filtered in the same way people use a filter to purify water. As you learn God's Word, the Holy Spirit gives you discernment that teaches and guides you to cast down wrong thoughts and restrain wrong thinking and damaging words. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) says, "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 is only then that your mind, thoughts, and words work in harmony to speak words that produce life and blessing. This process protects us from the danger spoken of in Proverbs 29:20 NLT  “There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.”

Renee and I are the parents of four adult children. Each one graduated from college, got married, and have children. They are our children but they are also adults. Of course we have thoughts and opinions about decisions they make. Most of them in our view have been fabulous. But there is always the occasional time we may not agree with a decision they’ve made. As a parent, the temptation to say something is often there. But when a decision is not destructive, or evil, or one that will hurt them or others, then we have no right to give our opinion. It’s their life. Unless they ask us what we think, it’s not our business to interfere. I loved this about my parents.
Though they had very strong opinions, they never dumped them on us or interfered in our decisions or life. They prayed for us and supported us because they realized that we could figure out our life without their opinions, although we did value their wisdom.

Words, opinions, random thoughtsthe mind is filled with them. People think Social Media is a license to vomit any thought they think to the world, and do so all day long. It's hurt our world! God's word teaches us the critical need for retraining our thoughts and our tongue. God will help us to discern what is appropriate to say from that which we should never say, and even what to cast out of our thought-life. This is true for every part of our life and every person and relationship. As a Christian, if you pay attention, you'll feel that yellow warning-light when you are about to say what you shouldn't. You need to learn to pay attention to it and pause and get God's heart and direction in times like that. It will save you and others from so much heart-ache. As we heed His advice, we become more and more mature and complete“the perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.” He helped me walk closer toward that goal this morning. He guided me through what I should and shouldn’t say! Thank you Lord!

Proverbs 13:3 (MSG)  "Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 30, 2018

An Inspirational Story: The Joy That Selfless Kindness Brings to Others

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Mitch and Ramona live on a Minnesota lake. One day Mitch had an idea. Their lake was froze over as all lakes do in Minnesota. It was also covered with snow as is also the case with Minnesota lakes. As he was looking out the window overlooking the lake, he had a thought. I'd like to get a four-wheeler and put a plow on it. I'll plow a path all the way around the lake and a couple of ice rinks for people to use. If I did, people would get outside and go for walks and have a place for some fun activity.  

As he shared this idea with his wife Ramona, her first thought was, Does this boy just want another toy or is he serious? She knew her good man loved the people on this lake and supported Mitch in the dream. It didn't take Mitch long to find a used 4 wheeler and get a plow on it.

He got it home, went down to the lake, and began to learn the reality of his commitment—plowing as 3 mile path around the lake and keep it plowed throughout the multiple snowfalls over the course of a Minnesota winter. He would soon learn that there was a skill-set to be learned to snowplowing on ice with a four-wheeler. That was an adventure in itself. Mitch eventually mastered that skill and before long, behold—there was a wide walking path around the lake with three ice rinks that he had plowed in different areas.

Remember the movie, Field of Dreams—Build it and they will come? Well that is exactly what happened. The community of lake home owners and people from the neighbor began to use the path and enjoy a winter on the lake like they hadn't before. And oh how grateful they were!

Some of those in the homeowners association put together an invite for everyone to come out and enjoy the weather. Caribou coffee, hot chocolate, marshmallows, and other various goodies along with a mobile fire pit were brought to the event—and oh how the neighborhood came out! There was 80-100 adults and children, maybe more, that had come along with a number of dogs that were also able to enjoy the event. People didn't just stay for a few minutes. Many stayed for hours. People were meeting their neighbors, pointing out what house they lived in, and getting to know each other, eating many of the food dishes people brought, skating and playing hockey and more. After a few weeks of brutally cold weather, this had turned out to be a gorgeous day in the mid 30's, probably feeling almost tropical to the crowd out there. The snow was perfect for building a snow man or a fun snow-ball fight for the kids—both which happened! It was a celebration of pure community such as you seldom see.

Person after person reached out to Mitch and Ramona to thank them, not only for plowing the path, but for actually keeping it up. Mitch had become a cult-hero but Ramona was not left out. People knew that without her supporting him this wouldn't have happened. For Mitch and Ramona, it was simply an extension of who they are. Taking care of people is what they do for a living. As owners of Provident Home Healthcare, their company takes care of people 24 hours a day 7 days a week. And that should be a part of this story. As their close friend, I know first-hand of the long hours they put in day after day. They rarely take a complete day off. So to make this kind of commitment for the sake of their neighbors only amplified their actions of kindness.

I talked to many people there that day. Sharon, a middle age woman who has lived on the lake for a very long time had already walked around the lake twice that day. She spilled over with the appreciation. She said, In all the many years I've lived on this lake, I've never seen this happen. It's brought an entire new level of appreciation for the lake. I am enjoying it this winter like I never have and I've gotten to know or speak to so many more neighbors. I'm so thankful to them. And these kinds of statements were repeated to me over and over as I met and talked with the people there that day. To me, this is a story about selfless kindness for the sake of others that brings such profound joy. That was what I saw on the faces of people all day. Joy! This day demonstrated Romans 12:10 to me which says, "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another..."

This precious couple had been kindly and affectionately putting others before themselves and the neighborhood all came out on this day to share their thanks and appreciation for it! Wouldn't it be wonderful if neighborhoods could once again be filled with people who think about how to selflessly be a blessing to each other?

John 13:34 (NLT) "So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Take Authority Over Fear and Tormenting Thoughts!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

About eight years ago, my daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters answered the call on their life and moved to Peru as missionaries.  Prior to that, they owned the house next door to us, had worked with us in ministry for over a decade, and were a part of our daily life. We often had dinner together. Our granddaughters were over all the time. Our lives were interwoven. Suddenly they were gone! On the day we brought them out to the airport to say goodbye, my heart was ripped out! They would be far away and in another country. I couldn't imagine life without them nearby and I can honestly say that it was one of the most difficult times I have ever walked through in my life.  When people brought it up, it took over a year before I could even complete a sentence talking about it. My eyes would well up with tears and I couldn't choke the words out. It almost felt like a death.

The loss of them being in our lives was devastating to me! I suddenly found myself under an attack of mental warfare incomparable to anything I had ever experienced. At times I would stop and pay attention to what was going though my mind. I could see ridiculously irrational thoughts that were exaggerated and fear producing. I won’t even repeat them here but they were bad. They were an attack from the enemy of my soul and they were meant to knock me off my course in serving God and create life-threatening discouragement and depression. That was Satan’s goal, but it was not going to happen!

Fear is a very real thing. 1 John 4:18 (NKJV) says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment…” God doesn't want us to be the victim of fear. Satan would like to control our lives with it. Fear is the strategy of a terrorist—Satan being the father of them all. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” God does not want us to be controlled by fear. He wants us to become overcomers of fear. 1 John 4:4 (NKJV) says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He (Jesus) who is in you is greater than he (Satan and every demonic spirit) who is in the world.”

The Bible speaks of strongholds. If you want to understand what that is, try to remember back in your childhood or at some point in your life when someone wrapped and locked their arms around you from behind and you couldn't move.  That is what a demonic stronghold works to do—paralyze you in fear in the realm of your imagination. Satan tries to flood your mind with thoughts that produce paralyzing fear. The goal is to lead its victim to every wrong imagination possible with the hope of destroying that person’s faith and getting them to abandon their trust in God.

God has given us spiritual authority over these strongholds and over your own mind. God wants us to demolish those kinds of strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV) says, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” He is saying that we are not going to overcome fear, terror, or depression with drugs or with guns or earthly weapons. The weapons of our warfare are God’s word believed and spoken in faith. Because of the Holy Spirit within you, you have power over those strongholds—power to demolish them. How do we do that? The next verse tells us saying “...casting down mental arguments and imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV)

This verse says we cast out what is contrary to God’s Word and we bring every one of our thoughts into captivity. In other words, we take authority over our thought-life and bring it under our control!

I have learned over the years that I tear down demonic imaginations by taking authority over my own mind—the mind that God gave me for His purposes—not Satan’s. I rebuke and cast out thoughts I know are wrong—whatever they are. Get out in Jesus name! are familiar words I've spoken a thousand times. I replace those thoughts with the truth and promise of God’s word saying things like, I have the mind of Christ, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and with God for me, who can be against me? Greater is He that is in me, than he (every demonic spirit) that is in the world. I resist the devil. Flee now in Jesus name. These are ways we take authority over those strongholds. When the truth and promise of God becomes our stronghold, we are living safe in God’s stronghold.

1 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT) reminds us, "But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ." The stronghold of God and the Hebrew word it comes from implies an impenetrable fortress of God—a safe place. "The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 21:1 (NIV)  We are not to become subject to Satan’s strongholds of fear and terrorism. We are to take every thought captive and put God’s thoughts on the throne of our mind. This is how we begin to have the mind of Christ. This is where we learn to overcome our fears and take dominion over our thought-life.

The onslaught of warfare from my children moving was a battle for about two and a half days, but then it was over. It was still tough for a year. I missed them every day. But, I knew that God makes every season of life rich! That would be the case for Renee and I and for my daughter's family!  And now looking back, that is exactly what happened. They are being used in a glorious way and exactly where God wants them, and our lives are filled serving God through our ministry AND with new grandchildren here to spend time with.

Satan will always try to create fear in our life. God has given us His word, His promises, and His authority to demolish it! Your part is having faith and using your authority. God's word is quick and powerful and always does it's part! So as God teaches us in His Word, James 4:7 (NKJV) "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." I pray that you also will demolish thoughts that produce fear and torment in your life! Trusting God and having His peace is His will for you!

Psalm 18:2-3 (NLT) “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold. I will call on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, for He saves me from my enemies.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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