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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Your Help When Feeling Overwhelmed!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Most people have experienced overwhelming hurt, anger, and pain at the hand of another person at some point in their life. There can be so much emotional resentment built up in you, that you feel almost numb. You can't think. You don't feel like doing anything. You just want to shut your eyes and escape. And many do to drugs, alcohol, or a favorite vice.

I pray that none of you are in this state of mind and heart today, but its likely that you have felt like this and will feel like this again. What can we do at times like this? What should we do when we feel so overwhelmed and out of control by circumstances and our own feelings that we can't focus or think straight?

I'll make a suggestion at the risk that you might think it overly simplistic. I don't think it is. I believe it can work every time! It’s something I first noticed, then learned, by observation. My father-in-law executed it perfectly and repeatedly when my children were small. It's the art of distraction.

You know how little kids are. They get upset easily and over the most ridiculous things. (Much like adults do only they don’t want to admit they're acting like children.) They get upset, scream, the cry, and can be difficult to get under control. My father-in-law was the master of distraction when my kids got this way. He simply drew their attention to something else long enough to forget what they were upset about. It worked and it was amazing!

When a person is feeling overwhelmed, the negative thoughts creating this feeling are recycled over and over. They exacerbate the feeling of being overwhelmed. If you keep your mind on those negative thoughts, you will stay in that smothering state of mind. If you become distracted, your thoughts have time to move elsewhere and you can begin to find light and your way of escape.

You can probably remember a time when you were really mad at someone when suddenly the telephone rang or somebody walked in on you and interrupted the moment. Because you didn't want them to see you angry, you quickly put on a fake face and had a normal conversation with them, even talking and laughing with them. It probably distracted you enough to partially forget what was bothering you before they came along. When they left, you may have gone back and continued to be mad, but if you did, it was only because you've made the decision to be and it wasn't close to the level before the distraction.

There is another distraction I would call a godly distraction. It's my favorite and it works every time! It’s called spending time in the Word of God. It might seem like the last thing you'd want to do when you feel like this, but it can be your answer. Let me explain.

At first you might read for a while and catch yourself thinking about everything but what you are reading. At that point what you are reading is doing no good. It's not penetrating. Your mind is still elsewhere. But if you will ask God to help you focus on what you read, He will help you! As you will begin to see, hear, and think about the words you are reading, His Word can get through to you and begin to take your heart to a better place.

On this Spirit-led journey you may stumble across some scripture like Proverbs 20:9 NIV that says, "Who can say, 'I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?'" That verse may speak to your heart and soon you'll hear the Holy Spirit speak to you saying, You've blown it too so why don't you cut them some slack! You may stumble across others scriptures that begin to speak to your heart and soften the anxiety your feeling. You begin to experience a refreshing of mercy, grace, and forgiveness, as well as instruction for what to do.

Then you may drift over to another scripture like Isaiah 55:6-7 NIV that jars you saying, "Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.”  You know that God is speaking to your heart.

Have you ever tried to fly a kite when there was no wind? You run and run trying to get that thing in the air wanting it to stay up. As soon as you stop running, it crashes to the ground. That's what happens when we try to resolve negative feelings and circumstances ourselves. We are trying to fly a kite with no wind. When we let negative thoughts be positively distracted by the power of God's Word and let it breathe life and promise back into our lives, then the Holy Spirit can blow and keep that kite of hope in the air.

Suddenly Isaiah 55:11 NIV speaks to you saying, “…My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." These are words of promise. God is near. He is bigger than you. He is smarter than you. He knows your past and your future. And He has your solutions! And He promises to heal you and help you move forward in forgiveness or through your hard circumstances. That’s what I call a Holy Ghost distraction designed to get your mind off what is bad and back on what is good. And... He promises that His Word will work in you if you give yourself over to it!

We do have things happen that try to overwhelm us and those feelings can be suffocating. But, God's Word can pull us out. Let its power initially distract you from those feelings and then complete its work calming you, giving your direction, building your faith, and helping you to move forward in peace. It will work in you! It won’t return void. Let God's Word do what it was meant to do in your life. Pray first asking Him to speak to you and then be helped and refreshed as He ministers to your heart!  Amen!

Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) "For the word of God is living and powerful..." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Living On the Fence Will Torment You! Live Strong!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Our local car wash has a free vacuum that has fantastic suction. That's great for cleaning the car but it often sucks up a pen or something that I didn't want to be sucked up. The world is like that vacuum in that it's always trying to suck Christians into the worldly lifestyles that corrupt and steal from this life, and undermine the abundantly blessed life Jesus wants us to experience. I have heard too many Christians say these kinds of things too many times. Oh well, what can I do? Times have changed. Open and greater sexuality is just a part of life. It’s everywhere! Do you expect me to be a monk? You can't watch TV without seeing sexuality and hearing profanity. You can't find a movie without it, so I might as well accept it and get used to it.  Or, I can handle itit won't hurt me. I work with people who swear and tell dirty jokes and talk freely about their sexual exploits all the time. Its a part of my daily life so I don't see the big deal if I watch it on TV or the movies. It's not going to hurt me! 

People that think they are immune from corrupt sources affecting them, are lying to themselves. They've already experienced spiritual setbacks but are blind to it. 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV) says, "Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." 

The Apostle Paul warns us in Ephesians 5:3-11 NIV writing, "For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them."

I remember as a young Christians learning to read the Bible and reading these words for the first time. I went from feeling saved by Jesus, to feeling unsaved—in a moment's time. I was so far from living what these scriptures were calling for that I instantly felt condemned. To me, the standard the Apostle Paul was instructing us to live felt impossible. I was re-convinced I couldn't live the Christian life—that it was impossible for me to accomplish this.

Let's get this straight! God loves us! The depth of His love, mercy, and grace is incomprehensible! Condemnation is not His plan or message to us! His intend in these verse is not about condemnation, but warning us from the position of love, that things will impact us. They will get in our head. They will make their way to our heart. They will have their impact on our walk with God. There is no argument. This is a fact! The cry of God's love is trying to protect us from being lured into and taken captive by Satan. In 2 Timothy, we can clearly see that there is a high road and low road which you can end up on. You can be one ever-growing in the Lord and living to be a light to the dark world around you, or you can be one who walks carelessly and eventually becomes Satan's captive.

The Apostle Paul wasn't writing to condemn. His heart was to protect and is clear in these verses: "And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose Jesus he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will." 2 Timothy 2:24-26 NIV

For those with a conscience and a soft heart intact, living on the fence with one foot in both worlds is a spiritual nightmare. When people are caught living between this sinful world and God's world, we hear those words of God crying out in our heart: 2 Corinthians 6:17 (NIV) "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." 

I had to learn to go all out for God or not at all. I learned to make Bible reading, prayer, attending church (where the Bible was taught), commitment in service to God in some capacity, fellowship with other Christians, and sharing Jesus Christ with those around me, the standard and priorities I would live my life by. All these things combined became the ultimate source of strength and shield to help me walk out the Apostle Paul's instruction. I am not saying it was easy. It wasn't. But it was right. And it was pleasing to God. But making commitments that result in a good life-change only come with greater internal battles that God will help you win. And if Jesus could die for me, then I could surely lean on His Word and His promise to forgive me. I could receive His grace and strength to commit to change! And slowly but surely I did. Satan has no hold on me! That is what God's word teaches and I had to believe it! Ungodly living was and is still being purged from my life. God's blessing is no longer undermined by behaviors that Christians are supposed to separate their lives from. This is what God meant when He told us to "come out from them and be separate..." This is the life that brought me joy and peace. Anything less left me dissatisfied and disappointed in myself.

I can look back now and praise God that I did not waste years in captivity feeling beat up, accused, and condemned by the devil. Jesus had already forgiven me. He set me free from the power of sin, and empowered me to change with the help of His grace and Spirit. I just had to quit trying to have some of both worlds.

It has been awesome to see my life transformed making choices God would be pleased with. It doesn't get any better than experiencing His blessing and the gratification of stealing souls from Satan's grip—instead steering them toward the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ.

You may be in a work-place or daily surroundings filled with ungodly influences. But, you don't have to cave to them. You can stand strong in the Lord today! You can be the light in the darkness. You can be an influence that helps others while helping yourself. It may not seem like you have much impact initially, but I guarantee you that as you look back ten years from now, you'll have a smile. You will have grown in your walk with God and touched lives along the way. You will have experienced greater blessing. And your heart will be overflowing with thanksgiving to God for His mercy and grace helping you to become separate and an influence for Him!

Eph. 5:10-11 (NLT) "Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, February 26, 2018

The Fulfillment of Godly Desires in You!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

I really need to start ....!   Do you ever hear yourself think or say those words. Some say exercising. Others say, eating better, Others say reading my Bible and praying. The list is endless. You wouldn't call those fleshly desires or they'd be easy to do!

God does create desires within our heart. And of course the desires He gives us are godly and given by Him for the purpose of leading us to His path of blessing, contentment, and peace. Psalms 37:4 (NIV) says, "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart."

Sometimes we have things stirring in us that have to do with changes we think are needed. Thinking about them and actually executing them are two different things. Thinking about them can be so easy and can continue for days, months and years. Executing those changes can be so frustrating—too often resulting in a track-record of aborted attempts. Has God been stirring up desires in your life about something He wants you to do? Have you been struggling to get started? Is there something you need so that you can do what it is you feel God wants you to do? Is it motivation? Is it courage? Is it resources of some kind? Is it all these things?

God has made His grace (His supernatural help) available to you. If He is creating the desire within you, then He wants to help you fulfill that desire. So know this! Make this one of the most important spiritual truths you know! What God calls you to do, He equips you to do!  Hebrews 13:20-21 (NLT) says, "Now may the God of peace...equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to him forever and ever!"

Hebrews 4:16 NKJV says, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Romans 5:2 NIV says, "through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God." Whatever it is, let God know and stand in faith for it.

I'll never forget one of these moments in Renee and my life. We were too busy to go to the gym yet knew we needed to workout more. The stress that comes from ministry can be overwhelming but exercise helps reduce and manage that stress. We needed to manage our better! We put it to the Lord in prayer and wrote it on a list we kept in our kitchen, of things we were standing in faith for.  The Lord had taught us over the years to be persistent but patient trusting Him. One day I get a call from a friend in the industry who had just created a beautiful piece of equipment—a strength-training home gym that was compact but amazing! He needed a few people he trusted to test it so he gave us one. It was worth thousands of dollars. We could see God honoring our prayers and we were so glad we prayed and waited on God!  This all started with something stirring in our hearts and deciding that this was God's will and the time was now.

Once you're sure it's God's desire stirring in your heart, it's then time to take a bold step in faith believing it will be empowered by God’s grace. In the story of Joshua taking the people of God into the Promised Land, they came to the Jordan River. God told them to take a step into the river. As soon as they took that first step and touched the water, it parted and let them walk through as we see in Joshua 3:14-16.  "When the people set out to cross the Jordan, the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. Now it was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river's edge, the water began backing up and piling up at a town upstream… Then all the people crossed over near the city of Jericho."

Procrastination is a curse. Doing what God is leading you to do is a blessing. But don't fear. You are not on your own! If God is leading you, He will equip you! Your faith is the bridge to that equipping. By His grace He'll equip you with the motivation, with the courage, and with the resources you need. First, know what it is God wants you to do. Second, ask Him for help praying and expecting God to lead you and guide you. Be patient and stand and pray until you see God's hand and help. Third, take action steps He leads you to take. You have a part to play and that is to obey! Thank Him every step of the way as His grace empowers you with everything you need to do His will!  He will lead you and help you as you take the first steps of faith. His grace will help you keep moving forward until His desire is completed in you! So don't be afraid! Determine God's will, and begin to pray and do as He leads! 

Hebrews 13:21 "May God equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 23, 2018

An Act of Kindness and Prayer That Won't Be Forgotten / And an Update!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Around the days leading up to the Superbowl in Minneapolis, Minnesota, my good friends Pastors Folu and Tammara Gisanri who worked for me, led a wonderful outreach to the many visitors coming in town. The following article was written by a news anchor that had an encounter with them. I pray it blesses and inspires you. It did me and I love these precious people! 
Here is the testimony directly from Malorie Maddox of WOWT, News Anchor/ Reporter from Omaha, Nebraska. Enjoy! 
For 4 days we were in Minneapolis bringing you the entire experience of the Super Bowl. I was with so many of my co-workers--hard workers, my work "family." On the last day--a few blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium, Nick Bohan and I ran into these wonderful people offering free hot apple cider outside their church. (It was RECORD cold on game day.) We did an interview and they offered us two cups. As we were about to walk away, they asked Nick and I if they could they could pray for us.

This is the first time as a journalist I have ever had this happen. Tammara Gisanri said a prayer wishing us safe travels home. Little did we know, less than 24 hours later we would almost be in a 5-car pile-up on I-35. It is a miracle we did not hit any cars in our news unit. Yes, we were going very slow. Yes, we were able to avoid it. But soon after, 50-70 cars were involved in a pile-up, leaving one dead and more than a dozen injured.

I can't tell you how thankful I am to Tammara for this moment. A reminder of kindness. of strangers looking out for you. Taking a moment to wish you safe travels. I will never forget escaping that crash--and seeing that all of my co-workers managed to get home. I will never forget my son running in the door and screaming, "Mom, I missed you!"

Thank you Tammara and Living Word Christian Center. You may not remember meeting me, but l will always remember what you did for us.


And now, A Review of 2017 From Pastor Tim and Renee.  Please read this. Thank you! 

It's time for an update! 2018 is off to a great start, and it's been a fabulous year already! Renee and I left for a mission trip to Peru on New Years Eve 2017.  We reunited in Lima with our daughter and family who are pastors and missionaries in Peru. They work for the most wonderful church, Camino De Vida, and I was able to minister at three of their services. Renee and I were also able to connect with an orphanage for severely disabled children, who because of the severity of their physical problems are never adopted. We brought many supplies and resources to help support the orphanage and missionaries there.  It was a shorter trip for me than for Renee, because I had to be back for obligations at home. She continued to stay in Lima to be a blessing for an extra week.  When Renee and I talked about the trip afterwards, we felt like we had an army of people praying, because it was the most seamless and fruitful trip! Thanks to each of you who were praying and to those who donate to our efforts. Your rewards are eternal!

Renee and I have now entered our first full year of not being on staff at a church.  We resigned last May 31, after 35 years in ministry, to focus on our growing and expanding ministry to the world. We are using all we know and have learned over the years to reach the world with the gospel and love of Jesus Christ. We are seeing incredible fruit daily in our efforts. People write me every single day about how Fresh Manna and my Tweets (on Twitter) teach them about Jesus and God's Word, and how it has led them to the Lord or changed their life. I've been writing Fresh Manna since the year 2000. There were readers from three more countries this year, now making it having been read in 217 countries. I was followed on Twitter by over 25,000 more people in 2017, with now over 170,000 followers. Through Twitter and Fresh Manna, our efforts on average reach between 3 to 6 million people a day with the love and encouragement of God's word.

We don't take any salary from this ministry. Every penny is used for ministering the gospel in churches and conferences, online and on the mission field, aiding missionaries, and for reaching and ministering to the impoverished in third world countries! I'll be adding more information shortly about our efforts reaching India and Africa. We thank you for being a part. This is your fruit also!

This is a very short overview of what we are doing though this ministry, and we cannot thank you enough for your prayers and donations.  We praise God for what the Lord is doing through the two of us, and through all of you through your help. God bless you. We pray for you daily!

Proverbs 19:17  “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”

In His Love, 

Pastor Tim Burt
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

God's Power To Be Free From Addiction and Sin!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Every human being was created with the desire to experience change. People desire it and are afraid of it at the same time. One of the biggest fears of change is the fear of the inability to successfully make changes. The universal change that the spirit of all men yearn and cry out for, even though all do not recognize it, is to be reconciled to God by receiving the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

From there, the ongoing desire for change every Christian experiences is to become Christ-like. The pursuit of becoming like Jesusto conform our character, our heart and our purpose to Hisis a lifelong quest but one that always stirs continuing desire for good and godly change. This is good and it is from God!

The other ongoing inward desire for change that every person yearns for is to participate in the supernatural. I'm not kidding. Why do you think people love to read and watch media about superheroes so much?  We are made in the image of God and God IS supernatural! This desire is within every human being whether it's understood or not. You can see this truth as clear as day in 2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV, "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVINE NATURE and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."

Escaping the evil desires that are in this world is only possible by participating in the divine naturein the supernaturalthrough faith. Why do the people in this world spend hundreds of billions of dollars dealing with weight loss, chemical addiction, gambling addiction, sexual addiction and on and on? Because they are unable to control themselves in these areas. Satan has power over those in this world that have not surrendered their lives to God through Jesus Christ.

I read a report that said that 95 percent of all overweight people who lose weight, gain it back. Other studies show that between 65 to 75 percent of criminals released from jail are arrested again. Studies show that most people with addictions are tormented by them all their life. Why is that? Because without God, the power to completely change doesn't happen. With God 2 Corinthians 5:17 becomes true! "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, ALL things have become new."  In Christ, you become a new person with the grace and power of God to help you become Christ-like!

Outside of Christ a person remains in Satan's grip and power. God wants to rescue them from Satan's power and his clutches and that keeps them powerless to make lasting change. Colossians 1:13 (TLB) addresses this saying; "For he has rescued us out of the darkness and gloom of Satan’s kingdom and brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son." 

When someone just can't stop doing what they know is wrong or that they should change, the Bible says they are caught in Satan's power in what is called a stronghold. That could best understood as a wrong desire that we just can’t seem to get control over or break free from. There are negative desires that have power over people. These negative desires or strongholds are broken only with God's power.

You may say, "But Pastor Tim, I know people who have gone to groups and overcome these addictions." They may have gotten some control over their flesh but the desire and the battle over the desires almost always remains within them. They often feel like they are living with a tormenting demon. This is why alcoholics always consider themselves alcoholics. This why alcoholics, sex offenders, criminals, liars, and law-breakers repeat their offences over and over again. This is why those outside of God repeat their sins over and over again.

 Through Christ, that isn't true. We have the power to change! This is why 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIVsays,  “And we... are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”  Only through the supernatural help of God can wrong desires be removed and replaced with good desires. That is a continuing change that everyone desires. No wonder our spirit yearns for the supernatural help of God.

Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) That must become your conscience daily reality. Because it is, you then continuously lean upon the Lord for help in everything. Because you do, you will immediately begin to draw His supernatural strength and grace (His supernatural help.)

How do we begin to lean on God and draw that strength? By learning to know what God says about you and making it a part of your new foundation in Christ. Philippians 4:5 KJV says, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”   God wouldn't tell us to be something we couldn't! If God instructs us to be moderate, then with the help of His grace, we can! If you’ve shown behavior other than moderation it’s time to say, I am not an addict or a slave to anything. God says I am to show moderationthat means I can! I am moderate in Jesus name. Think that in your heart and speak that out your mouth in every situation until you see change begin to take root in you.

That verse finishes “The Lord is at hand.” What does that mean? The picture it paints in its original Greek form is that there is a hand to grasp your hand as one giving aid and strength. That is the supernatural power of God. If you apply your faith and walk it out, you will see God there to help you. Apply this to any scripture that speaks of what you should change toward. Then receive God's grace and “…walk in God’s divine nature and escape the corruption in this world caused by evil desires!” As you do, your light for Jesus will become ever increasingly evident to all! Change is good! Go for it!

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT) "And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Desperation Miraculously Transformed by the Power of God!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

One day just as I was getting up to go to lunch, our receptionist called me to tell me that a man had walked in needing to talk to a Pastor. Usually we meet with people by appointment. He didn’t have one but insisted it was urgent. He had never been to our church before. He drove almost an hour to come and spent even longer looking for it. I skipped my lunch and asked the man to come into my office and sit down. He looked disheveled—like someone who might have been homeless. I asked him how I could help him.

He began to tell me about the incredible amount of hardship and tragedy that had transpired in his life and broke down and wept in the process. He couldn't complete a thought without crying. As he gave me the nutshell version of his childhood, my heart was ripping and I wanted to cry with him. It was like something out of a fictional book it was so bad.

As he continued, he told me that he wanted to live his life right, but no matter how hard he tried he just couldn't seem to find the strength, the will, or the determination to stay on a right track—even though he hated the lifestyle he was presently living. He was desperate to learn what to do to get his life on track, yet he was also in a hopeless state of mind. It  seemed impossible for him to imagine turning his life around after failing at it time and time again.

I pulled out a Bible. He had never read one and didn’t know how to navigate through it. I pulled my chair next to him and showed him how, and had him turn to particular scripture verses. I was patient as he would turn to each one. I wanted him to do it. I had him read each verse I asked him to turn to. He was dyslexic so it took him some time. As he would read a verse, I would expound on it and help him understand it. I had him turn to and read the story of the demoniac in Mark chapter 5. I wanted him to see a man whose life quickly turned around because of Jesus.

After reading it, I took him to a verse that told him he could be "a partaker of a divine nature and escape the corruption that is in the world through lust." (2 Peter 1:4)  I continued to describe how the Holy Spirit comes to indwell those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, and that there is supernatural power and strength available to all who become believers.

As I walked him through verse after verse, letting him read each one and then expounding on them, I began to notice something happening. As he read these verses, his countenance began to change. First he stopped crying. He eventually smiled for the first time. Then he had a look of hope in his eyes. I shared some of my testimony and how God had transformed my life from the pit to the life I love today. I invited him to accept Jesus as his Lord and he accepted. I led him in a prayer to do so.

I then told him that he needed spiritual strength. I told him that strength from God would come from a number of avenues. I told him to get to a church that taught the Bible, and the goodness, the love and the promises of God. I encouraged him to go every time they had a service. Though he lived a distance away, I invited him to come to the monthly men's breakfast that I led at our church. I wanted him to see how hundreds of men drew strength from God. I also encouraged him to read the Bible often and pray. I gave him the Bible we were reading. I told him God would do supernatural things in his life to show him that he was in a right place with God and back on track.

The morning of the men’s breakfast, this man I did not recognize walked up to me. He looked handsome—well groomed and dressed. He had a pleasant smile. It took me a minute before I realized I was talking with the man in my office. I sat him down with a group of men. After the breakfast when I had finished speaking, he came up to me smiling even brighter. He proceeded to tell me that the man sitting next to him was a close friend that he grew up with—a friend he had gotten in trouble with on several occasions. This friend had also given his life to Christ. He hadn't seen him for over ten years and here he was at the breakfast! He knew this couldn’t have been a coincidence. He remembered my words. God used this old friend suddenly being there, to confirm that God was working in his life and leading him down a good path!

I saw him again the next day at our Sunday morning church service. He shared something else with me. He had been living with his girlfriend and he said he wouldn't do it anymore because he did not want to live outside of God's will. He prayed that God would help him find a place to live. Later that day he ran into a man who was distraught because the transmission on his car went out. He told the man he could fix it and in their discussion mentioned that he was looking for a place to live. The man offered him a place to live in exchange for the fixing of his transmission. I could only stand back in be in awe at how powerfully God was working in this man’s life.

In the story of the demoniac, Jesus told the transformed man, "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you." (Mark 5:19) I believe the Lord wants to and has worked to reach us each one of us. He gives each of us a testimony that will in-turn, encourage others. The man that came to my office knew how desperate he was. If we would only realize how desperate we are without God’s love, mercy, and power working in our life. Don't let this story be about just this man! Be as desperate as He was and ask God to move in your life. Let His Word speak to you and lead you! May it be that powerful and real to you and me each and every day.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Raise Your Children to Know and Love God!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Lord, I don't know how to teach Stephanie to know and love you. I need your help. Please show me the way.

That was the cry of my heart to the Lord. I really wanted her and my future children to know the Lord. When you pray a prayer like that, you really don't know how the Lord is going to answer it. Often times you forget you prayed a prayer like that and don't even know and realize it when your answer finally manifests before you. Hindsight almost always helps you see things more clearly.

Back when Stephanie was just eight months old, I was sitting in our family room one evening, watching a little television. I had her sitting on a blanket next to me surrounded by baby paraphernalia—all the things she could stick in her mouth and bite on and play with to be happy. She was sitting there adorable and content. I was watching the TV. When a commercial would come on, I would lean over and play with her for a couple of minutes until the show I was watching came back on. Some time later, another series of commercials would come on and I would give Stephanie a few more minutes of my attention.

As this was going on, I suddenly heard the Lord speak to my heart. Is this the way you are going to raise your daughter—between commercials? I was stunned when I heard this. I just sat there for a minute. I turned off the TV and continued to sit still. The presence of the Lord was there with me. Stephanie continued to sit quietly and content.

The thought suddenly brought me back in my mind to the Sunday morning of Stephanie's baby dedication. The Pastor was teaching from Genesis 18:18-19. "Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, because he will command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what He has promised him." That day, I had pledged in my heart to do what made God so pleased with Abraham. I promised to purposefully raise my children to know and follow the Lord.

I was instantly convicted that playing with Stephanie between the commercials wasn't it. I went upstairs to talk with Renee about my experience with the Lord. She agreed completely and that night we made a pledge to the Lord. We would not turn on the television until after she was in bed. Instead, from the time dinner was over, we would play with her (and eventually all four children,) and then spend a good hour each night just finding fun little ways to teach her (and them) about the Lord.

When Stephanie was about 4 years old, we felt impressed to get involved helping with children's ministry at church. (By that time, we had just had our third child.) We learned many things about effective ministry to children and taught the children at church two Sunday night services a month for eight years. We had great fun in doing so. The side-benefit was that we were taking what we learned about ministering at church, home to minister to our own children. It was great and it was fun.

We used puppets at church to minister to the kids and it was one of their favorite parts of the Sunday School class. We ended up buying some animal puppets that we named and developed personalities for. Renee and I would do funny little puppet shows with a moral and biblical truth—often reflecting something that was going on in their lives (whining, fighting, sharing, etc) or in our home. Our kids loved it and eventually wanted to create puppet shows of their own.

We'd also memorize scripture together—another thing we learned at church, rewarding the children when they had learned a new verse by heart. We always read from different kinds of Bible books that were age appropriate. We often played children's music about the Lord and occasionally watched Bible videos. We did many fun little things along the way. And then we would always pray together as a family. Each one of the kids would pray from their heart unto the Lord out loud.

As I look back, God's leading us in all these ways, was the beginning of how God answered my prayer. I prayed Lord please teach me how teach my children to know and love you and He did. Since I didn't know how to do this, the Lord showed me without me realizing it, by leading Renee and I to help serve in children’s ministry. One of the promises of God that we clung to in faith was Isaiah 54:13 NKJV"All your children shall be taught by the LORD, And great shall be the peace of your children." The Lord fulfilled this by teaching us how to minister to them! The Lord gave us fun ideas that the kids loved and could learn from and they really began to know and love the Lord!

Each child is unique in how they learn but the promise is—“All your children shall be taught by the Lord…” You’ll be involved in the process and He’ll show you how as you seek Him. And then when they leave the house as young adults, you will continue to cling to this promise all the days of your life!  And P.S. this is my beautiful daughter Stephanie today, a missionary and Pastor with her husband and two daughters in Lima Peru! 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Have You Tasted Jesus?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I am re-posting this by request. I hope you'll enjoy it!  Bless you, Pastor Tim

Have You Tasted Jesus?

At the University of Chicago Divinity School, each year, they have what is called "Baptist Day." On this day, each one is to bring a lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every "Baptist Day" the school would invite one of the greatest minds to lecture in the theological education center. 

One year they invited Dr. Paul Tillich. Dr.Tillich spoke for two and one-half hours attempting to prove that the resurrection of Jesus was false. He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book. He concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection, the religious tradition of the church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo... because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact never rose from the dead in any literal sense. He then asked if there were any questions.

After about 30 seconds, an old, dark-skinned preacher with a head of short-cropped, woolly white hair stood up in the back of the auditorium. "Docta Tillich, I got one question," he said as all eyes turned toward him.

He reached into his sack lunch and pulled out an apple and began eating it. "Docta Tillich... CRUNCH, MUNCH... My question is a simple question... CRUNCH, MUNCH... "Now, I  ain't never read them books you read... CRUNCH, MUNCH... and I can't recite the Scriptures in the original Greek... CRUNCH,  MUNCH... I don't know nothin' bout Niebuhr and Heidegger... CRUNCH, MUNCH..."

He finished the apple... "All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate... was it bitter or sweet?
Dr. Tillich paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly fashion... "I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven't tasted your apple." 

The white-haired preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled paper bag, looked up at Dr. Tillich and said calmly, "Neither have you tasted my Jesus." 

The 1,000 plus in attendance could not contain themselves. The auditorium erupted with applause and cheers.

Dr. Tillich thanked his audience and promptly left the platform.

"Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. If you have, rejoice in the hope of the resurrection that your faith in Him brings." -- Psalm 34:8

Have you tasted Jesus? You can begin to "taste" Him here. 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It’s Not About the Nail - Valentines Day!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Happy Valentines Day!  I'm sure many of you have seen this, but thought I would repost it because it's so funny! (At least to me.)  

So much of the teaching to men these days, stresses, "Men, just listen to your wife. She doesn't want you to fix the problem. Just listen and have empathy for what she is saying! Then you'll succeed! This video is a spoof on that! 
Okay, now watch and enjoy!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

You Are Not A Slave To Sin! Know God's Freedom

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When I was a kid, I remember often thinking, I can’t wait till I’m an adult and I can do what I want. Wasn't that a thought you sometimes had as you were looking forward to getting older and growing up?

Welcome to adulthood. You learned the brutal reality that you still don't get to do everything you want. You are mature enough now to know that if you just fleshed out and did everything you felt like, your life would quickly become a disaster! There seems to be an endless list of things people are addicted to these days, and that is the result of someone letting your mind and flesh do what it wanted. So God never intended for people do to just anything! And for those what would wonder, Why did God create this evil around us?, the answer is, He didn't. Men took what was good and perverted its use and that is why we have so many evils that are in this world. And because of that, the Christian life has to be a life of appreciated restraint. 

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A Christian is one because of their revelation of who Jesus Christ is and because they have personally received Him as their Lord and Savior. At that point, this truth of restraint slowly becomes revealed and unfolded in a Christian's heart. We see it in 1 Corinthians. 6:19-20 (NLT) “…Don't you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 

When we can't seem to break free from doing the wrong behaviors that we want to stop, we are in slavery. Slavery is bondage and the devil tries to enslave you in bondage to things. But the good news, though Satan has enslaved you, Jesus has made you free! 1 Corinthians 7:22 (NLT) says, “And remember, if you were a slave (to sin) when the Lord called you, the Lord has now set you free from the awful power of sin. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ.”

We are free from Satan's grip and power. We've now become “a slave of Christ.” That is an awesome thing because it really represent freedom! As we learn God’s Word, we come to understand that God is good and wants good for us. We learn of His immeasurable love for us. We come to learn His desire for our lives to be filled with His blessing as He directs our path in life. Because we understand that we willingly yield ourselves to the leading of His spirit. We, as a willing slave to Christ, abandon our selfish and lustful ways. We abandon the thinking and attitude I am an adult and I can do whatever I want. Instead, in wanting to be transformed by His Holy Spirit, we yield to learn how to live a life of selflessness—a life of loving and serving others, making you a light to them. As you yield to what God speaks to your heart through His Word, you make sacrifices and push yourself in a direction His Spirit would lead you in, but that your flesh and mind would oppose and never do. It’s often like the adult supervision and parenting to a child, only instead it’s the inward leading of God’s Holy Spirit prompting and leading us—IF we will yield to Him.

God’s Word and His Spirit will reveal to us that there is thinking and behaviors that He wants us to change. For example. His word says that we are not allowed to go to bed at night when we are still angry at our spouse. He doesn’t want a second and third day of this anger taking root and leading to bitterness. He wants our temperament under control. And so He says in Ephesians 4:26 “Don't sin by letting anger gain control over you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry.”  And then He tells us in Mark 11:26, “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." In other words, forgiveness and working through issues expediently is NOT AN OPTION! And if you are yielded to Him, you will do this! And yes, His word leads us to manage our bodies in an appropriate and healthy way!

The good news is, whatever God asks you to do, He equips you to do with His grace and power. You have that power—His help within you. You are not a slave to sin.  As John 8:36 (NIV) tells us, "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." The beginning of that freedom is knowing that it's God's truth and that Satan's lie that you have no power over certain areas IS A LIE! That is the truth that will set you free.

Embrace it! It will produce a freedom that the world does not know! As you read God's word and it speaks to your heart, the Holy Spirit will help and empower you to learn to do what He asks you to do until it becomes a normal part of your life. It will transform you from within and you will walk in the glorious revelation that sin has no power over you! Because of the Holy Spirit in you, you can master your flesh, your thoughts, your attitudes—every part of your life. You are not a slave. You are free and whom the Son sets free is free indeed!

On that note, go live your life the way you know God wants you to. You are empowered to do so!

John 8:36 (NIV) "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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